Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Summary and Arbitrary Executions Based on Sexual Orientation

Nan Hunter at the Hunter of Justice Blog shares a report from Reuters that the United States will seek to have "sexual orientation" restored as a specific category in a U.N. General Assembly Resolution opposing summary and arbitrary executions.  The General Assembly passed a resolution on the issue in 2008 and at that time it included an explicit reference to killings based on a victim's sexual orientation.  But the 2010 resolution removed the category of "sexual orientation" by a committee vote of 79-70 (with a number of other countries abstaining).  Morocco and Mali had introduced an amendment on behalf of African and Islamic nations that replaced the words "sexual orientation" with "discriminatory reasons on any basis."   Reuters reports that U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice will seek to have sexual orientation put back in the resolution when it goes before the full General Assembly.  That vote is expected on December 20, 2010.

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Hat tip to Nan Hunter



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