36th session of the HRC adopts resolution to condemn use of death penalty for several crimes including consensual same-sex relations
Chaired by Benin, Belgium, Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Republic of Moldova, Mongolia, and Switzerland, the HRC adopted a resolution advancing equality and non-discrimination in the application of death penalty, particularly in the domain of adultery and same-sex relations. This is the first mention of adultery in any UN resolution, either by the HRC or the General Assembly. The council expressed serious concern that the death penalty is disproportionately applied to women, economically disenfranchised, and other vulnerable populations. The United States voted against this resolution despite previous national support of antidiscrimination resolutions.