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Campaign to achieve a global moratorium on executions

In 2007, the World Coalition against the Death Penalty made the to support the Resolution of the United Nations General Assembly for a moratorium on the use of the death penalty as a step towards universal abolition.

A moratorium is temporary suspension of executions and, more rarely, of death sentences. It is provisional and often depends on the will of a key decision maker. Conversely, abolition is permanent as enshrined in law.

The Coalition participated actively in the efforts for the adoption of the resolution by dedicating the 2007 World Day Against the Death Penalty to this issue. It collected more than 160,000 signatures on a petition and lobbied 105 countries; more than 16 000 signatures have been collected by the ACAT network. FIACAT took several actions with its network to lobby governments in favour of the adoption of the Resolution.

On December 18, 2007, the resolution was passed with the support of 104 UN members states, while 54 voted against and 29 abstained.

In 2008, the Coalition led a campaign to increase support for the new resolution and to ensure its implementation. A fresh vote on December 18, 2008 showed increasing support for the moratorium: 106 countries voted in favour, 48 against and 34 abstained.

In 2010, another resolution has been adopted by 109 states. FIACAT lobbied my governments with some African ACATs to ask them to support the resolution.

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