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NEW RESOLUTION APPROVED BY THE UN. THE PRO MORATORIUM FRONT GROWS

December 21, 2010: The United Nations General Assembly approved a new resolution in favour of a universal moratorium on the death penalty. It is the third time after the historic resolution approved in December 2007 and then again in December 2008.
108 countries voted in favour, with 41 against and 36 abstentions (another 7 countries were absent at the time of the vote). It recorded a decisive step forward compared to 2007 when in a plenary assembly the votes in favour were 104, with 54 against and 29 abstentions (with 5 absent at the time of the vote). Another step forward was taken also in respect to the second vote on the pro moratorium Resolution in December 2008 when there were 105 in favour, 47 against and 34 abstentions (6 were absent at the time of the vote).
The most significant political data regarding the favourable is that of 6 countries that in 2008 voted against (Kiribati, the Maldives and Mongolia) or abstained (Bhutan, Guatemala and Togo) or the abstentions of 4 countries (Comoros, Nigeria, the Solomon Islands and Thailand) that in 2008 voted against. The number of cosponsors of the Resolution also increased, 90 in total, three doing so for the first time: Cambodia, Russia and Madagascar.
The only new part of the text of the Resolution concerns the request – in part contained in the 2007 text – directing the member states to ‘make information available relevant to the use of the death penalty to allow an informed and transparent national debate.'
“The new vote at the UN in favour of the moratorium records the positive evolution happening for more than ten around the world towards the end of the State-Cain and the ending of the fake and archaic principle of an eye for an eye,” Hands Off Cain secretary Sergio D’Elia said. (Sources: HOC, 22/12/2010)

BANGLADESH: 4 MEN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING FARIDPUR TRADER
LIFE IMPRISONMENT: HANDS OFF CAIN, THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OPENS A BREACH IN THE WALL OF THE LIFE SENTENCE WITHOUT PAROLE
LIFE IMPRISONMENT. HANDS OFF CAIN URGES THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT TO AFFIRM THE RIGHT TO HOPE IN OUR COUNTRY
MALAYSIA: DRUG TRAFFICKER TO HANG AFTER APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS DEATH SENTENCE
INDIA: BOMBAY HC CONFIRMS DEATH SENTENCE TO TRIO WHO RAPED, KILLED TEEN
MALAYSIA: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDERING COLLEAGUE OVER TASTELESS FOOD
BANGLADESH: 7 GET DEATH FOR KILLING WOMAN AFTER RAPE IN JOYPURHAT
MALAYSIA: INDONESIAN COUPLE SENT TO GALLOWS OVER DEATH OF INFANT SON
BANGLADESH: 12 GET DEATH PENALTY FOR MURDER IN KISHOREGANJ
TANZANIA: APPEAL COURT UPHOLDS DEATH PENALTY OF TRIO
VIETNAM: A MAN WAS SENTENCED TO DEATH DUE TO MURDERING HIS GIRLFRIEND, CHOPPING HER BODY INTO SMALL PARTS
UAE: DEATH SENTENCE UPHELD FOR TWO ASIANS ACCUSED OF RAPE AND MURDER OF A WOMAN
CHINA: SUPREME PEOPLE'S COURT REAFFIRMS STRICT CONTROL OF DEATH PENALTY
NIGERIA: COURT PASSES DEATH SENTENCE ON KILLER OF MTN STAFF
UGANDA DENIES PLANS TO IMPOSE DEATH PENALTY FOR GAY SEX AMID GLOBAL CONCERN
ELISABETTA ZAMPARUTTI: ‘GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO NOT CONFIRM ME AT CPT CONFIRMS MY VALUE AND THAT OF THE BATTLES OF HOC’
BANGLADESH: TWO TO DIE, THREE TO SERVE LIFE IMPRISONMENT FOR KILLING HOUSEWIFE IN JHALOKATI
MALAYSIA: COURT UPHOLDS DEATH SENTENCE OF NAJADI’S KILLER
INDIA: SC ADMITS MISTAKE IN AWARDING DEATH SENTENCE, COMMUTES IT TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT
PAKISTAN: MAN, SON SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING FOUR WOMEN
BANGLADESH: THREE MUGGERS SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER OF ANSAR MEMBER IN DHAKA
SOMALIA: AL-SHABAAB REPORTEDLY EXECUTES 82-YEAR-OLD MAN IN JOWHAR
EGYPT: LIBYAN TERRORIST MISMARY SENTENCED TO DEATH
BANGLADESH: FIVE SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR WAR CRIME
EGYPT: 6 SENTENCED TO DEATH OVER ATTACK ON HARAM HOTEL
SRI LANKA: DRUG TRAFFICKER ORDERED THE DEATH PENALTY
BANGLADESH: 7 SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER IN FARIDPUR
INDIA: PRESIDENT COMMUTES 20 DEATH SENTENCES IN NINE YEARS
IRAN: THREE PRISONERS EXECUTED FOR MURDER, DRUG TRAFFICKING
SRI LANKA: MAN GETS DEATH SENTENCE FOR MURDER OF MARRIED COUPLE

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