The European Convention on Human Rights provides that everyone's right to life shall be protected by law, and that no one shall be deprived of his life intentionally1. The Convention further provides that deprivation of life shall not be regarded as inflicted in contravention of the right to life2 when it results from the use of force which is no more than absolutely necessary in defence of any person from unlawful violence3, in order to effect a lawful arrest or to prevent escape of a person lawfully detained4, or in action lawfully taken for the purpose of quelling a
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