Appeal: No Death Penalty for Same-Sex Orientation

“No to homophobia and transphobia” – silent protest in a bus in Iran.

Demands of the ISHR

Immediate end of prosecution due same-sex orientation and annulation of the respective articles of the Iranian criminal code.  Iran is obligated to do so by legally binding international agreements such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – the most important of all human rights treaties. It prohibits all forms of discrimination, and was signed by Iran on April 4, 1968 and ratified on June 24, 1974.

No intrusion of government authorities into the privacy of citizens through secret services and governmental Islamic militias, e.g. surveillance of Facebook, emails, chats etc., or through threats, arbitrary arrest etc.

No further state incitement against people of same-sex orientation.


Appeal against the Prosecution of Same-Sex Orientation

Please write to the Iranian head of state, Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei, to the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, and to the embassies of Iran: Demand the immediate end of prosecution based on same-sex orientation. It is also possible to submit your appeal by phone. Please do not write on behalf of a specific prisoner – each admission of homosexuality has fatal consequences!


Your Excellency,

I am writing to draw your attention to the systematic persecution of same-sex partnerships in Iran.  Discrimination against human beings - including due to their sexual orientation – violates international legal norms in a number of ways.  This includes violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, a legally binding treaty under international law, which Iran ratified in 1974 and has committed to multiple times before the United Nations.

Both Iran and Islam have long traditions of tolerance.  The research of Islamic scholars showed that there is no evidence for persecution, and certainly not for public executions, of gay people in the Islamic cultural sphere from 800 to 1800.  Rather, Islam produced its own homoerotic culture.  Many scholars of Islam consider homophobia to be an import of the Western world.

I call on you to support the fulfillment of all contractual obligations under international law, to which Iran has committed itself to and ratified.  This includes ending the prosecution of people based on same-sex orientation, the protection of the privacy of citizens, and an end to all incitement against gay men and women.  Every citizen of Iran must be able to enjoy the same rights in practice, and have the ability to partake in the ‘pursuit of happiness’.



Appeal Addresses

Please write directly or via the respective Iranian embassy in your country with the request to forward it

"Supreme Leader" Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme Leader Islamic Republic
Shahid Keshvar Doust Street ,
Islamic Republic of Iran
Tel : +98 21 64412020
Fax: +98 21 64412030
eMail :

President Hassan Rohani

His Excellency Hassan Rohani
The Presidency
Palestine Avenue Azerbaijan Intersection
Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: +98 21 64454811

Head of the Human Rights Council of the Iranian judiciary and one of the main advisors of the "Supreme Leader" Khamenei
Mohammad Javad Larijani
Secretary General , High Council for Human Rights
Howzeh Riassat - e Ghoveh Ghazaiyeh
Pasteur St , Vali Asr Ave. ,
South of Serah - e Jomhuri
Tehran 1316814737
Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: 0098-21-3390 4986