Note on Earlier Iran Report…

Yesterday I published a post regarding reports of some planned executions in Iran. Late this afternoon, upon receiving some credible information, I took the post down as the case cannot be understood properly based on the information out there at this time. Obviously, these kinds of cases are very serious and lives are at stake.

IranJessica Stern, Director of Programs at the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission, from whom I received information that led to the removal of yesterday's post, provided this quote to me this morning:

"IGLHRC is deeply concerned about the alleged charges facing two men from Piranshahr, Iran, and we are urgently investigating them. We are also concerned that some stories circulating about these men may contain factual inaccuracies and be based on hearsay. Until more is understood, we urge journalists and advocates to act with extreme caution. The death penalty is always wrong, however the specifics of each case matter immensely. Nothing less than the lives of two young men is at stake."

Should I get any new information regarding the situation, I'll share it at that time. Thanks.

Posted January 19, 2011 at 9:06am ETC by Andy Towle
in Iran, News