The UN Human Rights Council has passed a resolution condemning the death penalty for having gay sex, despite the US voting against it.
The UN Human Rights Council has passed a resolution condemning the death penalty for having gay sex, despite the US voting against it. LAURENT GILLIERON

US refuses to condemn death penalty for gay sex

The US is one of just 13 countries to have voted against a United Nations resolution condemning the death penalty for having gay sex.

Although the vote passed, the US joined countries such as China, Iraq and Saudi Arabia in opposing the move.

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”.

It also attacked the use of execution against persons with "mental or intellectual disabilities, persons below 18 years of age at the time of the commission of the crime, and pregnant women” and said the death penalty for adultery was disproportionately imposed on women.

There are six countries where the death penalty is used for people in same-sex relationships: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia, as well as Islamic State-occupied territories in Iraq and Syria.

There are another five countries where it is technically allowed.

The 13 states to oppose the resolution were Botswana, Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, China, India, Iraq, Japan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the US and the UAE.

- Tom Embury-Dennis, The Independent



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