US Joins Consensus on Resolution on Reporting by the UN Secretary General on the Death Penalty
Explanation of Vote by the United States
18th Session of the UN Human Rights Council
On Resolution 18/117: “Reporting by the UN Secretary General on the question of death penalty”
September 28, 2011
The United States is pleased to join consensus on this resolution. International law does not prohibit capital punishment when imposed in accordance with a states international obligations. We thank the sponsors of this resolution for producing a text that is carefully drafted and consistent with international law and practice. We urge all governments that employ the death penalty to do so in conformity with their international human rights obligations.