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Section 2.5. The right to life is protected. The death penalty is prohibited. People have the right to be in control of their own lives and following Independence the will of the people on such issues as the ending of life will be decided by referendums.

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    Administrator #1  •  2020-08-20 17:36:40

    Section 2.5. The right to life is protected. The death penalty is prohibited. People have the right to be in control of their own lives and following Independence the will of the people on such issues as the ending of life will be decided by referendums.

      • Caledonialan

        "and following independence" is superfluous, since the constitution will come into effect only following independence. "the will of the people on such issues as the ending of life will be decided by referendums" is unsatisfactory in at least two ways: (1) "such issues as the ending of life" is unclear, inasmuch as it does not define what other issues are covered and might include the reintroduction of the death penalty; (2) it appears to preclude parliamentary legislation on such matters as euthanasia and assisted suicide, allowing only the use of referendums for such matters.

          • Caledonialan

            Prohibition of the death penalty also appears in section 15.4. The two provisions should be coordinated and there should be no repetition or overlap between them.

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