Elaboration of a 2nd Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Aiming at the Abolition of the Death Penalty

1989/25. Elaboration of a second optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights aiming at the abolition of the death penalty

The Commission on Human Rights, Mindful of its resolution 1984/19 of 6 March 1984, in which it invited the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities to consider the idea of elaborating a draft of a second optional protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Taking note of Sub-Commission resolution 1988/22 of 1 September 1988, by which the Sub-Commission decided without a vote to transmit the comparative analysis and the draft second optional protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights prepared by the Special Rapporteur, Mr. Marc Bossuyt (E/CN.4/Sub.2/1987/20), to the Commission for its consideration, Having examined the analysis and the proposed second optional protocol annexed to that analysis, Taking into account the views of Governments expressed in favour and against the abolition of the death penalty, Wishing to give State parties to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which choose to do so the opportunity to become parties to a second optional protocol on the abolition of the death penalty,

1. Expresses it deep appreciation to the Special Rapporteur for his thorough analysis concerning the proposal to elaborate a second optional protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights aiming at the abolition of the death penalty;

2. Decides to transmit to the General Assembly, through the Economic and Social Council, the comparative analysis and the draft second optional protocol as well as the comments expressed at the thirty-ninth and fortieth sessions of the Sub-Commission and at the forty-fifth session of the Commission on Human Rights;

3. Requests the Secretary-General to bring the comparative analysis prepared by the Special Rapporteur to the attention of all Governments and to invite the Governments to communicate to him, before 1 September 1989, their comments on the text of the draft second optional protocol contained in annex I to the analysis;

4. Requests the Secretary-General to submit to the General Assembly for consideration at its forty-fourth session the aforementioned text and a report containing the views expressed thereon by Governments;

5. Recommends that the General Assembly consider taking suitable action on a second optional protocol on the abolition of the death penalty.

51st meeting
6 March 1989
[Adopted without a vote. See chap. X.]
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