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(Dec 03, 2012) On November 19, 2012, the United Nations Third Committee – the Social, Humanitarian Cultural Affairs Committee – voted in favor of a resolution for a moratorium on capital punishment. By a vote of 110 for, 39 against, and 36 abstaining, the Committee called on all countries to establish a suspension of executions, with a view to abolishing the death penalty completely. Henry L. Mac-Donald of Suriname chairs the Committee. (Ban Welcomes General Assembly Committee's Record Vote on Death Penalty Moratorium, UN NEWS CENTRE (Nov. 21, 2012); Third Committee, U.N. General Assembly website (Sept. 18, 2012).)
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a statement praising the resolution. The statement referred to Ban's view, expressed in July 2012, that "the taking of a life is too absolute, too irreversible, for one human being to inflict on another, even when backed by legal process." (Latest Statements: Statement by the Secretary-General on the Adoption by the General Assembly's Third Committee of the Resolution "Moratorium on the Use of the Death Penalty," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon website (Nov. 21, 2012).)
Ban's recent statement also referred to the 2007 U.N. General Assembly resolution on capital punishment. (
To date, about 150 countries have ended the death penalty, either by abolishing it as a part of the legal system or by ending its imposition in practice. (Latest Statements, supra.)
|Author:||Constance Johnson More by this author|
|Topic:||Capital punishment More on this topic|
|Jurisdiction:||United Nations More about this jurisdiction|
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Last updated: 12/03/2012