Gay Iranian man murdered by his own family members after being outed

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A 20-year-old gay man in Iran was murdered by members of his own family last week after being outed.

Alireza Fazeli-Monfared (pictured) knew he was in danger and had plans to flee Iran for Turkey where his boyfriend, a refugee, lives.

Sadly, he never made it. Last week, his own half-brother and cousins reportedly kidnapped and killed him after finding out he was gay.

Local group 6Rang reported the details of the man’s death in a statement.

The Iranian military had earlier rejected Fazeli-Monfared after discovering his homosexuality.

The military listed his sexual orientation on his official military exemption card.

But that card cost Fazeli-Monfared his life after members of Fazeli-Monfared’s family discovered it.

They then kidnapped him, murdered him and dumped his body outside of his city.

“The men accused of Alireza’s murder contacted his mother on Wednesday [May 5],” 6Rang explained.

“[They] informed her that she could find her son’s dead body laying at the foot of a palm tree.

“Alireza’s mother is, understandably, in a state of shock.

“She is suffering an immense amount of grief because of the death of her only child. [She] has been hospitalized as a result.

“Alireza’s partner, who currently lives in Turkey, has informed 6rang that all three men associated with the murder have been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.”

Activist group condemns homophobia after murder of gay Iranian

Under Iranian law, same-sex relations are illegal and punishable by death or life imprisonment.

Horrific so-called “honour killings” occur in some countries after a victim is perceived to bring “shame” or “dishonour” upon their family.

Iran requires all its male citizens above the age of 18 to enlist in military service.

However, the military exempts gay men and transgender women on the basis of “mental disorders” and “sexual depravities.”

6rang also slammed the military for “outing” Fazeli-Monfared by listing his homosexuality on the official exemption card.

They say the cards facilitate discrimination by law enforcement, judicial officials, education officials, and employers.

6rang vowed to “work tirelessly” to ensure there is a thorough investigation and fair trial into Alireza’s murder.

“We will continue the work of bringing the cultural and legal roots of this evil in Iranian society to light,” the group said.

“6rang calls upon everyone to utilide this horrendous tragedy as motivation to make long overdue demands and inquiries into the human rights abuses towards the Iranian LGBTQI community.

“The current situation a serious danger to gay men.

“But gay women, along with the Iranian trans community, experience all kinds of violence and coercion on a daily basis.”

‘The world must hear their cries for help’

Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad also reported Fazeli-Monfared’s death on Twitter.

“Iran’s LGBTQ community is brutalised both by the regime and by bigotry in certain families,” Masih said.

“Through its homophobic laws, anti-gay propaganda, and light sentences for honour killings, the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for facilitating the murder of countless members of the LGBTQ community in Iran.”

Masih said many other LGBTIQ Iranians send her accounts of “harrowing stories of brutality by security forces”.

“The world must hear the cries for help of Iran’s LGBTQ community. The Islamic Republic of Iran both directly and indirectly brutalises them,” Masih said.

“This community is yearning to be heard by the world.”

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Jordan Hirst
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  1. Peter Turner
    14 May 2021

    This is an all too common sight in Iran and other Muslim countries. The sentences handed down will be grossly inadequate. Where is the UN and the UNHRC in all of this? Western Governments must make it a priority to give asylum to LGBTQI+ people from these Countries but, of course, nothing will be done.

    • Peter Ritter
      16 May 2021

      Totally agree there has to be change. Western governments are too busy with getting themselves reelected and ensuring their constituencies are surviving the covid pandemic. Giving LGBT refugees asylum seekers over others will be picked up by the national conservatives and Christian faith groups, who will then issue a massive public outcry. The Western governments are closely aligned with religion, religious groups or religious leaders. Religious christian influence on those in political power will not encourage refugee from Islamic countries rather if, then Christian refugees. Which is paradox as you can change your religion to suit the refugee status but sexuality is something you can not change. On the UN (the UNHRC is also UN), the UN has no mandate to stand on. There is no UN organisation or body that is tasked with looking at resolving any LGBTIQ+ related issue. In fact, even the UN Human Rights Declaration which states “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” does not mention LGBTIQ+ although it mentions more…. “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”, the closest we get to being included as having rights and freedoms is solely due to the words “other status”. Although I believe most people would not view their sexuality as a “status”. It is up to us, to convince our governments to go to the UN and ask for the General Assembly to mandate the formation of a UN dedicated to LGBTIQ+. Looking at the wide-spread religious infiltration in politics, there would be not many countries willing to fight such as cause. Do you see Scott Morrison banging his fists at the UN in New York demanding human rights to be respected for LGBTIQ+ citizens and forming legislation to prioritise assisted migration for gay Muslims?

  2. My heart to his mother and boyfriend.

  3. Monique
    14 May 2021

    Horrific beyond belief. Killing an innocent man because of his sexuality. His killers should be given the maximum sentence but that doesn’t bring him back and for the rest of his mother, parter & loved ones lives they’ll never be the same.

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