UN set for key death penalty vote
The world is set to take a giant leap towards the abolition of the death penalty worldwide in a crucial UN vote.
The UN vote is expected to endorse a decision to establish a moratorium
(a suspension) on executions worldwide. It is anticipated to take place
on the morning of 18 December, at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New
Amnesty International continues to campaign
heavily for the resolution to reach more than 100 states to support its
The passing of the UN resolution is a turning point in campaign against
the death penalty. 133 countries (two-thirds of the world) have
abolished the death penalty either in law or practice. In 1948, when
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted, only eight
countries had abolished the death penalty for all crimes.
A significant milestone was reached recently on the path to a death
penalty free world. The resolution was adopted successfully on 15
November by the UNGA’s Third Committee. The vote resulted in 99
countries in favour and 52 against, with 33 abstentions.
Amnesty International opposes the death
penalty in all cases without exception. The death penalty is the
ultimate denial of human rights - the premeditated and cold-blooded
killing of a human being by the state in the name of justice. It
violates the right to life as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights and is a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.
Amnesty International calls on all countries to establish a moratorium
on executions and stop the death penalty once and for all.