Endorsement from regional bodies and civil society to the call for a moratorium on executions

The adoption of the ground-breaking United Nations General Assembly resolution 62/149 in December 2007 generated a momentum among civil society and other international governmental organizations. Support for the UN call for moratorium on executions was widely shown during the process.

Statements, declarations and resolutions issued since December 2007 are examples of the civil society renewed commitment to the abolition of the death penalty.


African Commission resolution calling on African states to observe a moratorium on executions
The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights adopted a resolution calling on African States to observe a moratorium on the death penalty at its 44th Ordinary session.

Madrid statement: Arab civil society calls on implementation of UNGA resolutions 62/149 and 63/168:
On 14-15 July 2009 representatives of the civil society and national experts of Arab countries met in Madrid to discuss the situation of capital punishment in the Arab world, on invitation of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

OSCE resolution on a moratorium on the death penalty as part of the Vilnius Declaration:
A resolution on a moratorium on the death penalty and towards its abolition was adopted during the annual session of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Parliamentary Session between 29 June and 3 July 2009.