There are a few possible explanations for this that go deeper than just â€śthe U.S. wonâ€™t publicly support LGBT people.â€ť Thereâ€™s a clause in there condemning the execution of mentally ill peopleâ€”executions the U.S. carries out on a routine basis. But the more likely explanation is that our good pals in Saudi Arabia objected specifically to the resolution. Itâ€™s one of ten countries where same-sex relations are still punishable by death, and itâ€™s not just an obsolete old law that remains on the booksâ€”two transgender people were recently tortured to death by Saudi police. (Also worth readingâ€”this Atlantic piece on homosexuality in Saudi Arabia.)
Saudi Arabia, along with Russia and Egypt, tried to introduce amendments that would â€śdiluteâ€ť the impact of the resolution, but these were voted down. (The U.S. supported or abstained from each amendment.) The U.S. has a longstanding strategic alliance with Saudi Arabia, who, along with Israel, is our best ally in the Middle East. Per Nicholas Kristoff in the NYTimes, Saudi Arabia is currently conducting a â€śwarâ€ť that amounts to a series of heinous war crimesâ€”the purposeful bombing and starvation of civilians among themâ€”with the support and weaponry of the United States, and weâ€™ve turned a blind eye to their domestic civil rights abuses for a long time.
Thereâ€™s another explanation, which is that the U.S. simply didnâ€™t want to vote for any bill that criticizes the death penalty in any way. But that would be strange, since although the resolution â€śrecognizedâ€ť that many states found the death penalty to be a form of torture, it didnâ€™t call for outright abolitionâ€”just a humane application in those nations where it still existed.
Regardless of the true reason behind the vote, itâ€™s yet another callous shoulder-shrug by a representative of the Trump administration toward a minority group in the United States.https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/10/the-un-floated-a-resolution-condemning-the-death-p.html