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JERUSALEM, Israel – The Islamic Republic of Iran sentenced two Iranian girls to loss of life for his or her LGBTQ activism, selling Christianity and get in touch with with media against the clerical regime in Tehran.
In accordance with a Sunday report on the web site of the Norwegian-based Hengaw Group for Human Rights, “Zahra Sediqi Hamedani, referred to as ‘Sareh,’ 31, from Naqadeh, and Elham Chubdar, 24, from Urmia have been sentenced to loss of life by the Revolutionary Court docket of Urmia in a joint case on the cost of ‘Corruption on Earth’ by way of the marketing homosexuality.”
Urmia is a metropolis in West Azerbaijan Province of Iran the place Hengaw displays human rights violations. Hengaw additionally stated the 2 girls have been convicted of “selling Christianity” and “speaking with the media opposing the Islamic Republic.”
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A day after the Hengaw report, the Iran state-controlled Islamic Republic Information Company (IRNA) reported the sentences imposed on the 2 girls. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps — a U.S.-designated terrorist entity — accused the ladies of “selling homosexuality, playing, fraud, and selling illicit sexual relations and publishing them on the Web.”
The IRNA report stated the 2 girls “misused” girls and women with respect to employment alternatives outdoors the Islamic Republic of Iran. The cost of “misuse” is said to an allegation of human trafficking leveled towards the ladies final 12 months.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) arrested Zahra in November and, in response to the pro-Iran regime Tasnim Information Company, people have been detained on expenses of “forming a gang for trafficking women and supporting homosexuality.”
In accordance with an IRGC assertion on the time, one of many expenses towards the imprecise “trafficking community” was “speaking and supporting gay teams” who “operated underneath the auspices of the trans-regional intelligence providers.”
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The Islamic Republic of Iran punishes same-sex relations with the loss of life penalty. In accordance with a 2008 British WikiLeaks cable, Iran’s regime has executed 4,000-6000 gays and lesbians for the reason that nation’s 1979 Islamic revolution.
The 6G Iranian and Lesbian and Transgender Community reported in December that Zahra lived and labored in Iraqi Kurdistan. Iraqi Kurdistan police arrested her after she gave an interview to BBC Persian in regards to the jihadists in Iraq. She was incarcerated for 21 days in Iraq.
6G stated Zahra sought to flee to Turkey to avoid wasting herself and launched a video within the occasion of her imprisonment. 6G posted a video on its web site of her. The Persian phrase for 6G is Shesh rang and embodies the six colours of the LGBTQ+ flag.
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Zahra stated on the video, “Right now, I arrived in Iran. The regime came upon that I am right here through my pals. Any time I could be arrested. My life is at risk. I attempt to get out of Iran, I do not know if I could make it or not.”
The Iran scholar Alireza Nader informed Fox Information Digital, “The Biden administration claims it cares about world LGBT points however has remained silent on the persecution of those two LGBT activists in Iran. How can anybody take Biden significantly when he’s silent on the persecution of LGBT Iranians by the regime?” He added, “The U.S. ought to condemn their persecution loudly and make human rights a cornerstone of its Iran coverage. However phrases aren’t sufficient. The Biden administration ought to take actual motion, together with pressuring the regime by imposing extra sanctions on Iranian officers and establishments of repression. Sadly, Biden is in search of to elevate sanctions on the regime.”
Deputy State Division spokesperson Vedant Patel was requested in regards to the case throughout Monday’s briefing, and he stated that he was conscious of experiences on the sentencing of the 2 LGBTQ activists, telling reporters, “The U.S. firmly opposes all human rights abuses towards LGBTQI+ individuals, and it urges governments to repeal legal guidelines that criminalize people on the premise of sexual orientation, gender identification or expression and intercourse traits.” He added that he had no additional particulars concerning the specifics of the case.
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The Iranian-American journalist and girls’s rights activist Masih Alijenad tweeted, “Detained LGBT+ rights advocate Zahra Sedighi-Hamedani sentenced to loss of life in Iran for. Sure in twenty first century being gay is a punishable crime in Iran and now she and Elham Chobdar are sentenced to be executed. This act of terror have to be condemned by the world. Be their voice.”