Iran has imposed the death penalty on two lesbian activists for allegedly promoting homosexuality, human rights organization Hengaw reported on Sunday.
“Zahra Sediqi Hamedani, known as ‘Sareh,’ 31, from Naqadeh, and Elham Chubdar, 24, from Urmia, both activists of the LGBT community, were sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court of Urmia in a joint case on the charge of ‘Corruption on Earth’ through the promoting of homosexuality.”
In addition to “promoting homosexuality,” the two women, according to Hengaw, were convicted of “promoting Christianity” and “communicating with the media opposing the Islamic Republic.”
In December of 2021 the Islamic Republic’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) arrested a lesbian in November and, according to the pro-Iran Tasnim news agency, was detained on charges of “forming a gang for trafficking girls and supporting homosexuality.”
As of 2008 Iran’s regime has executed between 4,000 and 6,000 gays and lesbians since the nation’s Islamic revolution in 1979,.