Resolution on extrajudicial executions, November-December 2010
A reference to killings based on sexual orientation was shockingly voted out of the resolution on extrajudicial executions at the UN Third Committee in November 2010. However, thankfully an amendment to reinsert the reference proposed during the formal adoption of the resolution at the General Assembly in December, providing the opportunity to ensure our governments voted in line with their commitments under international human rights law. After a massive concerted effort from activists worldwide, lobbying governments at home and in New York, the reference to sexual orientation was reinserted on December 21 2010 with unforeseen support from a wide range of countries. Regrettably, the resolution did not include any reference to killings based on gender identity.
Joint statement on sexual orientation and gender identity, December 2008
In a powerful victory for the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, on 18 December 2008, 66 nations at the UN General Assembly supported a groundbreaking statement confirming that international human rights protections include sexual orientation and gender identity. It was the first time that a statement condemning rights abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people was presented in the General Assembly. Two additional States (the USA and Costa Rica) have subsequently joined the statement, bringing the total number of endorsers to 68.
Read the Joint Statement in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese.
ARC International worked with other NGOs to send out an Action Alert (in English, French and Spanish), and an Action Update during the preparation stages of the Joint Statement, as part of a lobbying strategy to get more States (and civil society activists) involved. We also prepared a Fact Sheet, available here in English, French and Spanish.
Press release on the GA Joint Statement on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.