18 December 2007
Secretary-General
SG/SM/11343
GA/10679

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General welcomes Assembly’s adoption of death penalty moratorium call

 


Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s statement on the General Assembly resolution calling for a death penalty moratorium:


I welcome the adoption today by the General Assembly of a call on all States to establish a moratorium on the application of the death penalty.  Today’s vote represents a bold step by the international community.  I am particularly encouraged by the support expressed for this initiative from many diverse regions of the world.  This is further evidence of a trend towards ultimately abolishing the death penalty.


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