NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 22 – On the sidelines of the high-level week of the 77th United Nations General Assembly, Italy today promoted, together with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sierra Leone and the European Union, an event on the moratorium on the use of the death penalty.
Italy committed to the UN since 2007
In her speech, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Marina Sereni, reiterated Italy’s strong commitment in the global campaign for the abolition of the death penalty, recalling how our country is in the front row at the UN on these issues for over 15 years. In fact, since 2007 the Italian impulse has been decisive for the adoption of the biennial resolution of the General Assembly for a universal moratorium on the use of the death penalty, which will again be proposed to the attention of membership next autumn.
The New York event allowed the participants to share and discuss the best practices implemented by the States in view of the abolition of the death penalty. The discussion also allowed for deepening collaboration with civil society to support governments’ efforts in achieving this goal.
Objective, over 123 yes for moratorium
The goal this year is to exceed the record of 123 “yes” collected in 2020 at the time of the vote. This time, Costa Rica and Sierra Leone will carry out the resolution process as sponsors: the latter country abolished the death penalty just a year ago, becoming the 23rd abolitionist African country. Since then, two other nations of the continent have joined the ranks of opponents of the death penalty: in May the Central African Republic and last week Equatorial Guinea..
“Since the first resolution on the 2007 moratorium promoted by Italy, the progress made is indisputable. Today 144 countries have abolished the death penalty or no longer practice it “, said the Italian Permanent Representative Maurizio Massari on the eve of the week at a high level of the Assembly, noting however that the picture is” in light and shadow ”: In 2021 there were 579 executions in the world and the real number is probably much higher. (@OnuItalia)CopyAMP code