Australia Joins Nations Against Death Penalty
By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | November 20, 2012 5:46 PM EST
Australia, along with 109 other nations, on Tuesday supported a resolution at the UN General Assembly urging for the elimination of the death penalty. The declaration is voted upon every two years by member-nations.
Thirty-nine countries, among them the United States, Japan, China, Iran, India, North Korea and Syria, voted against the non-binding resolution in the assembly's rights committee. Thirty-six other countries, meantime, abstained.
At the last vote two years ago, 107 countries backed the resolution. The uptick in the number of support was a "great result," according to nation Norway's Twitter account, which gave off a large amount of time to generate supporters for the abolition.
In June 2013, a world congress against the death penalty will be held in Madrid, Spain.
The Australian reported, citing Amnesty International, that China alone in 2011 had put to death thousands" of prisoners, without detailing exact numbers.
Other nations using the severe form of capital punishment include Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
About 150 countries have eradicated using capital punishment, according to the United Nations. In 2011, the state of Illinois in the United States became the 16th US state to abolish the death penalty.
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