US Votes Against United Nations Motion to Condemn Death Penalty for Homosexuality

| October 3, 2017

PinkNews reports: “The United Nations Human Rights Council has voted to condemn the imposition of the death penalty for homosexuality – but the US voted against.”

“On Friday, September 29, the United Nations body approved a motion opposing the use of the death penalty in an “arbitrarily or in a discriminatory manner”, including for homosexuality.”

“It called for the death penalty to be banned “as a as a sanction for specific forms of conduct, such as apostasy, blasphemy, adultery and consensual same-sex relations”, as well as criticising its use on minors, mentally ill people and pregnant women.”

“The UN motion marks the first time the Human Rights Council has condemned the death penalty for gay people.”

“Of the 47 countries on the Human Rights Council, 27 voted in favor while 13 states voted against, including the United States.”

Also voting against the motion were Botswana, Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, China, India, Iraq, Japan, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

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