Iran executed two gay men who were convicted of sodomy charges and spent six years on death row, denounced a human rights group.
According to a report published by the Human Rights Activists News Agency or HRNA, the two men were identified as Mehrdad Karimpour Y Farid Mohammadi |.
They were sentenced to death for “forced sexual intercourse between two men” Y hanged in a prison in the northwestern city of Maragheh, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) from the capital Tehran.
Homosexuality is illegal in Iran, which is considered one of the most repressive countries in the world for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
HRNA said Iranian regime-controlled media have not reported the executions of the two men under the country’s anti-gay law.
“The two Iranian men were executed today after being found guilty on charges related to homosexuality”, HRNA tweeted. “Human rights websites identified the men as Mehrdad Karimpour and Farid Mohammadi, 32. They were arrested 6 years ago and were in Maragheh prison until their execution.”.
In July, two other men were executed on the same charges in Maragheh, added the group, which pointed out that, since last year, the Persian regime has executed 299 people, including four for crimes committed when they were minors. In 2021, the Islamic Republic sentenced 85 people to death.
In October, the United Nations independent investigator on human rights in Iran, Javaid Rehman, told the Human Rights Committee of the body’s General Assembly that Iran continues to apply capital punishment “at an alarming rate”.
Under Iranian law, sodomy, rape, adultery, armed robbery and murder are crimes that carry the death penalty. According to activist estimates, Iran’s theocratic regime has executed between 4,000 and 6,000 gays and lesbians since the country’s 1979 Islamic revolution.
The new president of the Islamic Republic, Ibrahim Raisi, declared in a speech against homosexuals in 2014 that same-sex relationships are “nothing but savagery.”
In December, the Iranian, Lesbian and Transgender 6G Network reported on its website that An Iranian lesbian named Sarah was arrested in West Azerbaijan province while trying to cross the border into Turkey.
Last year, a prominent Iranian regime theater director, Ghotbedin Sadeghi, delivered a homophobic speech against the Iranian LGBTQ community in March, sparking outrage from activists for his anti-gay rhetoric.
In January 2019, the regime publicly hanged a man on charges of homosexuality.
In 2016, he was executed a gay teen, the first confirmed execution of someone convicted as a minor in the Islamic Republic.
(With AP information)