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DEATH PENALTY: NEW UN RESOLUTION FOR A GLOBAL MORATORIUM ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT VOTED FROM A RECORD NUMBER OF 111 COUNTRIES

December 20, 2012: The General Assembly of the United Nations in New York has adopted a new resolution on a moratorium on the use of the death penalty, the fourth since 2007.
A record number of countries voted in favor of the Resolution. The result was 111 votes in favor (+3 with respect to resolution 2010), 41 against (as in 2010), 34 abstentions (+ 2) and 7 absent at the time of the vote (as in 2010).
Member States of the United Nations are now 193, a state more than in 2010, South Sudan, which voted in favor of the resolution, although still maintains the death penalty.
Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, Niger and Tunisia, which had abstained or were absent in 2010, for the first time voted in favor.
The first  three countries were objective in recent months of a mission of Hands Off Cain and the Radical Party aimed at getting  their vote in favor of Resolution.
Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, which in the past had opposed the resolution, for the first time abstained.
On the side of the 'no' have gone instead Bahrain, Dominica and Oman, which previously abstained. Finally, Maldives, Namibia and Sri Lanka, which in 2010 had voted in favor, this time abstained.
5 countries that are abolitionist in law or de facto - Kiribati, Mauritius, SĂŁo TomĂ© and Principe, Antigua and Barbuda and Ghana – were absent, as well as 2 maintainers countries: Gambia and Equatorial Guinea.
"The new vote at the UN for a moratorium records the positive developments taking place in the world towards the end of the Cain-State and the overcoming of the fake and archaic principle of eye for an eye".
So said Sergio D'Elia, Secretary of Hands Off Cain, who along with Marco Pannella and Elisabetta Zamparutti, President and Treasurer of the Association linked to the Nonviolent Radical Party, has waited for the outcome of the vote on the resolutions either on the Moratorium and on banning female genital mutilation in the Radical Party headquarters in Rome, in connection with the UN in New York.
European nations have pressed hard for votes backing a moratorium. But Norway's ambassador Geir Pedersen said the growing numbers backing an end to capital punishment show "this is no longer dominated by western countries. This is a global campaign."
"The importance of the vote is that it sends a very strong message to the international community across the board," Pedersen told AFP. "The General Assembly is the one place where all nations are represented and you have a strong majority in favor of a moratorium."
"There is a global trend toward fewer countries executing people and for us, it is an important issue of principle," the ambassador added.
Pedersen said that when he raises objections to the death penalty in bilateral talks with countries that impose capital punishment, "we have the feeling that they are on the defensive." (Sources: HOC, 20/12/2012)

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IRAN: FOUR PRISONERS HANGED IN YAZD
IRAN: TWO MEN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR ASSAULT CAUGHT ON FILM
IRAN: SIX PEOPLE HANGED FOR RAPE, DRUG TRAFFICKING
IRAN: SIX SALAFI KURD PRISONERS HANGED
ZIMBABWE: DEATH PENALTY ON MURDERER UPHELD
CHINA: COURT UPHOLD DEATH SENTENCES FOR MYANMAR DRUG LORD
IRAN: PRISONER HANGED IN MAZANDARAN PROVINCE
MALAYSIA: SECURITY GUARD SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDERING GIRL
TAIWAN: SIX DEATH ROW INMATES EXECUTED
FLORIDA (USA): SETH PENALVER ACQUITTED IN 1994 TRIPLE MURDER
UGANDA PRESIDENT: NO DEATH PENALTY FOR GAYS AND NO 'HOMOSEXUAL PROPAGANDA'
KENYA: DEATH SENTENCE FOR 6 KILLER COPS
IRAN: SEVEN PEOPLE HANGED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING, RAPE
SAUDI ARABIA: SUDANESE MAN EXECUTED FOR MURDER
PAKISTAN: 4 AWARDED DEATH SENTENCE ON 3 COUNTS
USA: DPIC'S YEAR END REPORT
INDONESIA: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR RAPE, MURDER OF TANGERANG STUDENT
CHINA: REDUCTION OF DEATH PENALTY THROUGH JUDICIAL RESTRAINT
GOA (INDIA): HC REDUCES DEATH PENALTY TO LIFE TERM
OHIO (USA): GOV. KASICH GRANTS CLEMENCY
IRAN: PRISONER HANGED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
UGANDA DROPS DEATH PENALTY FOR HOMOSEXUALS, ETHICS MINISTER SAYS
IRAQ: 28 DEATH SENTENCES RATIFIED
MALAYSIA: COURT REPLACES BULGARIANS' DEATH SENTENCE WITH LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE
LEBANON: SYRIAN SENTENCED TO DEATH IN SAHEL ALMA CASE
VIETNAM: FIVE DRUG TRAFFICKERS SENTENCED TO DEATH
MALAYSIA: TWO IRANIAN DRUG TRAFFICKERS GETS DEATH SENTENCE
IRAQ: FUGITIVE VP GIVEN FIFTH DEATH SENTENCE
NIGERIA: NASS APPROVES DEATH SENTENCE FOR TERRORISTS

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