It goes without saying that States should not execute children (or anyone else).
But they should also put measures in place to allow children to survive into adulthood in conditions optimal for their development, including through combating child mortality, and providing healthcare, nutrition, sanitation and drinking water.
In addition, States should actively protect children from harmful traditional practices such as early marriage, and ensure accountability for violations of their right to life when they occur.
Find resources dedicated to debating this issue below.
- Death penalty and other forms of inhuman sentencing
- Joint statement urging the UN Human Rights Committee to reaffirm that the right to life begins at birth
- CRIN submission to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights on its draft general comment on the right to life