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Stonewall concern at 'deeply disturbing' UN decision

Stonewall today expressed deep concern at a decision taken by a committee of the United Nations to remove sexual orientation from a resolution condemning unjustified executions. Many of the countries who backed the change are well known for their persecution of lesbian and gay people.

Ben Summerskill, Stonewall chief executive said ‘The vote by a UN panel to remove sexual orientation from this significant resolution is deeply disturbing. Lesbian, gay and bisexual people face violence, abuse and in some states, execution, because of their sexual orientation. This is a worrying and regressive step. We call on the UK Government to lead from the front foot to end the persecution of gay people in other countries.’

Supporters of the amendment included Benin, St Lucia and Morocco. Representatives from Sweden, France and Finland spoke against the change.

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