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Islamic Republic judiciary in Iran hangs three Iranian homosexuals-

IRAN WATCH CANADA :Mohammad Sadegh Larijani the head of Islamic Republic judiciary must answer for these crimes against humanity in International court and people's court in a future democratic Iran.

Iran hangs three men convicted of homosexuality
8 September 2011
Iranian execution of three men on charges of consensual homosexual acts brings attention to persecution of sexual minorities and increasing use of death penalty in Iran.
The Guardian and The Independent today report that three men have been executed by hanging after being convicted of homosexuality in the Iranian Khuzestan province. The men, accused of ‘lavat’ – sexual intercourse between two men – were put to death on Sunday alongside three other convicts accused of unrelated crimes. Saeed Kamali Dehghan, writing for The Guardian, reports that:
‘The three convicts were sentenced to death based on the articles 108 and 110 of Iran’s Islamic penal code, for acts against the sharia law and bad deeds’
The case has been deemed especially significant by human rights groups as accusations of homosexuality in Iran are usually accompanied by additional charges of sexual assault or rape. In this instance however, the men were executed for consensual relations. Jerome Taylor, The Independent’s religious affairs correspondent, cites human rights researcher Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam in his article ‘Iran executes three men for sodomy’:
‘Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, a researcher at Iran Human Rights who is investigating the executions, told The Independent: “Iranian authorities have previously presented such cases as rape, in order to make the execution more acceptable and to avoid too much international attention, but this time the news is not presented as rape.”’
Although it is understood that the persecution of homosexuals in Iran is widespread, it is unclear how many people have been killed or imprisoned due to their sexual orientation. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denied the existence of homosexuals in Iran in 2007. The Guardian’s ‘Iran executes three men on homosexuality charges’ quotes Mohammad Mostafaei, an Iranian lawyer living ‘in exile in Norway’, who refers to Ahmadinajed’s 2007 comments on gay Iranians:
‘We should not forget what [president] Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a speech during his visit to New York for the UN general assembly when he said we don’t have homosexuals in Iran and no one will be punished for homosexuality in the country. Many innocent people have indeed been sentenced to death or hanged in secret based on such ambiguous accusations in Iran [in recent years].’
Iran has the highest rate of executions in the world per capita, and reportedly has had a surge in death sentences undertaken this year. In July Just Journalism gave coverage to video released by Amnesty International showing a public hanging in Iran, which prompted condemnation of the Islamic Republic’s increasing use of the death penalty.
The full video can be seen below [warning: graphic].
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