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Comparison with Related International Human Rights Provisions

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The prohibition of torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment is a universal norm, applicable to adults as well as children. The reference to imposition of capital punishment for crimes committed by persons under the age of eighteen reflects a similar norm that is set out in Article 6(5) of the CCPR. In 2000, a resolution adopted by the United Nations Sub-Commission on the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights stated that 'international law concerning the imposition of the death penalty in relation to juveniles clearly establishes that the imposition of the death penalty on persons aged under 18 years at the time of the offence is in contravention of customary international law'. The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the only international instrument to prohibit life imprisonment, to the extent that there is no possibility of release, for crimes committed under the 18.

Keywords: child rights convention (CRC); crimes; international human rights; international law; life imprisonment; torture prohibition



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