Sri Lanka votes at UN for  moratorium on executions

Sri Lanka voted at the United Nations in favour of calling for a moratorium on executions as a step towards abolishing the death penalty completely, on the two most recent occasions that this issue came up. These votes took place in both, at the Third Committee and the plenary session of the General Assembly of the UN in December 2007 and again in December 2008.

In December 2008 the General Assembly of the UN adopted a resolution which inter alia reaffirmed its previous call "to establish a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty". The resolution was co-sponsored by 89 states, and 106 states including Sri Lanka voted in favour, 46 voted against and 34 abstained. The vote reflected the world-wide trend towards abolition. It was an improvement on the 2007 vote which had 87 co-sponsoring states, and where 104 states including Sri Lanka voted in favour, 54 states voted against and 29 abstained.

The 2007 resolution, which was affirmed in 2008, also declared.

".... 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 deterrent value of the death penalty and that any miscarriage or failure of justice in the implementation of the death penalty is irreversible and irreparable...."

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