International law - United Nations

Question of the death penalty : report of the Secretary-General submitted pursuant to Commission on Human Rights resolution 2002/77

By United Nations, on 1 January 2003

The present report contains information covering the period from January 2001 through December 2002, in order to ensure that there are no gaps in coverage since the last version of the sixth quinquennial report which covered information up to the end of 2000. The report indicates that the trend towards abolition of the death penalty continues, which is illustrated, inter alia, by the increase in the number of ratifications of international instruments that provide for the abolition of this punishment.