Thursday, October 5, 2017

October 10th - The 15th World Day Against the Death Penalty

The US voted against a UN resolution condemning the use of the death penalty for same sex couples engaging in consensual sex.  Twenty seven nations voted in favor of the resolution, thirteen voted against it with seven abstaining.  The US has taken an inflexible stand, signaling that it will not take any action that might suggest that the death penalty is inappropriate.  There are eight countries that use the death penalty as punishment for same sex relations in the entire country or part of the country: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria, Somalia, Syria and Iraq.  The same resolution condemns the use of the death penalty for adultery because of its disparate impact on women.  The resolution was proposed by Belgium, Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia and Switzerland.  

Join others around the world on October 10, taking action to end the death penalty.  For more information, click here.

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