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U.N. says it’s not OK to kill people because they are gay

in UNITED STATES, 22/12/2010

The United Nations General Assembly just voted on a crucial resolution on extrajudicial executions and other unlawful killings that, for the first time, includes explicit language protecting LGBT people.

This resolution urges member states to thoroughly and promptly investigate all killingscommitted for any discriminatory reason, even on the basis of sexual orientation.

The vote was 93-55 with 27 abstentions.

The opposition mostly came from Arab and African nations where human rights are limited.

Last month, a General Assembly resolution opposed the unjustified killing of minoritygroups, excluding the LGBT community. It drew widespread criticism, and the United Stateslead the effort to amend the resolution.

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