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Archive for Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Resolution seeks end to death penalty

December 19, 2007

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— The U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday called for a moratorium on the death penalty with a view to abolishing executions, approving a resolution opposed by the U.S., China and Iran.

The vote in the 192-member world body was 104-54 with 29 abstentions. The resolution is not legally binding but carries moral weight and reflects the majority view of world opinion.

Two previous attempts to have the General Assembly adopt a moratorium on the death penalty - in 1994 and 1999 - failed.

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