United Nations report

Safeguards guaranteeing protection of the rights of those facing the death penalty

By United Nations, on 1 January 1984

Approved by Economic and Social Council resolution 1984/50 of 25 May 19841. In countries which have not abolished the death penalty, capital punishment may be imposed only for the most serious crimes, it being understood that their scope should not go beyond intentional crimes with lethal or other extremely grave consequences.