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08/18/2005

Update: New Gay Hangings Planned in Iran

Hamjens_1_1I previously posted that two more executions of homosexuals were rumored to be planned for the end of August in the Iranian city of Arak. Doug Ireland has updated his report on those hangings with the news that indeed, two more hangings are planned. Two homosexual men, both 27, are to be hanged for the crime of raping another 22-year-old "bisexual" man who is a student at Arak University and the son of an army officer.

Ireland's information comes from the editors of an underground gay publication. He reports:

It is not known with certainty at this time whether the two men are guilty of the crime with which they were charged, as the families of the two men have refused to speak with anyone outside the country. While the gay source in Arak cited above claimed the charge “seems to be true,” the Iranian gay publication’s editors who cited this source also warned that “the courts [in the Islamic Republic] always add to gays’ so-called crimes.”

An Iranian scholar who has spent considerable time studying sexuality in Iran told this reporter, “In Iranian society, where even dating between men and women is not allowed under the Islamic Republic, rape is a daily occurrence, so great is the level of male sexual frustration. It is quite likely that the two men from Arak under death sentence did not even consider whatever they did to the third man ‘rape.’”

Ireland also reports that the defendants did not have enough money to pay their lawyer, and their defense suffered greatly as a result. The executions are set for August 27 or 28.

Two More Executions Planned in Iran [gay city news]

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  1. This news makes me sick...

    Posted by: Roy | Aug 18, 2005 5:13:40 PM


  2. Man's inhumanity to man will never cease to amaze me. This is a great example of why theocracy is always horrific, and should be a warning to those right wingers who would like it to occur here.

    I wish I could do something to help them.

    Posted by: Brian | Aug 18, 2005 5:41:52 PM


  3. There is nothing we can do. Except to keep making people aware of this. Thanks Andy

    Posted by: Donald | Aug 18, 2005 5:52:30 PM


  4. The world should condemn Iran severely for this planned murder. If only it were a secular and not religious fundamentalist Islamic state....and hopefully Iraq will not turn out to be the same...

    Posted by: Dan | Aug 18, 2005 7:37:42 PM


  5. are they being executed for rape or for being gay?
    i think the difference is crucial to understanding this situation
    i am a gay man opposed to capitol punishment, as well as rape, but respect cultural differences in dealing with crimes of any nature- should we as americans try to impose our laws and morals upon the world... oh, wait- that's what's going on right now
    never mind

    Posted by: carywd | Aug 18, 2005 11:36:45 PM


  6. "respect cultural differences"??? this excuse is really being abused. Wake up, CARYWD!! In a anti-gay country like Iran, you simply can not trust!! I think you should go to Iran yourself and find out what's the real reason behind.

    I think you are pretty calm(=cold-blooded) to say something like this even after you saw that picture.

    Posted by: Sam | Aug 19, 2005 12:43:15 AM


  7. Cultural differences? I think that one abdicates the right to claim "cultural differences" when they violate basic human rights. I'll acknowledge (if not respect) Islam's right to hate homosexuals, but the executions are beyond the pale.

    Of course it should be acknowledged that similar statements could be made about our own country, depending on the group in question. We don't have a spotless human rights record either. Defending human rights is a constant struggle, and vigilance is everyone's responsibility (regardless of the nation in question).

    Posted by: Brian | Aug 19, 2005 9:48:02 AM


  8. Adding on to Brian's comments, other countries' biggest gripe about America's human rights record is our use of the death penalty. Our neighbors Canada and Mexico will often only extradite their citizens back to America for crimes committed here if we promise not to pursue death. Washington and New Hampshire still permit execution by hanging.

    Posted by: aaron | Aug 19, 2005 12:31:39 PM


  9. As a westerner it strikes me as particularly weird how in that photo the executioners are wearing street clothes, not uniforms. It's like they're just some guys who volunteer for the job. In Iran, execution isn't even a government function.

    Interesting point about male rape being a daily occurence in Iran. Sexual expression, etc. in such a repressive society seem to take on forms and functions it's hard to recognize from the outside.

    Posted by: chuck | Aug 19, 2005 7:01:26 PM


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