Three Men executed of homosexuality in Iran – IHR
Iran Human Rights has reported that three men were executed by the regime on Sept 4th for charges of sodomy. While there are not currently many details available about the event. The regime rarely makes public announcements regarding death sentences for homosexuality, a phenomenon which President Ahmadinejad has claimed does not exist in Iran.
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Norway-based NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR) released the information on its website Sept 5th, citing the State news agency ISNA. Of the six men hanged in the Karoun prison in Ahvaz (in southwestern Iran), three are reported to have been hanged on charges of sodomy, which are unlawful according to articles 108 and 110 of the Iranian Islamic penal code.
The men were identified as: ”M. T.”, “T. T.” and “M. Ch.” (age not mentioned for any of them) and besides being convicted of sodomy, had also committed other offences such as kidnapping and robbery, said the report.
Condemning the executions, the spokesperson of IHR, Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, said: “Yesterday’s executions for sodomy might be among the rare cases were the Iranian authorities admit to having executed men convicted of homosexual acts”. He added: “Iranian authorities normally present such cases as rape, but rape as not been mentioned in this case”.
IHR is currently investigating the case of the three men executed for sodomy.
Amiry-Moghaddam warned about a new wave of executions scheduled for the coming weeks in Iran. He said: “After a short break in the executions due to the Holy month of Ramadan, we have received reports about many scheduled executions in the coming days and weeks in Iran”. Amiry-Moghaddam added: “Many of the scheduled executions are planned to be carried out publically”.
With 180 official reported hangings so for in 2011, Iran is second only to China in their use of the death penalty to instil fear and state obedience in its population, a practice which officials claim is necessary to ensure social order in the strict application of its interpretation of Sharia law. While the hanging of Iranians convicted of homosexual acts is a common occurrence in Iran, the 2005 hanging of teenagers Mahmoud Asgari (16) and Ayaz Marhoni (18) remains the most publicized case in the international gay press.
Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the United Nations have repeatedly condemned Iran for its rampant use of the death penalty for consensual same-sex relations, which the state consistently refers to as rape in order to justify the public or prison hangings.