Table of Contents Executive Summary Introduction 1. Attitudes towards Homosexuality during the Qajar and Pahlavi Eras 1.2. She also reported that she and a number of her transsexual friends were arrested at a park, although they were not doing anything illegal.[12] Classified as a mental disorder, homosexuality can be grounds for exemption from military service, which is compulsory in Iran.

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Differences between the New IPC and the Previous IPC 3.4.1. Difference in Treatment of Other Homosexual Acts 3.5. Maryam Molkara and Ayatollah Khomeini’s Fatwa on SRS 3.5.2. This report explains how LGBT persons are discriminated against in law and practice in the IRI, and relies on first-hand witness accounts to demonstrate the wide extent of abuse against them in contemporary Iranian society.

Many are forced to leave Iran and seek asylum on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Executions after the Revolution to the Present 5.2. When his brother discovered Farshid was gay, they got into a physical fight. The official reason given in his dismissal letter was “incompatibility with Islamic mores in the university.”[2] Unfortunately Farshid’s story is not unique.

Discrimination against and Persecution of LGBT Persons in the Islamic Republic of Iran 5.1. Executions in the Immediate Aftermath of the Revolution 5.1.2. From previous experiences, Farshid knew he had to keep quiet when faced with abuse. He did not, however, report the incident: If it is revealed that a person is gay in Iran, that person will probably face grave consequences. When rumors spread among his classmates that he was gay, Farshid was summoned by , the university’s intelligence and security office.[1] He was subsequently expelled from his university.

For your information this country was formerly known as Persia.

(November 7, 2013) - Since its inception, the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) has discriminated, in law and in practice, against its lesbian and gay population. They considered it a disease, and even [a] prosecutable [offense].

LGBT persons are also subject to torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatments or punishments in violation of international law.

In addition, LGBT persons are deprived of the freedom of peaceful assembly as well as the freedom of opinion, expression and information.

Farshid was out with his friends when the agents approached him.

Introduction Farshid, a 27-year-old homosexual Iranian, had no choice but to keep silent after two plainclothes agents of the Iranian state raped him in Tehran one autumn night in 2007.

Instead he was taken to the basement of a house, where the two plainclothes agents raped him in the bathroom. One of the plainclothes agents took photos of Farshid when he was naked, and he stated he would distribute his photos if Farshid spoke out about what had happened.