Iran recently executed a secondary school pupil and gay Iranian teenager convicted of raping another boy. A court found Hasan Afshar, 19, guilty of “lavat-e be onf” – forced male to male anal intercourse.
The court refused the teenager legal representation during his two-month trial in early 2015.
“Homosexual conduct” remains illegal under Iran’s Sharia law, punishable by fines, public flogging or execution.
Magdalena Mughrabi, interim deputy director of Amnesty International, expressed Amnesty’s disgust at the sentence.
She said the regime’s “sickening enthusiasm” for executing juveniles, in contravention of international law, knew no bounds.
At the time of his arrest, Hassan was a 17-year-old high school student.
“He had no access to a lawyer and the judiciary rushed through the investigation and prosecution, convicting and sentencing him to death within two months of his arrest as though they could not execute him quickly enough.”
Despite the accusation of rape, Hassan maintained the sex was consensual. He also said he and the other boy had consensual sex on previous occasions. However, if the other boy admitted to consensual sex, he also risked execution.
“In a cruel stroke of irony, officials did not inform Hassan Afshar of his death sentence for around seven months while he was held in a juvenile detention facility because they did not want to cause him distress. Yet astonishingly, they still prepared to execute him.
“With this execution, Iranian authorities once again demonstrate their callous disregard for human rights.”
Another gay Iranian teenager scheduled for hanging
Just days after Hassan’s hanging, the authorities scheduled Alireza Tajiki, another youth under the age of 18 at the time of his alleged offence, for execution.
Following public pressure, they postponed the implementation of his death sentence, originally scheduled to take place last week.
Amnesty International claims Iran executed at least 75 juvenile offenders between 2005 and 2015 – including 13 last year.
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