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At UN, India stands by death penalty

United Nations, Nov 20 , 2012 (PTI)
The results of the vote in the United Nations General Assembly meeting on the necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba, are displayed on the electronic boards, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. AP

India was among the 39 countries that voted against a UN General Assembly draft resolution which called for abolishing the death penalty, saying every nation had the "sovereign right" to determine its own legal system.

The non-binding resolution called for a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty.

It was adopted yesterday at the General Assembly's Third Committee, which deals with social and humanitarian issues, after 110 nations voted in favour of the resolution while 36 abstained.

The draft resolution expresses its "deep concern about the continued application of the death penalty and calls on states to establish a moratorium on executions, with a view to abolishing the practice".

It calls on nations to progressively restrict the death penalty's use and not impose capital punishment for offences committed by persons under age 18 or pregnant women.

States would also be called on to reduce the number of offences for which the death penalty might be imposed.

Speaking in explanation of the vote, India said each state had the sovereign right to determine its own legal system.

"The draft resolution sought a moratorium on executions. India could not support the text in its present form," India said in its explanation of the vote.
Among the nations voting against the resolution were Bangladesh, China, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kuwait, Libya, Pakistan and the US.


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