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Iran sentences two lesbian LGBT activists to death

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Zahra Sedighi Hamedani, de 31 anos, foi condenada à morte.

Zahra Sedighi Hamedani, from 24 years, was sentenced to death.| Photo: Disclosure NGO 6Rang

Two lesbians and LGBT activists accused of promoting homosexuality were sentenced to death in Will. Zahra Sedighi Hamedani, from 31 years old, and Elham Chubdar, of

, were judged by a court in the city of Urmía, in the northwest of the country, as reported by the Kurdish human rights organization Hengaw.

According to the NGO, the young women were also accused of “promoting the Christian religion” and having contacted a vehicle from the media opposing the Iranian government.

The Judicial Authority confirmed that they were convicted of “spreading corruption on Earth” – a charge often imposed on defendants deemed to have infringed the country’s sharia laws. It is the most serious charge in the Iranian penal code.

Another woman faces the same charges and is also in detention. This is Soheila Ashrafi, from 52 years old, born in Urmía. The sentence has not yet been rendered in her case.

Shadi Amin, coordinator of the Iranian LGBT rights organization 6Rang, based in Germany, confirmed the sentences. “We now ask Germany and other foreign governments to put pressure” on Iran for the activists’ release. This is the first time a woman has been sentenced to death in Iran because of her sexual orientation,” she said.

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