20 Detainees in Iran Could Face Death for “Homosexuality and Devil-Worship”
October 19, 2013 by Guest contributor
Post submitted by Karim, HRC Global Engagement Intern
Whereas in the West, we are still struggling with marriage equality and equal rights, there are many countries, such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Uganda where simply being LGBT is punishable by the death penalty.
Last Tuesday, Iran’s revolutionary guards raided a birthday party in Kermanshah and arrested about 20 of the 80 attendees for “homosexuality and devil-worship.” The detainees face the possibility of being charged with “homosexual relations” which carries the death penalty in Iran.
Iran currently executes the most people every year behind China. This year, Iran has executed over 500 individuals.
Until last year, same-sex sexual acts between men were punishable by death by hanging or stoning in Iran. However, in 2012, a new amendment to the penal code was approved which sentenced the active partner to 100 floggings if he was not married. However, the receptive individual, whether single or married, would still receive the death penalty. Women are punished with 100 lashes, and if the act is repeated four times, then the individual can also receive the death penalty.
In Saudi Arabia, male homosexuality is treated as fornication, which is punishable by stoning, flogging, or banishment depending on the crime. In 2002, three men in Saudi Arabia were beheaded by sword in public for “sodomy and marriage among themselves.” Female homosexuality is treated as adultery and is punishable by death for married women and flogging if the woman is single.
Currently, homosexuality in Uganda can be punished from seven years to life imprisonment. However in 2009, an Anti-Homosexuality Bill often referred to as the “Kill the Gays bill,” was proposed in court. If enacted into law, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill would permit Ugandan courts to condemn individuals who engage in same-sex practice to death.
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