Resolution 62/149 - Moratorium on the use of death penalty. This resolution was proposed by the United Nations in order to abolish all of the use of death penalty. It means, no more death penalty for every type of criminal offense.
In the moratorium, it states about five important agendas, as such as;
1. Expresses its deep concern about the continued application of the death penalty;
2. Calls upon all States that still maintain the death penalty to:
(a) Respect international standards that provide safeguards guaranteeing the protection of the rights of those facing the death penalty, in particular the minimum standards, as set out in the annex to Economic and Social Council resolution 1984/50 of 25 May 1984;
(b) Provide the Secretary-General with information relating to the use of capital punishment and the observance of the safeguards guaranteeing the protection of the rights of those facing the death penalty;
(c) Progressively restrict the use of the death penalty and reduce the number of offences for which it may be imposed;
(d) Establish a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty;
3. Calls upon States which have abolished the death penalty not to reintroduce it;
4. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General Assembly at its sixty-third session on the implementation of the present resolution;
5. Decides to continue consideration of the matter at its sixty-third session under the same agenda item
Actually in December 18th, 2007, UN human rights council has proposed a resolution 62/149 concerning the moratorium on the death penalty which has been enforced by the UN in the countries that still practice death punishment, including Malaysia, which also has been asked to abolish the use of the death penalty.
In my past entry about the bribery crime, i did mention about my support towards the death penalty for the bribery case. Yet, the United Nations has been proposed to abolish the death penalty. However, we have to remember that, Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights UN made it clear that the right to life, including repeal the death penalty. Unfortunately, Malaysia does not sign this convention.
If Malaysia truly is an Islamic country, then we should have enforced 'hudud', 'qisas' and etc. Again in my past entry, i already mention about al-qisas (the law of equality in punishment).