Christof Heyns


Christof Heyns is Professor of Law at the University of Pretoria and member of the UN Human Rights Committee. Professor Heyns is also a member of the Working Group on the death penalty, extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary killing and enforce disappearances in Africa, for the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

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The Value of Life

The right to life has been described by the UN Human Rights Committee as ‘the supreme right’. Its realisation is the precondition for the exercise of all other rights. Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights provides that: ‘Every human being has the inherent right to life.’ The right to life…

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