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NORWAY - Abolitionist

Government: constitutional monarchy
State of civil and political rights: Free
Constitution: 17 May 1814; amended many times
Legal System: amalgamation of customary laws, common law, and civil code
Legislative System: modified unicameral Parliament (Storting)
Judicial System: Supreme Court (Hoyesterett) whose judges are appointed by the King
Religion: Church of Norway 85.7%, other minorities


International Treaties on the Death Penalty and Human Rights:
  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
  • 1st Optional Protocol to the Covenant
  • Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (aiming to the abolition of the death penalty)
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
  • European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
  • 6th Protocol to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (concerning the abolition of the death penalty)
  • European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
  • Protocol No. 13 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, concerning the abolition of the death penalty in all circumstances
  • Statute of the International Criminal Court (which excludes the death penalty)


FACTS

Abolitionist for common crimes since 1905, Norway has been fully abolitionist since 1979. The last execution took place in 1948.
On December 19, 2016, Norway co-sponsored and voted in favour of the Resolution on a Moratorium on the Use of the Death Penalty at the UN General Assembly.

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