UN Reports LGBT Rights Abuses in Iran…
Abuse is not the word here. Iran has executed gays as young as 15 yrs old for being gay. And what they do to justify to the world and public is saying that they committed a rape. I would dare to say that 99% of Iran’s executions are based on lies that the government trumps up in order to murder people for their own fucked up Sharia bullshit laws.
The United Nations Human Rights Committee issued a groundbreaking report Thursday that puts LGBT human rights abuses in Iran in the spotlight for the first time and recommends that the government make changes. The document, which carries legal weight in the international system, could become a powerful tool for advocates working to improve conditions in the country and other parts of the world. The report follows a long-awaited review of Iran’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights ICCPR, the major treaty governing international human rights. The treaty currently has 166 state signatories, and countries typically undergo review at least every five years.
The Islamic Republic of Iran, which ratified the treaty without reservations in 1975, had not submitted to review in 18 years.In its concluding observations, the committee reaffirmed that “sexual orientation and gender identity” fall within the parameters of the ICCPR. The panel expressed concern about the persecution and discrimination faced by faced by LGBT people in Iran, one of the few countries in the world where homosexual sex is punishable by death. The committee noted discrimination against LGBT people in housing, education and health care, in addition to the use of corporal punishment for certain sexual acts. The committee recommended that Iran “take all necessary” measures to ameliorate the situation, and to provide a detailed update on the conditions for LGBT people in the country in its next periodic report due in 2014.
“For years, Iranian authorities have committed acts of terror against LGBT people, incited violence by others, and refused even to admit that LGBT Iranians exist,” said Hossein Alizadeh, regional coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission IGLHRC, in a statement on Thursday. “Today, the Human Rights Committee has made clear that the government of Irans conduct amounts to a violation of the very international laws that it has agreed to uphold. As a state that prides itself in tradition and morality, Iran must now take immediate action to ensure its definitions of culture and morality are in accordance with the fundamental principles of international human rights law.”
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