A significant step towards universal abolition

International standards

on 15 November 2007

The resolution entitled ‘Moratorium on the use of the death penalty’ was supported by 99 governments, while 52 voted against it and 33 abstained.
The text of the resolution, stipulates inter alia that:
“Considering that the use of the death penalty undermines human dignity, and convinced that a moratorium on the use of the death penalty contributes to the enhancement and progressive development of human rights, that there is no conclusive evidence of the death penalty’s deterrent value and that any miscarriage or failure of justice in the death penalty’s implementation is irreversible and irreparable,” […]
“The General Assembly, […] Calls upon all States that still maintain the death penalty to: […]Establish a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty”.
The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty expresses its deep satisfaction at the adoption of this historic resolution, as previous attempts to have such a resolution adopted have failed in the past.
« This resolution will be extremely useful in the fight for the abolition of death penalty in Morocco and more largely in the Middle-East and North African region », stated Mr. Abdel-ilah Benabdesselam, Coordinator of the Moroccan Coalition Against the Death Penalty.
Along with many other actors at national, regional, and international level, the World Coalition has been working actively to promote the adoption of this resolution in the past few months.
It now calls on the General Assembly of the United Nations to fully endorse this resolution in its plenary meeting.



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