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Moratoria

Over the last several years, the United Nations General Assembly has adopted three different resolutions calling on all member States to establish moratoria on executions “with a view to abolishing the death penalty.” In 2007, the death penalty moratorium resolution garnered a majority vote in the General Assembly for the first time, with 104 votes in favor, 54 votes against, and 29 abstentions. The resolution’s text emphasized “that the use of the death penalty undermines human dignity” and that a moratorium would contribute “to the enhancement and progressive development of human rights.”

Moratoria