Protocol No. 6 to the 1950 European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, entered into force March 1, 1985.


The member States of the Council of Europe, signatory to this Protocol to the Convention for the
Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, signed at Rome on 4 November 1950
(hereinafter referred to as "the Convention"), Considering that the evolution that has occurred in
several member States of the Council of Europe expresses a general tendency in favour of
abolition of the dealth penalty.

Have agreed as follows:

Article 1

The death penalty shall be abolished. No one shall be condemned to such penalty or
executed.

Article 2

A State may make provision in its law for the death penalty in respect of acts
committed in time of war or of imminent threat of war; such penalty shall be applied
only in the instances laid down in the law and in accordance with its provisions. The
State shall communicate to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe the
relevant provisions of that law.

Article 3

No derogation from the provisions of this Protocol shall be made under Article 15 of
the Convention (3).

Article 4

No reservation may be made under Article 64 of the Convention in respect of the
provisions of this Protocol (4).

Article 5

1.Any State may at the time of signature or when depositing its instrument of
ratification, acceptance or approval, specify the territory or territories to which this
Protocol shall apply.

2.Any State may at any later date, by a declaration addressed to the Secretary
General of the Council of Europe, extend the application of this Protocol to any other
territory specified in the declaration. In respect of such territory the Protocol shall
enter into force on the first day of the month following the date of receipt of such a
declaration by the Secretary General.

3.Any declaration made under the two preceding paragraphs may, in respect of any
territory specified in such declaration, be withdrawn by a notification addressed to the
Secretary General. The withdrawal shall become effective on the first day of the
month following the date of receipt of such notification by the Secretary General.

Article 6

As between the State Parties the provisions of Articles 1 to 5 of this Protocol shall be
regarded as additional articles to the Convention and all the provisions of the
Convention shall apply accordindly.

Article 7

This Protocol shall be open for signature by the member States of the Council of
Europe, signatories to the Convention. It shall be subject to ratification, acceptance or
approval. A member State of the Council of Europe may not ratify, accept or approve
this Protocol unless it has, simultaneously or previously, ratified the Convention.
Instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval shall be deposited with the
Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

Article 8

1. This Protocol shall enter into force on the first day of the month following the date
on which five member States of the Council of Europe have expressed their consent
to be bound by the Protocol in accordance with the provisions of Article 7.

2.In respect of any member State which subsequently expresses its consent to be
bound by it, the Protocol shall enter into force on the first day of the month following
the date of the deposit of the instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval.

Article 9

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe shall notify the member States of the
Council of:

a.any signature; b.the deposit of any instrument of ratification, acceptance
or approval; c.any date of entry into force of this Protocol in accordance
with Articles 5 and 8; d.any other act, notification or communication relating
to this Protocol.



In witness whereof the undersigned, being duly authorised thereto, have signed this Protocol.

Done at Strasbourg, the twenty-eight April one thousand nine hundred and eighty-three, in
English and French, both texts being equally authentic, in a single copy which shall be
deposited in the archives of the Council of Europe. The Secretary General of the Council of
Europe shall transmit certified copies to each member State of the Council of Europe.

PROTOCOL NO. 6 TO THE CONVENTION FOR THE PROTECTION

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