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USA: United States Votes Against UN Resolution Condemning Death Penalty For Gays

Thursday 5 October 2017, by siawi3

Source: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2017/10/us-votes-un-resolution-condemning-death-penalty-gays/#R15sol6BkY23761s.99

United States Votes Against UN Resolution Condemning Death Penalty For Gays

October 3, 2017

by Michael Stone

Joining Saudi Arabia and Iraq, the Trump administration votes against a U.N. resolution condemning the death penalty for LGBT people.

On Sept. 29 the U.S. voted against a U.N. Human Rights Council resolution that condemns the death penalty for those found guilty of committing consensual same-sex sexual acts.

The resolution was introduced by Belgium, Benin, Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia and Switzerland.

Despite opposition from the U.S. and other countries, the resolution passed by a 27-13 vote.

BuzzFeed reports that the U.S. was one of the 13 votes against the resolution, joining such human rights pariahs as Iraq, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

The Independent explains:

The Human Rights Council resolution condemned the “imposition of the death penalty as a sanction for specific forms of conduct, such as apostasy, blasphemy, adultery and consensual same-sex relations”.

More on the resolution from The Los Angeles Blade:

The resolution specifically condemns “the imposition of the death penalty as a sanction for specific forms of conduct, such as apostasy, blasphemy, adultery and consensual same-sex relations” and expresses “serious concern that the application of the death penalty for adultery is disproportionately imposed on women.” It also notes “poor and economically vulnerable persons and foreign nationals are disproportionately subjected to the death penalty, that laws carrying the death penalty are used against persons exercising their rights to freedom of expression, thought, conscience, religion, and peaceful assembly and association, and that persons belonging to religious or ethnic minorities are disproportionately represented among those sentenced to the death penalty.

LGBT groups immediately condemned the vote. In a scathing statement, Ty Cobb, director of Human Rights Campaign Global, said:

Ambassador Haley has failed the LGBTQ community by not standing up against the barbaric use of the death penalty to punish individuals in same-sex relationships. While the UN Human Rights Council took this crucially important step, the Trump/Pence administration failed to show leadership on the world stage by not championing this critical measure. This administration’s blatant disregard for human rights and LGBTQ lives around the world is beyond disgraceful.

By opposing the United Nations resolution condemning the death penalty for LGBT people, the U.S. joins such despotic theocracies as Iraq, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Bottom line: The Trump Administration won’t rule out the death penalty for gays.