On 11 November, the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling for a moratorium on capital punishment. This is the third such resolution since 2007. Each time it has been put to the General Assembly, the vote gets stronger.
2007 Yes 99 No 52 Abstain 33
2008 Yes 105 No 48 Abstain 31
2010 Yes 107 No 38 Abstain 37
Over the course of these three resolutions, four states have switched their votes from No to Yes (Congo, Maldives, Mongolia, Tajikistan) and five have switched from Abstain to Yes (Bhutan, Madagascar, Nauru, Palau, Togo). Two have switched from Abstain to No (Chad, Swaziland). No state has switched from Yes to No. Eleven states have switched their votes from No to Abstain (Afghanistan, Bahrain, Comoros, Jordan, Malawi, Mauritania, Nigeria, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Suriname, Thailand) while one has switched from Yes to Abstain (Namibia). The
abstained in 2007, voted No in 2008 and abstained this year. Solomon Islands
There may be some slight changes when the final vote is taken in the Plenary General Assembly in late December.