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‘Gay’ executions imminent in Iran, claims Amnesty

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  1. Doubtless all those “moderate” Muslims supporting the Arch Druid in his call for Sharia in the UK will remain silent on this story.Indeed, they remain silent on just about every vile cruelty inflicted by Islamic nations using Sharia, UNLESS its a case where the wicked west is perecuting Muslims!Muslims of all variety, I’m afraid to say, suffer from schizophrenia when dealing with their own crimes against humanity.

  2. Bill Perdue 8 Feb 2008, 5:10pm

    I look forward to the day when Iranian trade unionists, revolutionaries, GLBT folks, women and others overthrow the superstition guided Ayatollahs. What will hopefully follow in the great traditions of the American, French, Russian and Cuban revolutions is that these murdering ayatollahs will be given fair trials and have their brains blown out. (Or guillotined, it’ll save on bullets in case they’re attacked by oil pirates.) I hope that’s not too ‘over the top’ for religion lovers. I just think that it’s healthy for a revolutionary government to wreak revenge on the worst cases and to make it crystal clear what will happen if their crimes are repeated.

  3. OMAR KUDDUS 8 Feb 2008, 5:13pm

    The Home Office and State Minister, Yes, you are correct in saying that the Islamic Republic of Iran is safe for Homosexuals, which you regularly deport.By sending homosexuals back you and the British government is no better tan putting the nose or bag over the unfortunate souls who ultimately are killed for their sexuality.Iran always trumps up charges to justify the execution, despite non-substantiated statements by “victims” that their “confessions” were made under duress and harassment/ torture. The method of execution is reserved for homosexuals as it causes the most pain and how can the rest of the civilized worlds population and especially the gay community sit back and condone such barbaric actions and executions.I only pray that some will finally make a stand and let their respective governments and legal representatives (MPs and Congressmen) see and hear their disgust and make their feelings heard.

  4. OMAR KUDDUS 8 Feb 2008, 5:24pm

    THIS IS HOMOSEXUALITY IRANIAN STYLE:The Islamic Republic of Iran is persecuting homosexuals, dissidents and free thinkers, and carrying out political crimes towards them. Homosexual relationships in Iran are considered a crime liable to sadistic corporal punishment and the death sentence. On January 23rd, 2008, Hamzeh Chavi and Loghman Hamzehpour, two homosexual young men of 18 and 19, were arrested in Sardasht, in Iranian Azerbaijan. The authorities use physical and psychological torture to obtain confessions from people who fall into their hands, and the two young men admitted to being in love and having a relationship. Their confession was enough for the Islamic court to commit them to trial with two very serious charges: Mohareb, the crime of those who are “enemies of Allah” and Lavat, sodomy. Iranian criminal law envisages the gallows for homosexuals, who are considered “enemies of Allah”. Nevertheless, there are many moderate political and religious figures in Iran who would like to change things and prevent the loss of so many innocent lives. On December 5th, 2007 an innocent Iranian boy was martyred by the Teheran regime and then murdered on the scaffold. From all over the world, in answer to the campaign for the life of Makwan Moloudzadeh – promoted by EveryOne Group – thousands of believers and non-believers sent red and white flowers to President Ahmadinejad and the Iranian judges: red, in an attempt to avoid the spilling of innocent blood; white to implore his executioners to spare the life of yet another blameless condemned man. This vast international campaign served only to delay an execution, which had already been decided. Today Makwan is the symbol of the martyrdom of the many innocent victims of a ruthless regime. Let us also remember Pegah Emambakhsh, the Iranian lesbian woman who is still waiting for the result of her appeal in the United Kingdom, and who risks being deported to Iran, where torture and stoning await her. EveryOne has received worrying news from the United Kingdom, where the Court of Appeal does not appear inclined to grant Pegah political asylum – in defiance of all the international conventions. Pegah is crushed by the attitude of the British Government and has told us she is tired of fighting, she is reluctant to appear in the newspapers and no longer believes in what Anne Frank defined as “man’s inner goodness”.We have to be ready to raise a chorus of protest, throughout the world, in order to stop the hand of the executioner and his accomplices.That is why we are asking you to devote a few minutes of your time to this petition; add your signature and send a protest to all the addresses listed below, because many human lives, the concept of justice itself and the value of human rights are at stake here..Thanks to xXEspirituXx for the main part of this video about Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni homicide.We can all sit back and do nothing, or make a difference. The choice and power to save fellow homosexuals from fates such as these are in your hands.

  5. Robert, ex-pat Brit 8 Feb 2008, 6:17pm

    Omar, I’m frequently emailing MPs and Congressmen alike about the awful situation in Iran and elsewhere. Sadly, the majority of western Gays do nothing and some don’t care, they express shock and anger but other than that, they sit back like the rest of the straights because it doesn’t affect them directly. Stonewall is no different, a classic example of indifference. One day, its going to catch up with them in some form or other. Karma has an odd way at coming back at us.

  6. William - Dublin 8 Feb 2008, 6:27pm

    “I just think that it’s healthy for a revolutionary government to wreak revenge on the worst cases and to make it crystal clear what will happen if their crimes are repeated.”So this is your tolerance, is it? A revolution with results in beheading. I have no love of intolerant religious leaders, but be damned I will sink to this level of spouting murder simply because they spout it.Bill and his demands for equality…. obtained by preaching the murder those who object to our rights. Sounds familiar. You wouldn’t be an Ayatollah, now, would you Bill?You, Bill, are a classic example of the oppressed becoming the oppressors, and I hope the majority of the LGBT community are more based in reality than you distasteful remarks of murder.

  7. Omar Kuddus 8 Feb 2008, 8:07pm

    Robert, ex-pat Brit in regards to your comment of 02.08.08 – 6:17 pm , it is good to see others also standing up for the rights and physical wellbeing of fellow human beings and homosexuals who are not as fortunate as us or have the laws of the land to fall back upon. It is true, that sadly, a large proportion of the gay community ignores the plights of others, especially in foreign countries, as it does not directly affect them, other than in shock value, personally. There are no major organisations that make a stand, and if you belong to Gays without borders, you shall have noticed this (the Iran issue) had been brought up some time ago. In regards to Stonewall, though they do an excellent job, in what they chose to do, in the last decade they have become more and more selective in what they deal with and which subject or individuals plights that they are prepared to support. One wonders if this is not to upset their political standing and kudos that they seem to have achieved with the government, and I personally find it alarming that they are now being classified and represented as the voice of the majority of gay individuals and what we seem to want and desire. Which in fact is far from the truth. It is alarming also that Ben, who is a member of the EUCH has not demanded that the chairman, due to his religious and homophobic beliefs has not resigned. Furthermore since its establishment they have not tackled a single gay issue or supported any that clearly breaches national and international standards, by choosing to either keep silent or ignore multiple requests and communications, from the complainants Karma does have a way of biting or rather coming back, and the days when the majority of homosexuals and individuals were prepared to keep quite, accept the crumbs thrown at us, or not stand up for our rights are far from over. There are too many individuals, groups and activists that are no longer prepared to sit at the back of the bus, but stand up and be counted for our beliefs, and kill the monopoly that seems to exist at present, where our voices are not heard.It is refreshing to see that you too constantly be a thorn in the side of MP’s and Congressmen, ( and if you do not mind, copy me these,)as sometimes numbers and multiple requests and comments draw an more positive response, via my official email address. Ps. Has anyone got any ideas of how to run or organise appeal/ drive to get obsolete laptops (that basically have internet and word program access, irrespective of the processors,) as we need / feel that it would be beneficial to provide clients with these so that they may keep in touch, with us and other organisations?

  8. Omar Kuddus 8 Feb 2008, 10:04pm

    an appeal:’Gay’ executions imminent in Iran, claims AmnestyAmnesty International has warned that two men may soon be executed by being thrown off a cliff, an Islamic punishment for homosexual sex. Tayyeb Karimi and Yazdan (surname unknown) were sentenced to death by the judge, who stipulated they be thrown from a height.”Iran’s Penal Code states in Article 109 that both men involved in same-sex penetrative (anal) or non-penetrative sex will be punished,” PLEASE APPEAL TO SAVE THESE POOR UNFORTUNATE HOMOSEXUAL MENS LIVES AS EVERY PROTEST CAN AND DOES COUNT.APPEALS TO:Head of the JudiciaryAyatollah Mahmoud Hashemi ShahroudiMinistry of Justice,Ministry of Justice Building,Panzdah-Khordad Square,Tehran,Islamic Republic of IranEmail: info@dadgostary-tehran.ir (In the subject line write: FAOAyatollah Shahroudi)Salutation: Your ExcellencyCOPIES TO:Leader of the Islamic RepublicHis Excellency Ayatollah Sayed`Ali KhameneiThe Office of the Supreme LeaderIslamic Republic Street -Shahid Keshvar Doust Street,Tehran,IslamicRepublic of IranEmail: info@leader.irSalutation: Your ExcellencyGovernor of Fars provinceSeyyed Mohammad Reza RezazadeGovernorate of Fars (Ostandari-ye Ostan-e Fars)Emam Khomeini SquareShiraz, 71348-58888, Islamic Republic of IranEmail: m-h-ostandar@farsp.ir, m-siasi@farsp.ir, info@farsp.irSalutation: Dear GovernorAnd also to diplomatic representatives of Iran accredited to yourcountry. PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. The British Government and the Home Office regularly returns and send back Asylum seekers from Iran stating that they can live a discreet safe life, which is far from the truth as has been demonstrated time and time again, and is to be proved again.Those who live in The UK please send a copy to your local MP and also to the Home Secretary (smithj@parliament.gov.uk, Byrnel@oarliment.gov.uk) and McnultyT@parliament.co.uk, The Foreign Minister of State, Milibandd@parliament.gov.uk. and the Prime minister (10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA) Please state and show your disgust that Britain still allows and condones such actions, especially to homosexuals, who are no more than kids and that such actions are against International Law.I implore you to please do this now, and save a fellow human beings life, including the link to: 2X_mWEqsFor it is merely by chance that you yourself were not born in their shoes and suffering a similar fate.

  9. Bill Perdue 9 Feb 2008, 8:27pm

    Omar, we copied the information as soon as it appeared on the Gays Without Borders site to some of the larger blog sites here. Some of them had picked it up on their own from Gays Without Borders,Doug Ireland or your site. The problem is the news of this latest round of murders came on short notice and there really hasn’t been time to mount much of a campaign. These murdering ayatollahs seem to be ramping up their campaign to murder GLBT folk, trade unionists, students and women.

  10. Robert Jones 3 Mar 2008, 10:05am

    Being gay is an abomination in Islam, Christianity and Judaism. The penalty is death in all of the above religions. If someone wants to putt from the rough then they should just stay out of these countries. If you want people to respect homosexuality, then respect cultures that throw homosexuals off of cliffs by not living there. If you’re gay and living in Iran – move.Seriously, how hard is this to understand?

  11. Robert Jones 3 Mar 2008, 10:08am

    Here, this is no different than what US Soldiers think of cute puppies. Why don’t we all write some appeals to George Bush about this:

  12. Sister Mary Clarence 3 Mar 2008, 1:10pm

    Thank you for raising the level of debate there Robert.

  13. There is one Jewish country in the world, Israel, and gays have rights there comparable with Western Europe.In notionally Christain Western Europe, the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and many other countries, the separation of Church and State allows gays to live freely.In every islamic country (bar Turkey), there is no separation between mosque and State and gays are persecuted far worse there than with Christianity and Judaism (both of which seem to have grown up and discaded the more stupid bits of their religious books).Gays in islamic countries may not have the option of emigrating somewhere safe. Those that do should ditch the intolerant ideology that caused them to flee in the first place. The West gave sanctuary to those seeking political asylum from Communist countries during the Cold War. The difference is, those ex-communists did not immediately start propagating Communism in their new homeland and threatening all and sundry if anyone dared criticise the intolerant, backward ideology from which they had fled!Of course, there are some idiots (who have never lived under Communism) who view the whole thing through rose tinted spectacles and would like to impose a Marxist ideology where it is not wanted. Bizarrely, none of the ones in the West seem to want to emigrate to a Marxist utopia and prefer to whine about the evils of capitalism from a capitalist country.It’s simple. People are welcome to live in the West if they are willing to embrace it’s values. If you want Marxism, please feel free to go to North Korea, but don’t complain when there’s no social security, no freedom of speech and no food on the table. Oh and no gay rights either. If you want islam, there are 56 islamic states to choose from. Take your pick. But if you’re gay, don’t complain when the ideology which is so dear to you, stones you to death.

  14. Hi OmarDo you have a website for the organisation you work with? That might act as a useful point for people to make contact and offer assistance and support. I want to get involved in campaigning on the issue of gay rights abroad, but I don’t know quite how to do that.I have seen the YouTube video you linked to, and it is unimaginable the terror those young men experienced in the last few hours and minutes of their lives.I think that the first thing that needs to happen is to raise awareness in the gay community itself. I doubt if many are aware of the brutality that is happening in these countries. We are witnessing a holocaust here, and it’s not being reported.

  15. Bill Perdue 4 Mar 2008, 1:31am

    The only thing we need to know about the zionist apartheid state is what Desmond Tutu says about it. Tutu, no stranger to the fight for minority rights, is one of the few genuine supporters of the GLBT struggle for equality among religious leaders. In addition he’s fearless in his denunciation of islamophobic zionists and their apartheid state. In a BBC interview Tutu accused Israel of using apartheid policies against Palestinians. Tutu said he was “very deeply distressed” by a visit to Palestine because “it reminded me so much of what happened to us black people in South Africa”. In a Boston speech Tutu said he saw “the humiliation of the Palestinians at checkpoints and roadblocks, suffering like us when young white police officers prevented us from moving about”. Tutu said that the zionists “never get true security and safety through oppressing another people” and denied that he was anti-Semitic because he opposed zionist apartheid policies, knowing that shrieking islamophobes would accuse him of just that. Decades of murderous and brutal treatment of Palestinians by racist, islamophobic zionists, supported by the US and many EU member states created the desperation and hatred that led to 9-11 and other ferocious and unwarranted attacks on civilians by Al Qaida. Al Qaida, imitating the terrorist butchery of WWII bombings attacks on cities thought they could strike back by murdering innocent civilians. The result of Al Qaida’s stupidity and criminality can be seen in the genocidal carnage in Iraq. When GLBT refugees apply for asylum in England they’re given the cold shoulder by Conservative racists. Conservative MEP Roger Helmer, got the following appeal. “I am writing to you about a young Iranian student who is gay. He fled to the Netherlands because he was going to be deported by the Home Office back to Iran, where he would be executed for being gay, (his partner in Iran named him, and as a result I guess was executed). The Netherlands government is now going to deport him back to the UK where I am sure the Home Office will deport him. Everyone knows that gay men are executed in Iran and it is difficult seeing a case like this and, as an ordinary citizen, being powerless to do anything, I have e-mailed the appropriate office in the Netherlands – please can any of you do anything to help this young man? Is Britain’s acceptance of equality for gay men nothing more than a sham?”Helmer replied: “Dear Terry, the logic of your position is that all homosexuals from Iran, and from other strict Islamic countries, should be free to come to the UK and settle here. I am not sure that that is practical politics. There are a lot of tragic situations around the world: we cannot take responsibility for all of them. Best regards. ROGER HELMER”You can be sure that if conservative gay bashers and murderers like Mugabe fled to England with will their stolen millions to escape prosecution that Helmer and other Conservatives would welcome him with open arms. Not so surprising. Helmer is a typical islamophobic hater and like all Conservatives a hand puppet who take his cues from US Republicans. He recently met US conservatives and said “I have heard more about conservative values in one hour in Philadelphia than I have heard in years…”.

  16. Oh…that sounds just like Bangor, Maine. Except in Bangor, they throw the gay men off of bridges. And also – 2 men who killed this gay man:…DID happen 2 get 2 years in jail before they were released.And in 2006 a gay man was murdered UNDER a bridge in Bangor, Maine. They were apparently too lazy to carry him to the top of the bridge, so they just doused him with gasoline and set him on fire.Funny, you can’t even Google that up anymore.(It was only a homeless gay guy, you know…)Before people start poo-poo-ing other countries, I think they ought to take a good look at what goes on right in their own nasty back yards.

  17. Excuse me for a moment, UK.A year after man’s burning body found: ‘We’ll get this one solved’Mar 06 2007 Bangor Daily NewsSo that 34-year-old Trevor Paul Sprague doesn’t get forgotten.It was not easy to locate this information.More topical, an additional YouTube vid from Iraq: And the Iraqi-LGBT (UK) blog is located at: While I’m discriminating hard against collaborators with and supportors of the worldwide war criminal George W. (“The Wuss”) Bush – even if they are gay – I love gays, no matter where we live, and I’m fairly sure I will always be able to find ways to do a little bit to help, even if it is only to record their murder.

  18. Bill Perdue, you can call Israel a Zionist Apartheid all you want and the fact will still remain that there are no gays being hanged in Israel, so why even bring that country up in this discussion? Desmond Tutu also spoke against suicide bombings and by no means declared that a state of Israel should not exist, but that Israel should “strive for peace based on justice, based on withdrawal from all the occupied territories, and the establishment of a viable Palestinian state on those territories side by side with Israel, both with secure borders,”. Anyway, the problem is that Muslim countries view the West as a threat, it’s people as infidels and our world view as opposing theirs. I really don’t care if they feel that way rightly so, as one could argue. What I know is that while things are far from perfect for minorities in Western societies, I certainly don’t want to live, as a lesbian woman, in a society with the mindset Muslim countries have nowadays, especially in regards to their views on women and homosexuality. It’s time for Westerners to stop making excuses for the behavior of Muslim nations.

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