Iran: Rights groups slam death sentences for LGBTQ activists

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09/09/2022

Iran said this week that a court had sentenced to death two female gay rights activists for “spreading corruption on earth” — a charge frequently imposed on people deemed to have broken the country’s Shariah laws. The country’s official IRNA news agency reported that the two women, Zahra Sedighi Hamedani, 31, and Elham Chobdar, 24, “misused” women and girls in promising better training and job opportunities abroad — a reference to human trafficking. A revolutionary court in the country’s northwestern city of Urmia, some 600 kilometers (370 miles) northwest of the capital Tehran, handed down the death sentences. The women have the right to appeal. They were informed of the sentence while in detention in the women’s wing of the Urmia jail.

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