Thu, 22 Nov 2012 05:15:00 GMT | By IANS

Abolish death penalty, UN chief asks nations

The new resolution calls on all countries to establish a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty

Abolish death penalty, UN chief asks nations (© Reuters)

United Nations: As India executed Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called upon nations to abolish the death penalty.

Ban welcomes a record vote by a General Assembly committee in favour of the call for a moratorium on the use of the death penalty, his spokesperson said on Wednesday.

India, US and China were among 39 nations voting against the resolution in the Assembly's Third Committee, which deals with social and humanitarian issues, as well as human rights, Monday. The non-binding draft resolution got 110 votes in favour, with 36 abstentions.

"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.

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