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New Info on Hangings in Iran

Hamjens_1_1More information is coming to light on the hanging of two Iranian boys in July. Iranian authorities have said that the youths were hanged for raping a younger boy, however, no solid evidence has been provided that any kind of sexual assault ever occurred. Gay City News reports that gays inside Iran are affirming that the rape charges were "trumped up." The youths were held in prison for 14 months before their execution and received 228 lashes each. The length of their prison terms would mean that both were minors at the time of their so-called crime.

Afdhere Jama, editor for a gay Muslim e-zine inside Iran, claims no rape took place and the boys hanged had been in a relationship: “The first day I found out, I called my Iranian contacts from Huriyah. All agreed on the fact that these boys were murdered for being queer. One of my contacts who has been to gay parties in Mashad swears the boys were long-term lovers, and another source told me one of the boys’ family members outed the couple.”

The editors of an underground Iranian publication for gays afraid to give their names to the paper agree with Jama that the executed teens were lovers while other sources in touch with Gay City News suggest that the executions may have been "a legally-disguised 'honor killing,' which in Islamic cultures is frequently inflicted by families on their own kin who have engaged in same-sex relations."

Doug Ireland's report offers an insightful background on the history of homosexual acceptance and repression in Iran and is definitely worth a read.

In related news, groups in Dublin, San Francisco, London, Paris, and Montpelier staged protests yesterday against the execution of the Iranian youths.

Iranian Sources Question Rape Charges in Teen Executions [gay city news]
Five-City Protest Against Iran Executions of Gay Teens [persian journal]

Related
Report: Gay Youths Hanged in Iran [tr]

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  1. I want to say something but I can't find the words. How Appalling and there is nothing anyone can do about it. If there is a heaven then I hope they are there together if there is a hell (there is, it is called the radical muslim world) I hope the killers suffer great pain.

    Posted by: Donald | Aug 12, 2005 10:43:16 AM


  2. I wonder what the conservatives here in our Country are saying about this. President Bush is certainly too busy with all the protesters outside his vacation camp, Crawford right? Hrm...

    Posted by: Rob | Aug 12, 2005 10:53:55 AM


  3. I feel exactly the same. I can't find the words either. You'd never know we live in the 21st century. All these guys wanted was to love each other. How does that hurt anybody else? Why is that such a threat to ignorant, intolerant people?

    Posted by: Michael | Aug 12, 2005 11:08:44 AM


  4. Although, they may not have hurt anyone, the same people that punished the youths are the smae people that hate here in America. I think if we were as harsh as Iran, then a lot of "Christians" would have a hanging everyday. It's sad that people can use honor or religion to fuel hate and justify their ignorance and intolorance. Our world today...progress countries like Spain allow same sex marriage (world has not stopped)...America...scared or same sex marriage since it will destroy our nation...Hummm last I heard the countries are still going strong. Soon, the world will change and there will be no more hate or a way to justify it.

    Posted by: Joey | Aug 12, 2005 11:58:05 AM


  5. One thing about the controversial ad by NARAL about Roberts and the abortion clinic bombings, it was trying (even if it failed) to show how fundamentalist politics invariably sanction violence. As queers we live each day connecting the dots between the homophobia of the right-wing and the threat to not only our civil rights but personal and community safety. This image of the execution of two boys is so humbling to all of us who experience the homophobia, I think it leaves us speechless.

    Posted by: Cdn Looking South | Aug 12, 2005 11:58:14 AM


  6. Although, they may not have hurt anyone, the same people that punished the youths are the same people that hate here in America. I think if we were as harsh as Iran, then a lot of "Christians" would have a hanging everyday. It's sad that people can use honor or religion to fuel hate and justify their ignorance and intolorance. Our world today...progress countries like Spain allow same sex marriage (world has not stopped)...America...scared of same sex marriage since it will destroy our nation...Hummm last I heard the countries are still going strong. Soon, the world will change and there will be no more hate or a way to justify it.

    Posted by: Joey | Aug 12, 2005 12:00:16 PM


  7. Frankly, this seems like great material for a new Sondheim musical.

    Posted by: Anonymous | Aug 12, 2005 12:47:05 PM


  8. Thanks again to Andy for giving this frustratingly underreported story as much attention as you have. It's really important.

    Posted by: ryan | Aug 12, 2005 1:36:04 PM


  9. I too, find this event deeply upsetting. I am also angry that is seems so hard to get at the truth of what happened. But does it really matter? No alleged crime on their part could justify what happened to these young men.

    Posted by: Brian | Aug 12, 2005 5:32:28 PM


  10. It gets worse:

    ---------- Forwarded message ----------

    TWO NEW GAY EXECUTIONS SCHEDULED IN IRAN,
    SAYS IRANIAN EXILE GROUP

    by Doug Ireland

    In the last 24 hours I've been in touch with Farhad Hoseini of the
    International
    Federation of Iranian Refugees (IFTR), who reports that two gay men --
    Farbod
    Mostaar and Ahmad Chooka -- have been tried and sentenced to be executed
    for homosexuality on August 28, in the Iranian city of Arak. As soon as i
    got the
    first e-mail alerting me to this new set of scheduled executions, I placed a
    call its
    sender, the IFTR's Hoseini, who is part of the IFTR secretariat in The
    Netherlands.
    He told me that he and the IFTR had received the information about these
    scheduled new gay executions from members of the families of the two men
    whose death at the hands of the Islamic Republic of Iran has been
    programmed.
    Hoseini asserted that the men were to be killed for consensual homosexual
    acts
    with each other -- such acts are punishable by death in the Islamic
    Republic.
    But he had very little other information -- he promised to get me more.

    As I noted in my latest article for New York City's Gay City News on the
    hangings
    of the two gay Iranian teens in the city of Mashad on July 19, the climate
    of
    repression and surveillance of gays in in Iran the wake of those hangings
    has
    increased tremendously since the news of these barbaric executions went
    global
    and elicited world-wide protests. Hoseini confirmed that the IFTR's contacts
    inside Iran also are reporting this crackdown -- and he said everyone is
    afraid to
    talk about State anti-gay repression, including the families of the two men
    now
    reportedly set to be executed at the end of this month in Arak, which is
    central
    Iran. The IFTR is a left-wing organization that has existed since 1990, and
    is
    opposed to both the Islamist regime and to the Pahlevi monarchy -- but
    Iranian
    scholarly sources I contacted told me that, whatever differences they may
    have
    had over strategy and tactics with the IFTR (which urged a boycott of the
    last
    presidential election), they would be reliable on this issue.

    As soon as I heard from Hoseini, I immediately informed Scott Long, head of
    the
    gay and lesbian department at Human Rights Watch -- which had not yet heard
    of these new scheduled executions -- of what I had learned. HRW has yet to
    react officially to this report.

    This story will be updated by PageOneQ as soon as more information becomes
    available.

    Links:
    http://www.hambastegi.org/
    http://gaycitynews.com/gcn_432/iraniansourcesquestion.html

    Posted by: Tony | Aug 13, 2005 4:00:31 PM


  11. Joey, you wrote: "the same people that punished the youths are the same people that hate here in America." Really?

    Do you know of ANY government-sanctioned executions for homesexuality in the U.S. this year?

    "I think if we were as harsh as Iran, then a lot of 'Christians' would have a hanging everyday."

    Joey, you're a bigot. An anti-Christian bigot.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 14, 2005 12:29:45 AM


  12. It was horrific to find out that these two guys were killed because of their sexuality... Two days a friend and I debated about the speculation of wether it is possible that they raped a boy. He could not imagine that someone would kill for the lack of understanding another persons sexual preferances. Then when I told him about the Matthew Shephard murder. Regardlessn of the social evolution of a country, still the redneck-hillbilly-homophobe resides, and the insecurities of these people have been our burdon for quite some time. Sadly I don't see any real change anywhere.

    Posted by: Hugo | Aug 14, 2005 8:08:56 AM


  13. Anon, while I agree with you that the United States is still a far cry from the strict rules of many middle-eastern nations. I do think is naive to think that the evangelism (particularly this country's 9/11 fear-based variety) in politicals will ultimately spawn violence. It may or may not be government sanctioned, but people will feel liberated to act on their ignorance. As long as more and more people believe for whatever false reason that specific types or groups of people should be denied equality, violence will inevitably happen. No, George Bush's administration may not be directly sanctioning violence ... does abandonning our rights make it any more acceptable?

    Posted by: LostMonkey | Aug 14, 2005 7:24:22 PM


  14. When I posted the IRAN Murder report link in several blogs as a way to get some attention on the subject, what I mostly got in return was some serious flack, even from left-wing people involved in the journalism industry (of all things).
    They paid practically no mind to the issue in hand, since they prefered to focus more on wether I was gay or not, given my choice of topic.

    I guess that pretty much says gay lib is an everyday concern.

    Just a reminder,

    BRANX

    Posted by: BRANX | Aug 16, 2005 7:01:08 PM


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