Scene at the widely condemned 2008 execution of Mahmoud Asgari, 16, and Ayaz Marhoni, 18, who Iran claims were gay. Does China actually believe this is right?
On Tuesday, the United Nations General Assembly voted 93 for, 55 against with 27 abstaining to reinsert ‘sexual orientation’ into a resolution condemning extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions. It was removed in November in a move led by African and Islamic countries, but brought back for another vote following the United States’ insistence.
China once again is in good company casting the “nay” vote along with countries like Benin, Saudi Arabia, Malawi, Somalia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Let me translate that for you into layman terms: China believes it is alright for the state to kill gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people just for being who they are!
As we noted previously (in a separate vote to grant UN “consultative status” to IGLHRC), the vote flies against the CCP’s official party line of the three no’s — no support, no prohibition, and no promotion (“不支持，不反对，不提倡”) when it comes to homosexuality, which isn’t even against the law to begin with. Just how does the People’s Republic want to convince the international community that it is for human rights?