Jan 8 2004
Turkey To Sign European Convention On Human Rights Envisaging Abolishment Of Death Sentence Even In Times Of War
STRASBOURG – Turkey will sign 13th protocol of European Convention on Human Rights envisaging abolishment of death sentence even in times or war and at times of danger of war.
Turkey’s Permanent Representative to Council of Europe Numan Hazar will sign the protocol on behalf of Turkey at a ceremony that would be signed in Strasbourg on January 9.
Turkey had signed 6th protocol of European Convention on Human Rights envisaging abolishment of death sentence at times of peace on January 16, 2003 and officially approved it on December 12.
Turkey was one of the countries among Council of Europe member countries which signed the 6th protocol late. This had been a problem for a long time between Ankara and Strasbourg.
Turkey, Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan are Council of Europe member countries which have not yet signed the 13th protocol.
Council of Europe opened the 13th protocol to signing on May 3, 2002.
Council of Europe, which attributes importance making Europe a region purified from death sentence, also launch initiatives to abolish death sentence in the United States and Japan which participate in their activities in observer status.