Death penalty: Support for UN call for moratorium on executions continues to grow

An unprecedented number of UN member states have supported a key resolution calling for the establishment of a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty in the plenary session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on 15 December. 125 UN member states, close to two-thirds of the UN membership, voted to adopt the ninth resolution on a moratorium on the use of the death penalty, while 37 voted against the proposal and 22 abstained at the vote. In our view this is an indication that the community of UN member states is steadily moving closer to rejecting the death penalty as a lawful punishment under international human rights law.

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