Death Penalty Resolution Adopted

because of concerns about Human Rights says EU President

Linked with call for halt to executions, Nov. 7, 2007.

Published on UN.org, Radio News Service, by Gail Walker, November 16, 2007.

Ambassador Joao Manuel Guerra Salgueiro, President of the European Union, says member states of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly voted to adopt a resolution calling for a moratorium on the death penalty in part because of their concerns about human rights. The Ambassador rejected claims that the resolution sought to impose values on all member states and noted the broad support for the resolution. Now that the third committee — which addresses social, humanitarian and cultural issues – has approved the resolution, the matter can be discussed in the full General Assembly sometime after mid-December. Gail Walker reports. Full briefing and cuts below.

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