An historic vote in the United Nations may signal the beginning of the end for capital punishment around the world. The General Assembly of the United Nations has voted emphatically for a moratorium on the death penalty. The vote passed 104 to 54 with 29 countries abstaining
Capital punishment is already banned in 130 countries, although United States, China and other nations continue to execute criminals. More than 90 countries, including most European states, submitted the draft resolution, concerned about the continuing use of the death penalty.
The resolution calls on countries to respect international standards and to “progressively restrict the use of the death penalty, and reduce the number of offences for which it may be imposed.”