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The Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines and international law expert and ANU Adjunct Professor Dr Christopher Ward, SC, as joint recipients of an out of session Philippines Project special award published a study entitled In Defense of the Right to Life: International Law and Death Penalty in the Philippines.
In a press statement, the Commission writes the study “clarifies that the Philippines has exercised its sovereignty to become party to international treaties which absolutely prohibit the re-introduction of the death penalty by the Philippines”.
The study argues the passage of the Bills seeking to re-impose the death penalty would breach the Philippines’ obligations under international and domestic laws.
The full study is available for download in PDF format here.