11Feb 2018

It is with great sadness that we heard of the death of Ms. Asma Jahangir, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran. She passed away on February 11, 2018, and defenders of human rights, particularly those in Iran, mourn her death. Iranian society lost one of the most vocal champions of its rights, […]

02Mar 2017

A senior official says referrals from queer Iranians decreased to prioritize Syrian refugees By Dylan C Robertson Mar 02, 2017, 5:48 PM EST Resource: dailyxtra.com“We have a refugee policy that is first and foremost informed by vulnerability,”  Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says about Canada choice to prioritize Syrian refugees. Credit: ahussen.liberal.ca Canada’s federal immigration department […]

09Feb 2017

MPs concerned about stagnating refugee arrivals amid Trump’s executive order By Dylan C Robertson Feb 09, 2017, 3:44 PM EST Resource: dailyxtra.com   A parliamentary committee could soon probe why Canada suddenly started turning away LGBT Iranians seeking asylum, Xtra has learned. The move comes as members of Parliament express confusion over why a famed […]

03Feb 2017

Canadian government has stopped accepting LGBT Iranian refugees to prioritize Syrian refugees By Dylan C Robertson Feb 03, 2017, 7:44 PM EST Resource: dailyxtra.com Mitra’s sanctuary is a mouldy basement in Turkey’s conservative heartland. The microbiology student’s life in northern Iran came crashing down in the summer of 2014, when she was outed as a […]

16Jun 2016

49 individual’s life is lost and won’t be lived.   They lost their life out of no fault, or choice of their own. They died not in a rally, or a battlefield, or an accident; they were not ill. They were healthy and happy, enjoying a moment of joy; they were not celebrating anyone’s death, […]

22May 2016

On May 17, IRQO website’s editor-in-chief, Vafa Mehrayeen, wrote in his article “Internal Homophobia Emerging Out of Social Structures”, how Internal Homophobia hurts the LGBT from within the community. Mehrayeen mentions George Weinberg and his book Society And The Healthy Homosexual, quoting the author that it is actually those who feel hatred against Homosexuals and […]

22May 2016

On May 17, Ismael Fattahi, Iran’s Labor Movement Activist, in his article “On the Importance of The Day Against Homophobia” posted on IRQO website, wrote that it is indeed important to fight homophobia within Iran’s civil movements. He elaborated on the Penal Code and punishments embedded in Sharia law against individual gays and lesbians in […]