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Iran has sentenced two LGBTQ activists to death for allegedly promoting homosexuality, Hengaw, a human rights organization that documents human rights abuses in Kurdistan, said on Sunday.
According to the organization , 31-year-old Zahra Seddigi Hamedani, known as “Sare” from Naqade, and 24-year-old Elham Chubdar from Urmia, LGBT activists, were sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court of Urmia in a joint case on charges of “corruption on Earth” through propaganda of homosexuality.
Hengaw added that “the verdict was announced to him in the last few days in the women's section of the Urmia Central Prison.”
The independent Iranian Twitter news feed 1500tasvir also reported on the verdict, writing on Sunday that “the activists for the rights of homosexuals, Zahra Seddighi (31) and Elham Chubdar (24) were sentenced to death.
The Iranian regime executed between 4,000 and 6,000 gays and lesbians after the Islamic revolution in the country in 1979, according to British Wikipedia 2008.
Hengaw noted in his report that “Zahra Seddighi Hamedani was deprived of her right to a lawyer during her detention, and security officials threatened her with execution and loss of custody of her two children, in addition to verbal harassment and insults to her personality and appearance.”
In addition to “propaganda of homosexuality,” two women, according to Hengaw, were convicted of “promoting Christianity.” and “talking to media opposed to the Islamic Republic.”
Peter Thatchel, a British human rights and LGBTQ+ activist, told The Post on Sunday that women “are likely to be hanged using the barbaric method of long and slow suffocation that the Iranian regime prefers to maximize the suffering of the victim.”
These cases further highlight the Tehran dictatorship's ongoing bloody war against LGBTQ+ people in violation of the principles of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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