Iran sentences two gay rights activists to death


Two gay men who spent six years on execution row in Iran after being found guilty of sodomy have been put to death.
A rights group said that Iran had murdered two gay men who had spent six years on death row after being found guilty of sodomy. Iran, which is regarded as one of the most oppressive countries in the world for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, forbids homosexuality.
The two individuals were named in a report published on Sunday by the Human Rights Activists News Agency as Mehrdad Karimpour and Farid Mohammadi.
They were executed in a prison in the northwestern city of Maragheh, around 500 kilometers (310 miles) from the capital, Tehran, for “forced sexual intercourse between two men.”

The group claimed that two further men were hanged in Maragheh in July of last year on similar grounds. It was also mentioned that Iran hanged 299 people in 2017—four of whom were found guilty of crimes they had committed as youngsters. Iran executed 85 people in 2021 as well.
Javaid Rehman, a U.N. independent investigator on Iranian human rights, reported to the organization in October. The human rights committee of the General Assembly has stated that Iran continues to use the death penalty “at an alarming rate.”
Sodomy, rape, adultery, armed robbery, murder, and other offenses are among those that carry the death penalty in Iran.


RELATED: Iran to execute 4 men convicted of sodomy

Eight crimes, including murder, rape, drug trafficking, and sodomy, are punishable by death under Iranian law.
According to the Human Rights Activists News Agency, the Iranian judiciary maintained the death penalty for four men last week who were found guilty of sodomy (HRANA).
Iranian human rights reporters’ stories are distributed by the organization in Persian.
The four males, identified in the report as Saadat Arefi, Vahid Akbari, Javid Akbari, and Houshmand Akbari, all from the rural region of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad in southeast Iran, were found guilty of sodomy (“lavat” in Farsi).


Iran arrests 12 Bahá’í people accused of spying for Israel

According to the Iranian news agency IRNA, 12 Baha’is were detained by the Islamic Republic’s Ministry of Intelligence and National Security on suspicion of spying for Israel.

This evening, the Iranian news agency IRNA announced that the Islamic Republic’s Ministry of Intelligence and National Security had detained 12 Bahá’s in the northern Iranian province of Mazandaran on suspicion of espionage for Israel.
The report states that two of the organization’s leaders received training at the World House of Justice, which is housed in the Bahá’ Center in Haifa, and then established a spy cell with other organization members throughout the northern area.
The members of the organization “communicated covertly, relying on the basis of signals sent from Haifa and the Zionist regime,” according to the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence. Members of the group throughout the nation used these messages.

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