UN Human Rights Council condemns punishing apostasy, blasphemy and same-sex relations with death penalty

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Elizabeth O’Casey writes at IHEU:

In a momentous move on the eve of International Blasphemy Day, the UN Human Rights Council yesterday passed a resolution on the death penalty which calls on any states who have “not yet abolished the death penalty to ensure that it is not imposed as a sanction for specific forms of conduct such as apostasy, blasphemy, adultery and consensual same-sex relations.”

The resolution, which was sponsored by Benin, Belgium, Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Republic of Moldova, Mongolia, and Switzerland, is the first to call specifically for not using the death penalty for offences such as  apostasy, blasphemy, consensual same-sex relations and adultery.

It was adopted by a vote of 27 in favour, 13 against and 7 abstentions and has been warmly welcomed by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU).

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