The United Nations General Assembly recently passed a resolution calling for a global moratorium on capital punishment. One hundred and four nations voted in favour of the resolution, 54 against, and 29 abstained. Although the UN’s decision is not legally binding to member states, the measure appeals for a general suspension, not abolition, of the death penalty throughout the world.
The UN moratorium campaign was first launched in Italy by the Nonviolent Radical party in 1994 and has met with continual defeat at the UN—until now. The Italian anti–capital punishment campaign is supported by the Roman Catholic Church and numerous NGOs, including Amnesty International.