UN Approves Resolution Condemning Executions Motivated by Anti-LGBT Bias

The United Nations last week approved a resolution condemning executions motivated by anti-LGBT bias, the AP reports:

UnDelegates in New York approved a resolution that condemned killings based on sexual orientation and, for the first time, gender identity. An amendment by the United Arab Emirates to strip sexual orientation and gender identity from the list was defeated 86-44.

Gay rights advocates said the Vatican, a non-U.N. member with "observer" status, sought to remove all references to protected categories, but its proposal was never brought up for a vote.

The United States voted to retain the language based on sexual orientation and gender identity but abstained from the final vote as is its policy on votes related to the death penalty.

U.N. ambassador, Susan Rice applauded the vote:

"The proposed change would have effectively sent a message to the world that people targeted on account of their sexual orientation or gender identity do not enjoy the same right to life as others. The United States will fight to ensure that the remarkable progress the U.N. has made on LGBT issues in the last four years is not rolled back."

(h/t think progress)


  1. Paul R says

    Sadly, while this is great news at first glance, it means that Uganda will quietly dig in its heels—with aid from countries other than the US. (Think Middle Eastern countries, Russia, and likely China.)

    I was optimistic about Uganda a couple weeks ago. That was stupid. Without a lot of secret talks about this, the bill will pass.

  2. says

    The “Vatican”, under Ratzinger, is becoming increasingly Nazified. It didn’t speak out to protect Jews in WWII and now actively seeks to frustrate any protection for gays or discriminated against minorities.
    The “Vatican” now has taken the role of “Angry Old White Men” all to itself; equally it has declared war on women and has no qualms about inciting vicious hatred , whether in Uganda, or by meddling in the political affairs of the USA….promoting a political “personhood” agenda…..yeah, of the “every sperm is sacred” theme.

    From an institution which has sought to protect child abusing priests by cloaking them in their “higher” Canon law all of their machinations are now being laid bare.

    I long for the day when those who connived at sheltering the sex abusers are all exposed as members of Opus Dei, in high places and with higher direct Papal authority.
    Let the exposure of these criminals begin.

  3. Diogenes Arktos says

    It sounds like the Vatican was more interested in getting “problematic” language out of the resolution than the fact that this dealt with de facto death sentences.

  4. Francis says

    The fact that 44 countries essentially believe gay people either deserve to be killed or shouldn’t be protected if they are killed for being gay is alarming.

    Paul is right, the good news is that, hopefully, most of these 86 countries if not all of them, will withhold any funding to Uganda should the Kill Gays bill passes. But Russia assuredly will step in, as will East Asian countries, fellow African countries, and Middle Eastern countries. What we’re seeing is these anti-gay countries reacting to what they’re seeing in terms of marriage equality progressing in the US, UK and other countries. Their response is to turn up the notches on their hate against us.

    LGBT citizens in these countries are not safe whatsoever. Hopefully there is some sort of initiative in place to grant LGBT citizens asylum from these unsafe nations.

  5. Diogenes Arktos says

    @Randy: Don’t forget about Idi Amin. While looking for documentation about Uganda’s relationship to the Commonwealth under Amin, I stumbled upon an unbelievable detail I had totally blocked out: Under Amin, Uganda was a member of the UN Commission on Human Rights for 1977-79! It looks like Uganda was *not* suspended from the Commonwealth under Amin, although the UK broke off diplomatic relations with Uganda in 1977 – I’m sure when they were restored.

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