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General Comment No. 36 on Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – Right to life.

The Committee commenced the process of drafting the General Comment with a half day of general discussion during the 114th session, on 14 July 2015. For that event, the Committee invited interested members of the National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), civil society, and academia to participate and focused its discussions on the views provided (submissions provided for the purposes of that discussion can be found at the following link

During its 115th session, the Committee commenced its first reading of the draft and completed its review at the 120th session. In July 2017, during its 120th session, the Human Rights Committee invited all interested stakeholders to comment on the Committee’s draft. 

Various stakeholders, including Member States, other UN and regional human rights mechanisms, UN organisations or specialised agencies, National Human Rights Institution, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), research institutions, and academics have submitted comments. All the submissions received on time (before the deadline of 6 October 2017) have been posted below.

The General Comment No. 36 was adopted on 30 October 2018.
General Comment No. 36 on Article 6 - on Right to life (CCPR/C/GC/36)


UN organizations, specialized agencies, and experts

Academia and other professionals

National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and other national institutions


Comments submitted after the adoption of the General Comment

Country-specific information