History of the Section

Section 9 is based on article 6(1) of the ICCPR. Similar rights exist in comparative law. Refer to Appendix H for further information.

Comparative rights table

Charter - Section 9 Right to life
Section 9: Every person has the right to life and has the right not to be arbitrarily deprived of life.
ICCPR
Article 6(1): Every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life.
ACT: Human Rights Act 2004

Section 9(1)

S Africa: Constitution of the republic of South Africa 1996 Chapter 2
Section 11.
UK: Human Rights Act 1998
Schedule 1, art. 2.
Canada: Canadian Charter of Rights and freedoms

Section 7.

New Zealand: New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990

Section 8.