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Source: Amnesty International –

The number of states voting for UN resolutions on halting executions worldwide continues to grow, signalling that consensus is building towards ending the death penalty once and for all, Amnesty International said today.  

The plenary session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) today adopted a resolution on a moratorium on executions, with a view to fully abolishing the death penalty, after 123 states voted in favour.  In 2007, the first time a resolution on a moratorium for executions was adopted by UNGA, only 104 states voted in favour. 

Countries which still practice the death penalty must treat this as a wake-up call – state sponsored executions have no place in the modern world, or in any society committed to upholding human rights,” said . 

This resolution brings us one step closer to consigning the death penalty, the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment, to the history books. We call on states  retain the death penalty to immediately establish a moratorium on execution, as a first step towards abolishing its use completely.” 

Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception, regardless of the nature or circumstances of the crime; guilt, innocence or other characteristics of the individual; or the method used by the state to carry out the execution.  

Rising support 

This is the eighth time UNGA has adopted a resolution calling for a moratorium on executions, with a view to abolishing the death penalty, since 2007. The number of states voting in favour of these resolutions has risen from 104 in 2007 to 121 in 2018 and 123 in 2020. 

UNGA resolutions carry considerable moral and political weight. The continued consideration of resolutions on this issue has ensured that abolishing the death penalty remains a human rights priority for the international community. 

The latest resolution was proposed by Mexico and Switzerland on behalf of an Inter-Regional Task Force of member states and co-sponsored by 77 states. 

State sponsored executions have no place in the modern world