■ This is the full
text of the press statement from PGLO (Persian Gays &
Lesbians Organisation) received by email received at Outrage! in
Amir, a young Iranian homosexual, recently spoke out
about the torture he has suffered at the hands of the Iranian authorities.
His father was a martyr in the war between Iran and Iraq.
Amir is gay and due to his sexual orientation he
experienced a lot of homophobia during his university studies.
From the time he got to know other homosexuals, his
He was arrested at a party and was convicted and had to
pay a fine.
On several more occasions he was arrested and put in
custody by police, the basij (fundamentalist militia) and the revolutionary
Because he was the son of a martyr, they tortured him
more. They believed Amir had dishonoured the martyrs blood.
He had, of course, done nothing but followed his own
The police and basij (fundamentalist militia group) have
infiltrated gay sites on the internet. This has made homophobic persecution
One of the undercover men got to know Amir in a chat room
and fixed a date with him. He then arrested Amir and took him into custody.
Detained for more than a week after being arrested, he was convicted and
sentenced to 100 lashes, which was carried out in the jail.
After being released, Amir was put under surveillance and
further interrogated by police officers and revolutionary guards. He was
threatened with death.
Following the execution of the two youths in Mashhad for
Lavat (same sex act) the police called Amir back to the station and
threatened that if they caught him once more he would face the same fate as
Due to fear and pressures, Amir has not spoken out about
the injustice he suffered. But now he has escaped from Iran, he is willing
to tell about his victimisation.
There are some photos showing the wounds caused by the
lashings he received.
The Persian Gay and Lesbian Organisation condemns the
torture and execution of gay people in Iran and asks for International
Iranian homosexuals are usually subjected to extreme
oppression and sometimes they are killed. Only small fraction of this
violent homophobia comes to light. The largest part is hidden behind a
curtain of fear. Many persecutions get mixed up with false accusations of
crimes like rape, so that the real reasons are disguised.
The Persian Gays and Lesbians Organisation asks all human
rights activists and GLBT defenders to protest against homophobic attitudes
and crimes in Iran. Let’s work together to prevent such oppression and
(Persian Gays & Lesbians Organisation)
Iran: Gay Amir, Aged
22, Given 100 Lashes. The bruised and bloodied body of a 22
year old gay Iranian, Amir, bears further witness
to the brutality of the Ayatollah’s regime. Yet many gay and human
rights groups in “the West” are sweeping the matter under the carpet.