Death Sentence of Two LGBTQ Activists in Iran: UN 'Very Concerned'

Death sentence for two LGBTQ activists in Iran: UN “very concerned”

The two women were found guilty of having promotes homosexuality.

The UN said on Friday it was “very concerned” after the death sentence handed down in Iran against two gay rights activists, accused of promoting homosexuality.

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The two women, Zahra Sedighi Hamedani, 31, and Elham Chubdar, 24, were sentenced to death by the court in the city of Urmia, northwestern country.

We are deeply concerned about the death sentences handed down to two LGBT activists in Iran, Liz Throssell, spokesperson for the Office of Human Rights, told AFP by email. rights of the UN.

She lamented that the two women were convicted on the vague charge of 'corruption on earth', in a trial that allegedly lacked safeguards. of due process and a fair trial.

This accusation is frequently made in Iran against people accused of having violates religious laws. Homosexuality is prohibited in Iran, its penal code punishing sexual relations between men and between women.

But the sentences handed down against Sedighi Hamedani and #x27;Elham Chubdar are unusually harsh.

Amnesty International and other NGOs have already come out against these sentences, such as France.

The Norway-based NGO Iran Human Rights said the lives of the two activists can be saved with immediate and strong responses from the international community and civil society.< /p>

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