Iran’s judiciary executed three men for sodomy, bringing international attention to the country’s already poor record on human rights. The men were put to death, according to the Iranian Student News Agency, by hanging this past Sunday at Karoun prison in the city of Ahvaz.
According to the Independent:
Human rights groups have said the case is significant because gay men that come before the courts are usually charged with acts such as sexual assault and rape – crimes that convey an element of coercion rather than consensual sex between two willing participants.
The recent Ahvaz executions, however, specifically refer to sections 108 and 110 of the Iranian penal code. Section 108 defines sodomy under Iran’s interpretation of Sharia law and the latter rules that the punishment for lavat is death. Previous executions of gay men usually quote sections of the Iranian penal code that refer to “lavat leh onf” – sodomy by coercion.
As of now, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission has not released a statement concerning this weekend’s tragic event, but you can find more information about gay and lesbian rights in the Middle East here.