Index Number: MDE 13/058/2013
Date Published: 20 December 2013
IRQO joined Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and IGLHRC in an open letter to President Hassan Rouhani of Iran to express their concerns about the government sanctioned systematic persecution of citizens perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
In this open letter, human rights and civil society organizations express their concern at the continuing and systematic state persecution of individuals perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. For at least the past decade, the authorities have used articles of the Islamic Penal Code criminalizing consensual same-sex sexual relations, along with other laws and regulations governing dress, public conduct, online communications, public employment, and the press and publications to target individuals based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation and/or gender identity, or even based on their opinions about these issues.
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