United Nations A/C.3/62/L.29

General Assembly

Distr.: Limited

1 November 2007

Original: English

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 Sixty-second session

 Third Committee

 Agenda item 70 (b)

 Promotion and protection of human rights: human

rights questions, including alternative approaches

for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights

and fundamental freedoms


                                      Albania, Andorra, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium,

                                       Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Chile,

                                       Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador,

                                       Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guinea-Bissau,

                                       Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein,

                                       Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia

                                       (Federated States of), Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New

                                       Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal,

                                       Romania, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden,

                                        Switzerland, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Turkey,

                                       Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland,

                                       Uruguay, Vanuatu and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of): draft resolution


Moratorium on the use of the death penalty

The General Assembly,

Guided by the purposes and principles contained in the Charter of the United


Recalling the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,1 the International

Covenant on Civil and Political Rights2 and the Convention on the Rights of the


Recalling also the resolutions on the question of the death penalty adopted

over the past decade by the Commission on Human Rights in all consecutive

sessions, the last being its resolution 2005/59,4 in which the Commission called


1Resolution 217 A (III).

2 See resolution 2200 A (XXI), annex.

3 United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1577, No. 27531.

4 See Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, 2005, Supplement No. 3 and

corrigenda (E/2005/23 and Corr.1 and 2), chap. II, sect. A.


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 upon States that still maintain the death penalty to abolish it completely and, in the

meantime, to establish a moratorium on executions,

Recalling further the important results accomplished by the former

Commission on Human Rights on the question of the death penalty, and envisaging

that the Human Rights Council could continue to work on this issue,

Considering that the use of the death penalty undermines human dignity, and

convinced that a moratorium on the use of the death penalty contributes to the

enhancement and progressive development of human rights, that there is no

conclusive evidence of the death penalty’s deterrent value and that any miscarriage

or failure of justice in the death penalty’s implementation is irreversible and


Welcoming the decisions taken by an increasing number of States to apply a

moratorium on executions, followed in many cases by the abolition of the death


1. Expresses its deep concern about the continued application of the death


2. Calls upon all States that still maintain the death penalty to:

(a) Respect international standards that provide safeguards guaranteeing the

protection of the rights of those facing the death penalty, in particular the minimum

standards, as set out in the annex to Economic and Social Council resolution

1984/50 of 25 May 1984;

(b) Provide the Secretary-General with information relating to the use of

capital punishment and the observance of the safeguards guaranteeing the protection

of the rights of those facing the death penalty;

(c) Progressively restrict the use of the death penalty and reduce the number

of offences for which it may be imposed;

(d) Establish a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death


3. Calls upon States which have abolished the death penalty not to

reintroduce it;

4. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General Assembly at its

sixty-third session on the implementation of the present resolution;

5. Decides to continue consideration of the matter at its sixty-third session

under the same agenda item.


IL 15 Novembre 2007 la Terza Commissione dell’Assemblea Generale delle Nazioni Unite ha approvato la Risoluzione per la moratoria delle esecuzioni capitali con 99 voti  a favore, 52 contrari e 33 astenuti.