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,.
It’s being reported that Iran executed ten people on Wednesday, including a gay man, in Karaj, the capital of the Alborz Province, just outside of Tehran.
According to Human Rights Activists News Agency, the identity of Iman Safari Rad and Mehdi Khalgoldi, have been verified by HRANA. Iman Safavi Rad had previously been sentenced to death on charges of “sodomy by rape”
British LGBT activist Peter Tatchell stated: “Yet again another man has been executed on a charge of sodomy, which he may or may not have committed, with or without consent. What is certain is that this man almost certainly did not receive a fair trial under the notoriously biased Iranian judicial system. Defendants are routinely denied access to lawyers and defence witnesses. They can be sentenced after brief ‘trials’ lasting as little as 20 minutes, with lawyers provided only shortly before the court hearing starts. People can be found guilty without corroborating evidence. This execution is consistent with Iran’s state policy of the death penalty for same-sex relations.”
According to a 2008 British WikiLeaks diplomatic cable, Iran’s regime has executed between 4,000-6,000 gays and lesbians since the nation’s Islamic revolution in 1979.
“Mehrdad Karimpour and Farid Mohammadi were both hanged in a prison in the northwestern city of Maragheh, around 310 miles away from Tehran, having been sentenced to death for ‘forced sexual intercourse between two men’. As per the Human Dignity Trust, Article 236 also provides that ‘tafkhiz’ – defined under Article 235 as ‘putting a male sex organ between the thighs/buttocks of another man’ – is punishable with 100 lashes, or the death penalty if the active party is non-Muslim and the passive party is Muslim. For women, it’s punishable with 100 lashes.”
Peter Tatchell, an longtime gay activist, told The Jerusalem Post, ‘Iran is one of a dozen Muslim-majority countries and regions that enforce Sharia law and impose the death penalty for homosexuality. The execution of these men follows a long-standing regime policy of the state-sanctioned murder of gay men, often on disputed charges after unfair trials that have been condemned by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
In February 2021, an Iranian cleric Ayatollah Abbas Tabrizian claimed that the Covid-19 vaccine turns people gay, on messaging platform Telegram, to almost 210,000 followers.
According to The Jerusalem Post, Tabrizian wrote on the platform: ‘Don’t go near those who have had the COVID vaccine. They have become homosexuals.’
It is believed that between 4,000 and 6,000 gay men and women have been executed in Iran since the 1979 Revolution.
Iranian American journalist Karmel Melamed in a tweet called for ‘outrage’ from the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Iran’s supreme court has upheld death sentences for adultery against a 27-year-old and his 33-year-old lover maleafter the man’s father-in-law denied them clemency, a reformist newspaper reported Saturday.
Details are sketchy but it seems that one of them was marries and while the wife DID testify and presented video evidence in court to her husbands homosexuality but pleaded to the courts to spare the pair the death penalty,
Iranian law allows that if a victim’s family forgives the accused in a capital crime, the convict can be either pardoned or given a jail sentence. But her father demanded death sentence still be imposed and the court found in his favor, the paper added.
According to human rights group Amnesty International, Iran carried out 246 executions last year.
Although Air France announced earlier this week hat female flight attendants can opt out of flights on the carrier’s new route to Tehran after some said they didn’t want to cover their hair upon arriving in extremists Islamic country they are refusing to allow gay flight attendants to opt out over the fact that homosexuality is punishable by death.
Air France has denied the gay flight attendants request and even their union is backing the airlines decision.
Jean Marc Quattrochi, secretary general of Union des Navigants de l’Aviation Civile (UNAC), the union representing French flight and cabin crews, said in an article with Newsweek while the union is “sensitive to the problem” of LGBT stewards not wanting to fly to Iran, making special assignments based on sexual preferences, skin color or religion “is not acceptable for our union.”
“During the headscarf debate with Air France executives our demand was to allow all crew members to refuse this particular destination. For the sexual inclination the problem is totally different and does not only concern this destination. The fact for a woman is that we surely know she’s a woman, it’s written on her passport, When she arrives in Tehran, she will be forced to wear the scarf. For a gay person, nobody knows that he is gay.
When one steward is holding the hand of another steward in the streets, it’s his choice”
Personn’Ailes Association, the LGBT Union for Air France/KLM, said in a statement that it also agrees with the airline. Air France/KLM and its subsidiaries are required to fly to many countries where LGBT rights are virtually non-existent, and “where repression is exercised even up to the death penalty.” While the human rights situation in Iran is “terrible” and “shocking,” the union does not want to create “internal lists of persons based on their sexual orientation,” he said.
Currently more than 26,000 people have signed a Change.org petition, created by someone known only as “Mr. Laurent,” which seeks to give gay flight attendants the right to refuse travel to the country. The petition is addressed to the CEO of Air France, Frédéric Gagey, and France’s minister of transport, Alain Vidal.
Back2Stonewall asks that all its readers sign the petition.
A video released Monday purportedly shows Islamic State militants (ISIS) shooting seven men in Rastan, a small town in the embattled central Syrian province of Homs for the sin pf “sodomy”. Also recent received reports from the province of Aleppo are that militants had also executed two men and a boy for also being gay.
The Rastan execution video shows a group of blindfolded men bowed on a dirt road, while a masked militant read out a list of charges that included “sodomy” and “drug addiction.”
The masked man invokes the authority of the “Supreme Judicial Court in Homs,” and sentences the accused to death. A group of nearby militants then opened fire with machine guns.
These, the most recent executions of the gay men which are documented by the vicious militant group are just the latest in the reports of brutality against homosexuals coming out of the conflicts in both Syria and Iraq.
The Islamic State (ISIS) in January started releasing a series of images showing its fighters executing gay men by throwing them from the top of a tall building in Mosul, Iraq. Videos of gay men being pushed off buildings have become a semi-regular feature of the militant group’s propaganda efforts.
Back2Stonewall refuses to air any of the videos in question and asks that our fellow LGBT websites and blogs to refrain from doing so also.
“But understand, the attacks of the last two weeks are not simply an assault on America. They are also an assault on the very ideals upon which the United Nations was founded — the notion that people can resolve their differences peacefully; that diplomacy can take the place of war; that in an interdependent world, all of us have a stake in working towards greater opportunity and security for our citizens.
If we are serious about upholding these ideals, it will not be enough to put more guards in front of an embassy, or to put out statements of regret and wait for the outrage to pass. If we are serious about these ideals, we must speak honestly about the deeper causes of the crisis — because we face a choice between the forces that would drive us apart and the hopes that we hold in common.
Today, we must reaffirm that our future will be determined by people like Chris Stevens — and not by his killers. Today, we must declare that this violence and intolerance has no place among our United Nations.”
Reports via The Jerusalem Post are stating that a gay man was sentenced and hung last week for committing the crime of “sodomy” with another man in Iran.
According to JP via Pink News Iran’s judiciary imposed the death penalty on a man only identified as Ch. M. in Marvdasht, Fars province, on April 19 “for allegedly engaging in ‘sodomy’ with another man
Gholamhossein Chamansara, the attorney-general of Marvdasht, told the government-controlled Iranian Fars News Agency that a man (Ch. M.) was sentenced to death because of his “despicable/heinous act that contradicted Shari’a Muslim laws.”
The Iranian Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRAN) stated that the reference to ‘despicable/ heinous act’ indicates that the death penalty was carried due to same-sex acts. However the judiciary regulatory office in Fars Province was unwilling to give more precise information about the case and the type of sexual activities of the executed man.
The British Guardian earlier this month translated remarks from Grand Ayatollah Abdollah Javadi-Amoli, who said, “Even animals… dogs and pigs don’t engage in this disgusting act [homosexuality], but yet they [Western politicians] pass laws in favor of them in their parliaments.”
In an interview last week with the Die Welt am Sonntag, Prime Minister of Israel Binyamin Netanyahu commented on Iran’s human rights record. “After all they stone women, they hang gays – this is a backward, dark medieval regime that imposes its tyranny on its own people. Shoots them on the sidewalk, goes into their homes, culls the Internet, takes people away at night,” he said.
LGBT human rights activists have been loudly critical in recent months of the Human Rights Watch for failing to focus on the rise of persecution of gays in the Islamic Republic and elsewhere in more “civilized” sections of the Middle East like Saudia Arabia, Jordan, and Eqypt where homosexuality is punished by long prison terms and possibly death.
An independent UN investigation into the treatment of gay Wikileaks soldier Bradley Manning in Camp Arifjan in Kuwait and in Quantico in Virginia has concluded citing that the “US military was at least culpable of cruel and inhumane treatment”
Juan Mendez has completed a 14-month investigation into the treatment of Manning since the soldier’s arrest at a US military base in May 2010. He concludes that the US military was at least culpable of cruel and inhumane treatment in keeping Manning locked up alone for 23 hours a day over an 11-month period in conditions that he also found might have constituted torture.
“The special rapporteur concludes that imposing seriously punitive conditions of detention on someone who has not been found guilty of any crime is a violation of his right to physical and psychological integrity as well as of his presumption of innocence,” Mendez writes.
The findings of cruel and inhuman treatment are published as an addendum to the special rapporteur’s report to the UN general assembly on the promotion and protection of human rights. They are likely to reignite criticism of the US government’s harsh treatment of Manning ahead of his court martial later this year.
This country should be ashamed.
We’ve become EVERYTHING that we originally fought against.