“The UN General Assembly’s adoption today of its fifth resolution on a universal moratorium on the death penalty rewards the efforts of both Italy and its international partners”, affirmed Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Paolo Gentiloni. “The number of votes in favour of the universal death penalty moratorium – 117 as compared with the 2012 resolution’s 111, and the highest yet recorded for this resolution in the UN General Assembly – gives Italy reason to be very proud”, the minister continued. “Italian diplomacy and civil society have both made key contributions to this successful outcome”, he continued, “and in particular I wish to thank the Community of Sant’Egidio, Amnesty International and Hands Off Cain, who were part of a task force set up at the Farnesina in July”, the minister concluded. The campaign for the moratorium has become part of a tradition in Italy’s efforts on behalf of human rights and this UN resolution, promoted by a trans-regional coalition of countries, contains several important new recommendations for UN Member States, such as exclusion of the death penalty in cases of mental and intellectual disability.
Gentiloni hails adoption of resolution on death penalty moratorium by UN General Assembly