The International Commission against the Death Penalty welcomes the adoption of the UNGA resolution 65/206 on a moratorium on the use of the death penalty with a view to abolishing it.
The resolution, which was adopted on 21 December 2010, confirms the clear and continuous trend towards the abolition of this cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment in all regions of the world. It is confirmed by both the number of states which have supported the resolution and by the observations and recommendations which the resolution addresses to the states that still retain the death penalty in their legislations or still carry out executions.
The resolution has been approved by a majority of 109 states, whereas 35 have abstained and 41 voted against it. As the results show, the minority of states choosing the retentionist vote is steadily diminishing, as it can be gathered when compared with the result of the resolution 63/168 approved in December 2008 on the same subject and for which 106 states voted in favour, 34 abstained and 46 voted against it.
Read the complete statement by the ICDP on the adoption of the Resolution.