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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. 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

        Section 2.5. "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

            Section 2.5. 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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Proposed Amendment to Section 2.5.

Proposed Amendment to Section 2.5.

  • Stéphane Séchaud

    There is no life without water, food, accomodation.

    Section 2.5. There can be no protected right to life when the requirements for life to exist are not also protected rights. There must be some acknowledgement that the right to life requires the right to water, food, and accommodation. It is disingenuous to claim this constitution protects the right to life when it will allow citizens to die from hunger or exposure.

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