The U.S. Voted Against Condemnation of Death Penalty for Discrimination Because it included Death Penalty Ban on the Whole
The United States Department of State has shocked the world with its recent vote in the UN. It voted ‘no’ on a resolution titled “The Question of the Death Penalty” brought about by the United Nations. The resolution expressly condemned the death penalty being doled out for any ‘same-sex relations’ along with other related acts.
Nauert justified the US action by saying there were wider concerns about the approach of the resolution when it came to condemning the death penalty in a wide variety of circumstances. She reminded the assembled media the US undoubtedly condemns the death penalty application for conduct like apostasy, homosexuality, adultery, and blasphemy. She continued on to say that the US does not regard such conduct a criminal activity.
Shame on US! 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 🇺🇸 https://t.co/3Y403bP7Wh
— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) October 3, 2017
Protests against the US vote reached such a crescendo that Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to United Nations was compelled to respond. She tweeted that the US does not support death penalty simply for being gay. She said that the US has always fought for true justice for LGBT community. Haley also tweeted that the United States voted ‘no’ during Obama times as well. This is incorrect. Obama did not vote no, but rather abstained from the vote, which allowed the U.S. to keep the death penalty, but did not support this measure. Additionally, same-sex relations were not mentioned in previous resolutions.
The US stance was reevaluated and approved by some protestors. One of them was Jessica Stern, the OutRight Action International executive director. In an interview to a media house, Stern said that the United States has always opposed this kind of death penalty resolution as it makes the reference to a worldwide stop of the death penalty. The United States is the only Western Democratic nation to vote no on the resolution.