Two gay men were hanged to death in Iran after they spent over 6 years on death row for “sodomy” related charges.
According to a reports, Mehrdad Karimpour and Farid Mohammadi were both hanged in a prison in the northwestern city of Maragheh for being involved in sodomy.
The two were hanged around 310 miles away from Tehran and were sentenced to death for forced sexual intercourse between two men.
As of writing this article, Iran is considered to be one of the most brutal countries in the world when it comes to LGBTQ+ rights.
In the Islamic Republic of Iran, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people face legal challenges. Anyone who is caught in sexual activity in the same gender can face death penalty charges. However, people are allowed to change their gender through a sex reassignment surgery.
The country’s penal code outlines that “livat”, which is defined under Article 233 as penetrative anal intercourse between men, is punishable with the death penalty.
As per the Human Dignity Trust, Article 236 also says that Tafkhiz, which is defined under Article 235 as putting a male sex organ between the thighs or buttocks of another man, is punishable with 100 lashes or the death penalty in case the active party is non-Muslim and the passive party is Muslim.
When it comes to women, the crime is punishable with 100 lashes.
Same-sex intimacy between men and women other than liwat or tafkhiz such as kissing or touching as a result of lust is also punishable with anywhere between 31 to 74 lashes.
The deaths of the twe have been met with extreme outrage on the internet.
Journalist Karmel Melamed said:
“The Ayatollah regime in Iran just executed two gay men for the crime of sodomy in Iran. This is Mehrdad Karimpour and Farid Mohammadi who were executed by hanging. Where’s the outrage from @StateDept @SecBlinken @glaad & other LGBT groups in US to this horrific crime?!”
Peter Tatchell, an LGBTQ+ campaigner, released a statement about the deaths of the two men.
“Iran is one of a dozen Muslim-majority countries and regions that enforce Sharia law and impose the death penalty for homosexuality. The execution of these men follows a long-standing regime policy of the state-sanctioned murder of gay men, often on disputed charges after unfair trials that have been condemned by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. The international community must impose Magnitsky sanctions on the regime officials, judges and prison staff who authorised these executions – and on those responsible for the many other human rights cases of abuse in Iran, including the hanging of peaceful Kurdish, Baluch and Ahwazi Arab activists on fake terrorism charges.”
Right now, it is believed that around 4000 to 6000 gay men and women have been executed in Iran since the 1979 Revolution.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the 2 men, may their souls rest in peace.