HRC36 Resolution on Death Penalty

The Human Rights Council passed a resolution that among other issues, condemns the imposition of the death penalty for consensual same-sex relations.  It “urges States that have not yet abolished the death penalty to ensure that it is not imposed as a sanction for specific forms of conduct such as apostasy, blasphemy, adultery and consensual same-sex relations”.

The death penalty resolution was one of the first UN resolutions (2002) to offer some protection to LGBT persons by referencing “sexual relations between consenting adults”. This version of the resolution is more specific to “same-sex relations” and references the discriminatory application of the death penalty based on gender and sexual orientation from the Secretary General’s report.

Find the resolution here.