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Report Documents Iran Antigay Violence

Report Documents Iran Antigay Violence


Human Rights Watch published a report Wednesday that documents violence against the LGBT community perpetrated by state and private actors in Iran.

According to HRW, "The 102-page report, "We are a Buried Generation: Discrimination and Violence Against Sexual Minorities in Iran," based on testimony from more than 100 Iranians, documents discrimination and violence against LGBT people and others whose sexual practices and gender expression do not conform to government-endorsed socio-religious norms. Human Rights Watch analyzed these abuses within the context of the government's violations against its general population, including arbitrary arrests and detentions, invasions of privacy, mistreatment and torture of detainees, and the lack of due-process protections and fair-trial guarantees."

The report documents in extensive detail how laws and policies put an already vulnerable population at risk in Iran, one of only seven countries where people can be executed for consensual same-sex conduct.

Read the report here.

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