Mahmoud Asgari and
Ayaz Marhoni, the two Iranian teenage gay lovers are prepared for
execution. The photograph was released by the Iranian Student News
Agency on July 20, 2005.
LONDON, July 9, 2006 – Support
for the five demands proposed by London-based gay human rights group
Outrage! for the worldwide day of protest against Iran on Wednesday July 19
has come from Iran’s leading gay group, the Persian Gay and Lesbian
July 19 has been chosen at it is
the first anniversary of the execution of the two gay teens who were hanged
in Edalat (Justice) Square in the city of Mashhad, in north east Iran. At
the time of their public execution, the two youths were only identified by
their initials – AM and MA.
Outrage! is one of only a few human
rights groups who have spoken out following the execution. It was Outrage!
who first “broke” the story.
First reports of the execution came
on July 21, 2005 from Outrage! following extensive accuracy checks and
translations from Persian of internet reports. Outrage! reported that the
two had been sentenced to death in the Shia Court No 19 for the crime of
homosexuality. Later that day, official statements from the Iranian
government said that the pair had been executed for the rape of a 13
The PGLO refutes this, saying that
the two, who were named as Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni, were in fact
“The Persian Gay and Lesbian
Organisation endorses the worldwide July19 protests and condemns the Iranian
regime’s persecution of its gay and lesbian citizens,” said Arsham Parsi,
Secretary of the Human Rights Commission of Iran’s leading gay organisation,
the PGLO in a letter to Outrage!.
“We urge cities all over the world
to show solidarity with our freedom struggle. Your solidarity is
tremendously important and effective.
“It is very distressing to witness
the way some leading human rights groups have been hood-winked by the
homophobic culture both inside and outside Iran,” wrote Arsham Parsi who has
recently been given asylum in Canada.
“[Human rights groups] have chosen
to believe the propaganda waged against gay human rights, rather than gay
victims and gay groups like PGLO.
“We feel great pain when we see
human rights advocates ignoring the evidence and failing to speak out
against the torture and execution of gay people in our country.
“We know first-hand, from the
violent abuse of our members and supporters, that the jailing, flogging and
hanging of gay people is official state law and policy.
“Sources in Iran have confirmed
that the two youths executed in Mashhad last July were lovers, not child
rapists. We are convinced they were hanged because they were gay.
“We are very disappointed that some
people prefer to believe the story of Iranian officials about these two
teens that is geared towards defaming the character of the murdered boys.
“PGLO supports OutRage!'s five
demands to ensure justice for gay Iranians,” said Mr. Parsi.
OutRage! has proposed five demands
for the July 19 protests. These demands, which have been endorsed by the
■ End all executions in Iran,
especially the execution of minors.
■ Stop the arrest, torture and
imprisonment of Iranian lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and
repeal the Iranian penal code's criminalisation of same-sex relationships.
■ Halt the deportation to Iran of
LGBT asylum seekers and other victims of Tehran's persecution.
■ Support Iranians struggling for
democracy, social justice and human rights.
■ Oppose foreign military
intervention in Iran; regime change must come from within – by and for the
Iranian people themselves.
Iran Executes Two Gay Teens In Public Hanging.
Two gay teenagers were publicly executed in Iran on 19 July
2005 for the ‘crime’ of homosexuality. The youths were hanged in Edalat
(Justice) Square in the city of Mashhad, in north east Iran. They were
sentenced to death by Court No. 19. [This is the first report from UK Gay
News on July 21, 2005. The page contains links to other coverage]
The original story in Persian from ISNA, with three photographs can be seen at