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Two gay Iranian teenagers -- one 18, the other believed to be 16 or 17, were executed this week for the "crime" of homosexuality.
two  gay youths hanged on July 19 in Edalat Square
two gay youths hanged on July 19 in Edalat Square
his only crime-a homosexual act that happened around age 16
his only crime-a homosexual act that happened around age 16
the younger of the two adolescents weeping as he faces the end of his young life
the younger of the two adolescents weeping as he faces the end of his young life
the Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) reported on July 19. (The ISNA report is in Farsi, and was translated into English by the British gay rights group OutRage!, which released its report today--ISNA also provided the terrifying photos of the teens' last moments you see on this page. You can see an enlarged version of each photo by left-clicking on them) The two youths -- identified only by their initials as M.A. and A.M., were hanged on July 19 in Edalat (Justice) Square in the city of Mashhad in north-eastern Iran, on the orders of Court No. 19. The hanging of the teens was also reported by the National Council of Resistance of Iran.

And the website Iran Focus not only confirms the story but provides more details, reporting that "Members of Iran's parliament from the north-eastern city of Mashad, where a minor and an 18-year-old man were publicly hanged yesterday, vented their anger on Wednesday on foreign and domestic news outlets for reporting the ages of hanged prisoners...Ultra-conservative deputy Ali Asgari said that the two deserved to be hanged in public, adding, 'Whatever sentence is decreed by an Islamic penal system must be approved, unless proven otherwise.' Asgari complained of foreign and domestic reporting that the two were mere boys. 'Instead of paying tribute to the action of the judiciary, the media are mentioning the age of the hanged criminals and creating a commotion that harms the interests of the state,' the member of the Majlis Legal Affairs Committee said. 'Even if certain websites made a reference to their age, journalists should not pursue this. These individuals were corrupt. Their sentence was carried out with the approval of the judiciary and it served them right.' "

Consensual gay sex in any form is punishable by death in the Islamic Republic of Iran. According to the website Age of Consent, which monitors such laws around the world, in Iran "Homosexuality is illegal, those charged with love-making are given a choice of four deathstyles: being hanged, stoned, halved by a sword, or dropped from the highest perch. According to Article 152, if two men not related by blood are discovered naked under one cover without good reason, both will be punished at a judge's discretion. Gay teens (Article 144) are also punished at a judge's discretion. Rubbing one's penis between the thighs without penetration (tafheed) shall be punished by 100 lashes for each offender. This act, known to the English-speaking world as 'frottage,' is punishable by death if the 'offender' is a non-Muslim. If frottage is thrice repeated and penalty-lashes have failed to stop such repetitions, upon the fourth 'offense' both men will be put to death. According to Article 156, a person who repents and confesses his gay behavior prior to his identification by four witnesses, may be pardoned. Even kissing 'with lust' (Article 155) is forbidden. This bizarre law works to eliminate old Persian male-bonding customs, including common kissing and holding hands in public." And Outrage, in its release about the gay teens' execution, noted that, "according to Iranian human rights campaigners, over 4000 lesbians and gay men have been executed since the Ayatollahs seized power in 1979. Last August, a 16-year-old girl , [Atefeh Rajabi] was hanged [in the Caspian port of Neka] for 'acts incompatible with chastity,' [i.e., sex before marriage]."

In the case of the two teens hanged in Mashhad, "They admitted having gay sex (probably under torture) but claimed in their defense that most young boys had sex with each other and tdhat they were not aware that homosexuality was punishable by death," according to the ISNA report as translated by OutRage. "Prior to their execution, the gay teenagers were held in prison for 14 months and severely beaten with 228 lashes. The length of their detention suggests that they committed the so-called offenses more than a year earlier, when they were possibly around the age of 16."

"Ruhollah Rezazadeh, the lawyer of the younger of the two boys, had appealed that he was too young to be executed and that the court should take into account his tender age (believed to be 16 or 17). But the Supreme Court in Tehran Ordered him to be hanged." The Iranian authorities are putting out a cover story that the two boys had participated in the rape of a 12-year-old, but OutRage affirms from its sources that this accusation is a smokescreen for inhuman conduct and is without foundation. However, the Murdoch press (e.g., the Times of London) is putting about the Iranian government's story as a virtual statement of fact. But there is no mention of this Iranian government accusation in the original ISNA report, otherwise quite detailed.-- which rather suggests it's a recent invention.

Left-click on the third photo above and look at the enlarged version, which shows the younger of the two adolescents weeping as he faces the end of his young life. Then, if you would like to protest the barbaric hanging of these two lads to whom nature gave same-sex hearts, be aware that, while the U.S. has no diplomatic relations with Iran, there is an Iranian embassy in Canada. You may write, telephone, or fax the Iranian ambassador in Canada:

Ambassador Seyed Mouhammad Ali Moosavi, Embassy of Iran, 245 Metcalfe St., Ottawa, Ontario .K2P 2K2 Canada Telephone (OO1-613- 235-4726, 233-4726; Fax, 233-5712

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and don't get caught with 22.Jul.2005 11:11

any Judy Garland records either -rAT

Iran's always been this way. They actually DO give Islam a bad name. Best to leave them be, in the 15th Century. Going to war with these assholes will make Iraq look like Pee-Wee's Playhouse. The public lynching of gay people betrays a nation ruled by irrational bloodthirsty automatons. Where's Mr. "Human Rights" Putin on Iran's genocide program for gays? He keeps loading them up with Nuclear technology and missles. Iran is not worth one dead American soldier.

Iranian Interests Section in US 22.Jul.2005 11:26


Iran does have an Interests Section (basically the same as an embassy)in the US sponsored by the Pakistan Embassy in Washington, DC.

Contact info is Address:

2209 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007
Tel: (202) 965-4990
Fax: (202) 965-1073
Office Hours:
Monday through Friday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Their Web site (includes an English version) is www.daftar.org

The future of "The New Iraq" 22.Jul.2005 11:54

Crystal Ballgown

Now that the neocons have handed the future government of Iraq over to the Shi'ite clerical hierarchy, I predict that we will soon see similar outrages there as well.Thanks to Bush, the theocrats are really feeling their oats now, in Iran, in Iraq, and guess what...in America, too.

In Common 22.Jul.2005 13:46

Den Mark, Vancouver

Neo-cons & the ayatollahs have a LOT in common.

I'm not sure how much this would help, but... 22.Jul.2005 16:55

Scotty B.

Okay, assume for a minute that America's government wasn't ran by crazy, blood-thristy neo-conservatives.

If this was the case, I think a good...well, it's not a solution, really, but a good thing to do regarding countries like Iran would be to allow more refugees/asylum seekers from those countries into our country. Asylum seekers that want to come to this country on the basis of being persecuted in Iran or other countries because of their sexual orientation, gender, religion, etc. The US government could actually try to do something to *help* these people. Also, maybe we could use our worldwide propaganda network for something other than capitalist, pro-America broadcasting. Maybe we could do broadcasting on social diversity and acceptance.

Of course, again, we'd have to change our own government around first. At the rate we're going right now, homosexuality will probably be a capital crime in Texas by 2008...

I do feel really bad about this. Religion should never be used an excuse for the oppression or murder of someone. Those teenagers in Iran didn't do anything wrong. I first saw this story on Al-Jazeera, so I know it's probably accurate.

this is why they call me an 23.Jul.2005 22:30


Anybody anywhere in the world who wants to relocate anywhere else should be able to.

Nationalism is evil.

Special "asylum" for specific protected groups should not be necessary.

Don't be fooled 24.Jul.2005 16:20

Dr Strange

Who knows what the history books mention as far as this type of horrible punishment prior to 1979 (4000 since then)? But please people let's not think that with a kind U.s government we could allow more of these people into Amerika to escape these conditions! Think real hard about who overthrew the democratically elected president of Iran in 1979 and put in the Ayatollah---the U.s government! So what would Iran have been like today without the last 30 years of dictatorship thanks to U.s.....probably alot more compassionate.

er, that's not quite 24.Jul.2005 19:49

how it happened

The U.S. installed the Shah in the '50s -- or something like that. The Islamic revolution in '79 was a rebellion against the Shah.



(interesting note: his secret service (savak) was involved in the rfk asassination bigtime. google about for more info.

I hate Iran because Israel wants me to hate Iran 26.Jul.2005 00:40

Matthew Shepherd

we should kill their leaders, invade their countries, and convert them to Christianity.

ISNA responds another view... 26.Jul.2005 10:09

Abdullah R.I.P.

The news agency of Iran suggest, that the two persons(hung in peace) have raped a thirteen year old boy by giving him alcohol and drugs. The verdict tell the story of neo-conservatism of western civilisation would suggest the same treasure to them as an proliferatic choice to abandon rapeist into their violent penetration corner og hate. R.I.P.

unbelievable 27.Jul.2005 12:52


I can't believe that most of these comments are about politics and not about how two YOUNG HUMAN BEINGS were murdered! It's news like this that make me ashamed of belonging to the same human race as those that murder innocent children.

hanging of teens 31.Jul.2005 17:42


Primative, barberic and sad.

in the end 02.Aug.2005 08:26


god bless theoes bois souls for fighting for who they are and being killed lets stop th hate and keep other man-kind safe prayers go out to the family of the 2 bois

ugh... 06.Aug.2005 14:15


This is just sick and wrong...I spew on all who persecute gays...


Gosh, I am getting so sick and tired of people saying that being gay is wrong. No I don't necessarily like it, but at least I understand that it's not a choice...

Bloody sick 07.Aug.2005 09:05

Gareth Carter gareth8182@hotmail.co.uk

As a human being i am sick to my somach to think that two young men have been killed in such a way as a gay man myself i hate to think of the things that would happen to me if i was living in that country. Its 2005 u sick ppl get with the times and get real,it dont matter if ya gay str8 or whatever.........do things like that to the ppl who need it done to them like ppl who touch kids or rape woman. may thoes young lads rest in peace and my the ppl who done this rot in hell for the murder of innocent young men

And they allow honor killings too 07.Aug.2005 18:59


This is the same government that allows the killing of a woman who has been *raped*! I'm not that amazed at something like this happening. It sickens me, but these people who call themselves Muslim will do anything and bring disgrace to their religion.

Such a sad tragedy! 11.Aug.2005 07:26

Jorn Kosm jeloen@yahoo.com

After I heard this story about the two Iranian boys, I made a little altar/memoration sign in my town of birth for these youngsters. Two days later when I returned, my little monument had completely disappaired. I live in The Netherlands a democratic country which accepts gay marriage since 1998, can you believe it? I made another sign, a double heart, I left out the commemoration text this time. I hope its still there. Because I left home to Delft afterwards. I had a relation with an Iranian girl for two years, I am very good friends with an Iranian family. I cannot believe these things happen in their home-country. For me personally this is a bigger tragedy than 9/11.

Neo-Cons? 22.Aug.2005 13:44

Bryan bak@kc.rr.com

Simply by blaiming this on the "Crazy neo-cons" of America is completely and utterly ridiculouse. The Iranian government is free to do what they choose; and whether or not that is wrong to us doesn't matter. You can't say that the American Gov't did this; nor can you say the American Gov't is responsible for everything that happens in the world. I know its a popular theme, "Bad America, bad world police, you stupid bullies," however, the fact still remains that Iran has its own government and its own rules. Before the "Crazy Neo-Cons" came into power it was still that way, and honestly allowing more refugees into America would benefit neither country. The only thing it would do is save maybe 500 lives, because honestly Iran could just execute anyone who tried to leave their country.

Sure the U.N would bitch and moan about it, but what true military action has the United Nations taken since Rwanda? And how long did it take them before they actually acted. Not to mention the fact that the United Nations grossly undermanned, and under funded the operation in Rwanda. The simple fact is the United Nations could never do anything to stop Iran. Iran has the power of oil, and oil is the black gold after all.

The sad fact is..this happens, because human nature allows it to happen.

There is no true "moral" and efficient way of taking care of an atrocity like this.

(I am outraged by this, but really what can I do?) Debating politics sure as hell won't get anything done in a country half way across the world.

horrible 26.Aug.2005 01:19


this story is making me very upset, and i pray for those two boys. their only crime was feeling passion and affection for another human being--what a crime. i also pray for the people who put these two boys to death, so that they may someday see the error of their ways and pray for forgiveness from god for taking the life of another human being in the supposed name of god.

sickening and sad.

Where is the humanity gone? 02.Sep.2005 16:21

a concerned human being frustrated_and_confused_in_vt@yahoo.com

I've been sitting here reading a lot of the comments on this story and quite a few people havent even hit on the true point of this story. Two young men were murdered just for being themselves. If being gay in Iran is illegal and punnishable by death then I thank God I am not in Iran. Bastards have no right to judge innocent people, hold them for months, beat them, torture them then murder them. What does it matter if the boys were gay? It doesnt affect anyone else's lives so why is it such a big deal? My children see gay men and women and it doesnt even bother them because they know that its ok. And no I'm not a hypocrite, if one of my children tells me that he or she is gay then I'm fine with it. Those boys did nothing wrong and did not deserve to die. As Gareth Carter stated in his post, the ones that deserve that treatment are rapist, pedophiles, child killers. Let them hang for their real crimes.

I Am Sorry For My Country! 18.Nov.2005 07:26


If I wanna introduce my country, I should say : Iran is a paradise possesed by demens.
I love my country but I am really sorry for it
I hope we can get our freedom someday and live on the way we like.