UN PASSES HISTORIC RESOLUTION CONDEMNING EXECUTIONS OF GAY AND TRANS PEOPLE
November 20, 2012: the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly passed a resolution acknowledging the need to protect individuals from executions based on gender identity.
The resolution urges States to protect the right to life of all people, as well asÂ to investigate killings based on discriminatory grounds, including, for the first time in the resolutionâs history, âgender identity.â
For the past 12 years, the UNGAâs resolution has included âsexual orientation,â except for a temporary vote to remove it in 2010 that was subsequently reversed.
Introduced by Sweden, the resolution passed with 108 votes in favor, 65 abstentions and 19 absent. Only one country voted against the resolution and it rhymes with âIran.â
Several governments condemned the references to sexual orientation and gender identity, namely Egypt, Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as the Holy See, which attempted to strip the resolution of all specific references to groups at high risk for execution. The amendment, however, was never formally introduced.
As noted by the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission, the resolution was particularly significant as it was passed on Transgender Day of Remembrance, dedicated to those murdered as a result of their gender identity or expression. (Sources: queerty.com, 26/11/2012; gay.it, 22/11/2012)