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Arbitrariness and the Death Penalty

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Arbitrariness and the Death Penalty

A number of human rights instruments provide that a state may not take a person’s life « arbitrarily. » The text of these articles does not make clear what would constitute an arbitrary deprivation of life, but the Human Rights Committee (HRC) has held that “arbitrariness » encompasses « elements of inappropriateness, injustice and lack of predictability. »

Arbitrariness and the Death Penalty