Impose Economic Sanctions on Nations Refusing to Recognize LGBT Rights
Laws affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people
vary greatly by country or territory—everything from legal recognition of
same-sex marriage or other types of partnerships, to the death penalty
as punishment for same-sex romantic/sexual activity or identity.
In 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed its first
resolution recognizing LGBT rights, which was followed up with a
report from the UN Human Rights Commission documenting
violations of the rights of LGBT people, including hate crimes,
criminalization of homosexuality, and discrimination. Following up
on the report, the UN Human Rights Commission urged all countries
which had not yet done so to enact laws protecting basic LGBT
On the map shown here, the nations colored in brown still have the
death penalty for acts of homosexuality. The purpose of this petition
is to pressure the United Nations to impose economic sanctions on
nations which refuse to comply with the United Nations resolution
recognizing LGBT rights. Such sanctions were directly responsible
for ending Apartheid in South Africa. Economic sanctions are very
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