U.S. Secretary Clinton - UN: Extrajudicial Executions (sexual orientation and gender identity).
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U.S. Secretary Clinton - UN: Extrajudicial Executions (sexual orientation and gender identity).

    1. Kentucky Equality Federation
    2. Petition by

      Kentucky Equality Federation

      Somerset, KY

Kentucky Equality Federation and other citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the United States request that you hold the line on the United Nations Resolution on Extrajudicial Executions: Keep references to sexual orientation and gender identity!

The resolution on extrajudicial executions (EJEs) is likely to come to a vote before the United Nations in New York this month. 

For the past 12 years, this resolution has urged States "to investigate promptly and thoroughly all killings, including... all killings committed for any discriminatory reason, including sexual orientation".  Apart from Human Rights Council resolution 17/19, it is the only UN resolution with an explicit reference to sexual orientation. 

This year the lead sponsor of the resolution, Sweden, has for the first time included a reference to gender identity, underscoring that no-one may be killed because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Some States are proposing to delete the reference to sexual orientation and gender identity, whilst others wish to remove the entire listing of groups needing explicit protection from killings.

The last time this important resolution was considered by the UN's 3rd Committee in 2010, an amendment passed to remove the reference to sexual orientation. However, States fought back to overturn the amendment at another vote in the General Assembly. 

United Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon was very clear about this in is public address:  “To those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, let me say — you are not alone. Your struggle for an end to violence and discrimination is a shared struggle. Any attack on you, is an attack on the universal values the United Nations and I have sworn to uphold. Today, I stand with you and I call upon all countries and people to stand with you too. A historic shift is under way — more states see the gravity of the problem….We must tackle the violence, decriminalize consensual same-sex relationships, end discrimination and educate the public.”

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 10 months ago

      Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, "She doesn't have what it takes." They will say, "Women don't have what it takes." ~Clare Boothe Luce

      I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat or a prostitute. ~Rebecca West, "Mr Chesterton in Hysterics: A Study in Prejudice," The Clarion, 14 Nov 1913, reprinted in The Young Rebecca, 1982

      Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall off the edge. ~Andrea Dworkin

      The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, "It's a girl." ~Shirley Chisholm

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    • Gary Fowler HENDERSON, KY
      • almost 2 years ago

      On behalf of KEF

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    • Barbara Tomlinson SEATTLE, WA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Without reference to specific groups, this resolution lacks teeth for enforcement. With the inclusion of specific groups, including sexual orientation and gender identity, the way is open for prosecutions for Crimes Against Humanity and other violations of International Law. That is why this is IMPORTANT.

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