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Iran just executed a gay man. He may be the third so far this year.


Iran, hanging, gay, LGBTQ Iran executed a gay man, Iman Safavi Rad, last Wednesday on homophobic charges of “sodomy.” His killing was at least the third anti-gay execution to occur in the country in 2022.

Rad was identified as gay by Dr. Kazem Moussavi, an Iranian dissident who spoke to The Jerusalem Post . Rad’s execution took place in the Rajai Shahr Prison within Karaj, the capital of the northeastern Alborz province.

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The man’s execution was one of 10 that took place at the prison last week, according to the Human Rights Activist News Agency . The other executed people had been accused of rape and murder. Iranian judicial authorities keep silent about 88 percent of executions, leading human rights advocates to refer to them as “secret executions.”

Article 234 of Iran’s penal code punishes anal intercourse between men with whip flogging and the death penalty. But “the regime conceals executions of homosexuals to prevent international protests,” Moussavi wrote.

National laws also punish male same-sex kissing with whipping.Two other suspected gay men – 32-year-old Mehrdad Karimpour and 29-year-old Farid Mohammadi — were hanged in January […]

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