The United States voted against a UN Resolution calling for the end of the death penalty as a punishment for being gay or transgender.
In voting against the resolution the United States has sent a message worldwide that it approves the of execution by Daesh of LGBT people.
Despite voting against the resolution Nikki Haley maintains the vote was in opposition to the gay death penalty.
Susan Rice, Ambassador to the UN under Barack Obama, said “shame on US!” in reaction to the vote.
“I was proud to lead U.S. efforts at UN to protect LGBTQ people, back in the day when America stood for human rights for all,” she said.
IGLA reports that in a historic first, the United Nations Human Rights Council has voted to condemn the imposition of the death penalty for consensual same-sex relations.
The 47-member Human Rights Council passed the resolution – “The question of the death penalty” – on Friday, September 29, with 27 States voting in favor, 13 against and 7 abstentions. The resolution asked countries that have not yet abolished the death penalty to ensure that it is not “applied arbitrarily or in a discriminatory manner” and that it is not applied against persons with mental or intellectual disabilities and persons below 18 years of age at the time of the commission of the crime, as well as pregnant women. It also condemns the imposition of the death penalty for apostasy, blasphemy, and adultery.
The resolution was brought on September 29 by a group of countries from across the globe as the Human Rights Council started the final day of its 36th session. Six attempts by Egypt, Russia and Saudi Arabia to amend the resolution and dilute its impact were each defeated in often-close voting at the Geneva-based body.
“We are grateful for the leadership of the eight countries that brought this resolution – Belgium, Benin, Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia and Switzerland – countries that come from every corner of the globe showing truly cross-regional support. They stood firm on principle through a difficult negotiation and voting period”, said André du Plessis, Head of UN Programme and Advocacy at ILGA.