In response to Canada’s announcement today that it will co-sponsor a UN General Assembly resolution calling for a global moratorium on executions, Amnesty International Canada Secretary General Alex Neve said:
“The announcement that Canada will, for the first time, co-sponsor the upcoming UN General Assembly resolution calling for a global moratorium on executions, is a welcome indication that Canada is indeed committed to the worldwide campaign against the death penalty. Canada’s refusal, on the five previous occasions that this resolution has come before the UN in the last nine years, has been deeply troubling. Around the world, momentum is growing towards ending executions and abolishing the death penalty. Canada is now well-positioned to take on a key leadership role with respect to this important human rights issue.”
The draft 2016 resolution on a “Moratorium on the use of the death penalty” is expected to be introduced at the beginning of November.