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and subject or whether the person is Muslim or non-Muslim during sentencing (Article 130). If the act of lesbianism is

repeated and results in a conviction a total of three times,

then the fourth conviction will bring about the death penalty (Article 131).

While the pre-revolutionary punishment for homosexuality

was worded with less clarity, it was far less severe, except in

cases where abuse or rape was involved. Article 207 of Iran’s

pre-revolutionary penal code set forth, “Anyone who violates a woman by harshness or threat will be condemned to imprisonment with hard labour for 3 to 10 years; the same punishment is ordained to anyone who commits buggery, and whenever

buggery is committed with violence or threat, the sentence will

be the severest punishment”. // On New Year’s Eve, 1990, Iran’s

Chief Justice Morteza Moghtadai outlined a new policy for those convicted of homosexuality in the Islamic Republic,

“They are either to be ‘beheaded by a sword’; ‘stoned to

death’; ‘thrown down from a height such as a mountain or tall building’; ‘suffocated under the rubble of a wall demolished on their head’; or ‘burned alive’ … It is even permitted that in pu-

nishing such a despicable act, one of the first four punishments be implemented and then have their corpse burned”

On the very day that Moghtadai made this announcement,

three men accused of homosexuality were publicly beheaded and two women accused of lesbianism were stoned to death

(in Anderson, 1990). The tragedy of homosexuals being executed in the Islamic Republic of Iran cannot be overlooked, but the fact that they are commonly executed on trumped up

charges detracts from the hatred and homophobia embedded in these dire violations of their human rights.

LGBT Republic of Iran: An Online Reality?  

A Small Media report revealing how Iran’s LGBT communities use global communicationstechnology in their everyday lives.

LGBT Republic of Iran: An Online Reality?  

A Small Media report revealing how Iran’s LGBT communities use global communicationstechnology in their everyday lives.

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