New York, Nov 22 (IBNS) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomes a record vote by a General Assembly committee in favour of the call for a moratorium on the use of the death penalty, according to his spokesperson.
"Monday's vote offers the opportunity to again encourage Member States who still practice the death penalty or retain it in law to follow suit," the spokesperson added in a news statement, noting that 150 States have either abolished or do not practice the death penalty.
He continued, "The Secretary-General therefore calls on Member States to join the worldwide trend and support next month's General Assembly resolution on a moratorium on the use of the death penalty."
The new resolution, inter alia, calls on all States to establish a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty.
The vote took place on Monday in the Assembly's Third Committee, which adopted the resolution by 110 votes in favour, with 39 against and 36 abstentions.