U.N. restores gay reference to violence measure

UNITED NATIONS,  (Reuters) – The United States  succeeded yesterday in getting the United Nations to restore a  reference to killings due to sexual orientation that had been  deleted from a resolution condemning unjustified executions.

Western delegations were disappointed last month when the  U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee approved an Arab  and African proposal to cut the reference to slayings due to  sexual orientation from a resolution on extrajudicial, summary  and arbitrary executions.

The committee’s move also had outraged human rights  activists and groups that lobby for gay rights. Philippe  Bolopion of Human Rights Watch (HRW) said at the time that it  was a “step backwards” and “extremely disappointing.”

The 192-nation General Assembly approved a U.S. amendment  to the resolution that restored the reference to sexual  orientation with 93 votes in favor, 55 against and 27  abstentions. The amended resolution was then adopted with 122  yes votes, one against and 62 abstentions.

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