Iranian homosexuals have to hide their sexual preferences; otherwise they face heavy punishment, including the death penalty.

 Homosexuality and other sex crimes in Iran

 

Iranian homosexuals have to hide their sexual preferences; otherwise they face heavy punishment, including the death penalty. Some of them escape Iran, others have to undergo a sex reassignment surgery, which the Iranian regime considers legitimate and even encourages in cases of homosexuality by providing partial funding.

Aug. 9
Iran set to execute 18-year-old on allegation of sodomy – An 18-year-old Iranian is facing imminent execution on charges of homosexuality, even though he has no legal representation. Ebrahim Hamidi, who is not gay apparently, was sentenced to death for lavat, or sodomy, on the basis of "judge’s knowledge", a legal loophole that allows for subjective judicial rulings where there is no conclusive evidence. Hamidi had been represented by human rights lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei, who has since been forced to flee Iran after bringing to international attention the case of another of his clients, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani (see Women’s Rights in Iran, August 9, 2010).

July 21
Seven women and three men sentenced to death for adultery.

April 26: Iranian homosexuals carve out a refuge in Turkey (AP)
 

Jan 14
Man and woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery – Iranian Court of Appeals approved of a death-by-stoning sentence against a man and a woman convicted of adultery in West Azerbaijan province. The two have been held in Orumie’s Central Prison, and were denied any legal defense or representation during their trial. A year ago, Iranian government abolished, but not completely, executions by stoning, due to public disapproval both in Iran and abroad. Still, despite the (unofficial) abolition, there are occasional reports on executions by stoning in remote parts of Iran.