Victory at the UN! Discriminatory Decision Reversed as UN General Assembly Overwhelmingly Condemns Killings based on Sexual Orientation

(December 21, 2010) On Tuesday, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted overwhelmingly in favor of restoring reference to “sexual orientation” in a high-profile resolution condemning extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. The reference to sexual orientation had been removed by an earlier amendment at the committee level by governments opposed to ensuring protection for individuals targeted because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation. The vote – which passed 93 to 55, with 27 abstentions and 17 absent or not voting – demonstrated that efforts to exclude vulnerable groups from human rights protections at the UN will be vigorously opposed.

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ARC Action Update: Contact your government to thank them if they supported sexual orientation inclusion or express concern if they did not.

LGBT rights groups had previously expressed deep concern at UN decision to remove “sexual orientation” from a resolution condemning unlawful killings. Read more here.

Following a global Action Alert (English, French, Spanish), activists around the world lobbied their governments to support the vote to reinsert the reference to sexual orientation to the resolution at the UN General Assembly on December 21st.

A compilation, based on materials provided by the International Commission of Jurists, provides 29 pages of references to killings directed against LGBT persons from the reports of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions – powerful evidence for States of the extent to which LGBT people are singled out for killings and why LGBT inclusion in the resolution is so important. This compilation can be found here.

See how your government has voted on this issue in the past here.