Life as an LGBT individual (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender) is very precarious in Iran. They face permanent exclusion and hostility coupled with constant fear of attacks by authorities, as well as religious indoctrination which is responsible for dictating the death penalty for homosexuality. These result in isolation and a strong disregard for the human rights of the individuals concerned.
Gay men and women who have been arrested in Iran must constantly deny their sexuality; a confession has catastrophic consequences. In fact, those in custody try to take action against such an accusation with the help of lawyers, not to be ‘slandered’ as gay – which is the only option to contradict the accusation. Therefore, appeals for a specific prisoner is not only unhelpful, but can also be harmful. Hence, the appeals of the ISHR are worded in general terms. Please join us in this effort.