India & US Vote In Favour Of Death Penalty For Homosexuals
Posted On 4th October, 2017 @ 15:05 pm by Ketaki Mankame


On 29 September 2017, 47 members of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) gathered in Geneva to vote for or against banning the death penalty against homosexuals. And we’ve got both good, and bad news for you. The good news is that 27 members voted in favour of the resolution—denouncing death penalty against homosexuals. Seven members refrained from voting, which leaves 13 members who voted against the resolution. 


Now here’s the bad news. India was among the 13 countries who voted against the resolution. Which means that we still want death penalty for those who prefer same sex relationships over others. What’s even more shocking (or maybe not, because Trump) is that the United States of America also voted against the resolution along with countries like Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Qatar, China, Japan, Botswana, Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Bangladesh and United Arab Emirates.


Even though the resolution was passed, director of The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), Renato Sabbadini sounded extremely disappointed. “It is unconscionable to think that there are hundreds of millions of people living in states where somebody may be executed simply because of whom they love,” he said in the assembly.


The countries who voted against the resolution have been asked to make sure that it is not "applied arbitrarily or in a discriminatory manner".


Hard to believe it’s 2017, eh?


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