LGBT

Witness Statement of Siamak Ghaderi: Accounts from a Journalist in Evin Prison

Siamak Ghaderi, a journalist and blogger, was arrested in 2010 on charges of participating in post-election protests. In addition to receiving four years’ imprisonment, he was sentenced to 60 lashes after demonstrating that former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s claims that there were no homosexuals in Iran were false by publishing reports on gay Iranians. He recounts his trial and detention in this video. Watch video

Denied Identity: Human Rights Abuses Against Iran's LGBT Community

(November 7, 2013) - Since its inception, the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) has discriminated, in law and in practice, against its lesbian and gay population. While transgender Iranians are legally protected if they start the sex-change process, there is significant concern that gay and lesbian individuals could be unnecessarily encouraged to undergo sex-reassignment surgery. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Raha

In this Witness Statement, Raha, an Iranian lesbian, describes the ordeals she faced in school as well as the harsh treatment she received in her family. Raha, who lived with her uncle’s family, fled the home of her uncle after he caught Raha and her girlfriend as they were having sex. She subsequently left Iran. ... Read more

English Translation of Books I & II of the New Islamic Penal Code

(April 8, 2014) – The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) is pleased to release the first-ever comprehensive English translation of Book One and Book Two of the new Islamic Penal Code (IPC) of 2013 of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI). ... Read more

IHRDC's Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review

On March 15, 2014, the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) submitted an analysis of the new Islamic Penal Code of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) to the UN Universal Periodic Review. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Ako

In this Witness Statement, Ako, a gay Iranian, explains how his life was dramatically changed after his neighbor, a Revolutionary Guard officer, found a private video on Ako’s computer. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Radman

In his Witness Statement, Radman, a gay Iranian, discusses how he was extorted after his neighbor saw him and his partner having sexual relations. Radman also speaks about the process of obtaining an exemption from military service. ... Read more

Experts Predict: Iran Will Remain Deadly

Two reports indicate that despite a new president’s overtures to the contrary, Iran will remain a deadly place for LGBTs. ... Read more

Witness Testimony from Denied Identity: Human Rights Abuses Against Iran’s LGBT Community

Release of three complete witness testimonies from Denied Identity: Human Rights Abuses Against Iran’s LGBT Community ... Read more

Witness Statement of Milad

In this witness statement, Milad, a gay Iranian, explains how he was mistreated by Iranian authorities after being arrested at a party in which most guests were gay men. ... Read more

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