General Assembly Resolution # 535
A resolution to improve worldwide human and civil rights.
Category: Civil Rights
Proposed by: Imperium Anglorum
The World Assembly,
Recognising that there is no convincing and statistically robust evidence that the death penalty deters crime,
Hoping to spend money currently dedicated to the substantial administrative and legal costs of pursuing death penalties on enforcement or rehabilitation programmes which actually do reduce crime,
Gravely concerned that even under stringent protocols death penalties are issued against people who are actually innocent of the crimes for which they are to be punished, and
Believing that the death penalty in its application and pursuit targets the mentally ill, socio-economically disadvantaged, and members of racial and cultural minorities, even when administered under facially neutral statutes, hereby enacts the following:
The death penalty is abolished except for crimes under a military penal code committed during time of war.
All sentences contravening section 1 must be commuted forthwith under procedures not inconsistent with World Assembly law.
Member nations collectively may further restrict the use of or abolish the death penalty, section 1 notwithstanding.