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October 04, 2005


Iran_tidmus_poster_1_stop_killing The Iran Student News Association has just released a new photo of the two gay teens -- one 18, one 17 -- hanged in the Iranian city of Mashad on July 19 as part of the Islamic Republic of Iran's lethal crackdown on gay people. This new photo, below, is even more gruesome and shocking than the previous photos of the two boys on the scaffold, and here it is:Iran_hanging_outrage_2

You can see a larger version of the photo above by clicking on it. The two boys were charged by the Islamic Republic of Iran with "rape" -- but multiple testimonies from inside the city of Mashad and from gay Iranian activists and journalists inside Iran received and reported by me make it clear that the "rape" charge against these two hanged boys was trumped up by the government as part of its lethal anti-gay pogrom against gay people. Iran's hanging of these two youths was illegal under international law, because the alleged "rape" with which they were charged is supposed to have occurred when both boys were under 18 -- and Iran is signatory to two international treaties by which it is committed not to execute minor children. Moreover, the two boys were held in prison for over a year, tortured, and probably raped by prison guards and police before their execution.

This anti-gay crackdown is part of the crusade against "moral corruption" promised by Iran's newly-elected President Ahmadinejad in his election campaign. This wave of anti-gay repression includes torture, forced confessions, beatings, lashings -- and a wide-ranging campaign of Internet entrapment of gay Iranians,  extensively described in my September 20 interview with Amir -- a 22-year-old gay Iranian torture victim who escaped to Turkey in August. In it, Amir recounts his arrest in a far-flung government Internet entrapment campaign targeting gays, his beating and torture at the hands of the police and the 100 lashes he was sentenced to just for being gay (this interview also includes stomach-turning photos of Amir's injuries). You can read this interview, which has now been republished world-wide, by clicking here. 

For background on the new wave of anti-gay repression in Iran, see my previous articles: July 21 -- Iran Executes Two Gay Teenagers (Updated); August 11 -- Iran Sources Question Rape Charges in Teen Executions; August 12 -- Two New Gay Executions Scheduled in Iran, Says Iranian Exile Group; August 17 -- Iran's Deadly Anti-Gay Crackdown: With Two More Executions Scheduled, the Pace of Repression Steps Up.August 25 -- Iran's Anti-Gay Purge Grows: Reports of New Executions. September 8 -Iran and the Death of Gay Activism. September 20 -- "They'll Kill Me" -- A Gay Iranian Torture Victim Speaks of His Ordeal


The posters used in this post were created by Mike Tidmus, a gay artist living in Amsterdam, who has offered them as his contribution to the global protests against Iran's anti-gay pogrom. You can download them from Mike's website by clicking here.

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Roshea, you are such a complete and utter ignorant moron. Can we move beyond the Obama is a socialist smear because it's just getting old. When Clinton advocated universal healthcare, were you also calling him a socialist and Hitler? I bet you were. In Europe, all the capitalist countries have universal healthcare, so are you going to tell me they are socialist? Dumbass.

Second of all, I am gay and I have NEVER EVER touched a child or lusted after a child, ok? I am safer to have around your children than some horny heterosexual male or female teacher! Pedophiles and homosexuals are totally different things, ok? Get an education. You are a typical conspiracy theorist with bogus claims about Hitler associating with homosexuals when he actually killed them and gassed them. Yes, he had a few gays in his cabinet but he ended up killing them too. and for your information, George Soros is pro-gay marriage and pro gay period! Liberals don't turn on one another. Thats for you fundie Republicans to do with one another. You turn your back on all of those hypocrites in your party who are closet homos or who cheated on their wives, but you support them from the beginning until you find out their "sins". Some Christian love that is! If you don't like what America is becoming, why don't you just move?? I mean, this wasn't a christian nation when your ancestors came here destroying Native American culture and forcing your violent religion on them! I mean, if it bothers you so much to have a black prez wanting to impart social justice and help the poor make a better life for themselves, then move! You whites have had your time in the spotlight long enough. You have lynched blacks and kept slaves, all while worshipping Jesus. You kept women in shackles as well and you want to oppress homosexuals for something that we cannot control or change. Just pack up your things and move to another country or form your own country on some deserted island and keep your medieval superstitious religion to yourself. You sound just as bad and intolerant as the islamic fundamentalists! You should move to Iran.

Posted by: Chris | Jan 13, 2010 1:28:32 AM

Something Americans who support Heterosexual Agenda, and loathe the sad, pathetic, dead future of the Homo's that prey on children to destroy their minds, hearts, and lives, without thought except to pursue their own lusts, but don't consider the cost when the teens turn to drugs, alcohol, addictive lifestyles that destroy their souls, and any homosexual knows what I am talking about don't act like you don't, and this is what you want to spread? Haven't you learned that your disease is destruction. How even George Soros' laughs at the homo agenda and Obama because your being used to destroy a nation, but like all Socialist they turn on those they use. Don't believe me. Learn. Watch what Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao did with homo's. First used them then destroyed them once their objective was reached. Think Obama cares? Huh, he cares about using people like stepping stones to achieve his goals. He has proven that with the poor blacks, and hispanic/latins, and now they are waking up to the find Obama has left them far behind. George Soros is the inspiration behind the agenda, anyone knows this who reads about him. He is using homo's to destroy America because he hates America. He doesn't hide this fact. Look on his web sites he even admits it, how does it feel to be used?

Posted by: RosheaR | Dec 21, 2009 11:25:17 AM

Kill people this way is so cruel.

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