General Assembly Will Call for Moratorium on Executions

United Nations General Assembly, GA/SHC/4058, Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Sixty-seventh General Assembly, Third Committee, 40th Meeting (PM)

General Assembly Will Call for Moratorium on Executions, with View to Abolishing Death Penalty, under Terms of Resolution Approved by Third Committee

Vote: 110-39-36, with 5 Separate Votes Rejecting Proposed Amendments;

Also Approves Draft Text on Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) today approved a draft resolution that would have the General Assembly express its deep concern about the continued application of the death penalty and call on States to establish a moratorium on executions, with a view to abolishing the practice.

The draft text, approved by a recorded vote of 110 in favour to 39 against, with 36 abstaining, would have the Assembly call on States to respect international standards that provided safeguards guaranteeing the protection of the rights of persons facing the death penalty, as set out in the annex to Economic and Social Council resolution 1984/50 (1984).

By other terms, the Assembly would call on States to progressively restrict the death penalty’s use and not impose capital punishment for offences committed by persons under age 18 or pregnant women. States also woulon to reduce the number of offences for which the death penalty might be imposed. For his part, the Secretary-General would be requested to report to the Assembly’s sixty-ninth session on the implementation of the present resolution.

Passage of the draft followed votes on five draft amendments, which aimed to inject into the text positions taken during weeks of intense consultations on the death penalty, and all of which failed to achieve the requisite majority for approval by the Committee….

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