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LGBT Asylum News: Big victory for USA in fresh United Nations ‘gay killings’ vote

December 23, 2010
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The United Nations General Assembly voted 93 for, 55 against with 27 abstaining to reinsert ‘sexual orientation’ into a resolution condemning extrajudicial killings. The vote followed the United States insistence on bringing the resolution back for another vote.

It was removed last month in a move led by African and Islamic countries.

This means that 23 nations changed their vote to yes, 15 didn’t vote no and nine more abstained – 47 in total went in a positive direction. This is a quarter of the UN membership.

One third of African countries changed their vote positively, including Rwanda and Angola voting yes.

Almost the whole of the Caribbean changed their vote positively, including Jamaica.

In the debate at the UN the most moving contribution was from the Rwandan delegate who said that a group does not need to be “legally defined” to be targeted for massacres and referenced his countries experience. “We can’t continue to hide our heads in the sand” he said.”These people have a right to life.”

The reference to ‘legal definition’ was a pointed reference to the argument of other African countries, led by Benin, as well as the Islamic countries, led by Tajikistan and Arab countries, led by UAE, that ‘sexual orientation’ wasn’t defined and wasn’t covered by international human rights agreements.

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