Dr. Mohammad Javad Larijani, secretary of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights, on March 14 defended Iran’s treatment of LGBT people, responding to a damning report by the United Nation’s Special Rapparteur on Human Rights in Iran.
That report by Ahmed Shaheed, a former foreign affairs minister of the Maldives, described widespread human rights violations, including those of LGBT people. Under Iranian law, homosexual activities are punishable by death.
Based on interviews with 24 members of the Iranian LGBT community, the report stated that:
Fifteen interviewees believed that they were arrested at least once for their sexual orientation or for associating with other LGBT persons.
Thirteen reported that once in detention, security officers subjected them to some form of torture or physical abuse; including punches, kicks and baton strikes to the head or body and, in a few cases, sexual assault and rape.
Several people reported that they were…
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