IGLHRC speaks out on second anniversary of execution of two Iranian teenagers

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) on the second anniversary of the execution of two Iranian children who were executed issued an statement:

 NEW YORK, July 18, 2007 - “Despite a widely publicized outcry two years ago when Iranian authorities executed two young men in the northeastern city of Mashhed, the government continues to target, arrest, prosecute, and execute individuals under its sodomy law.

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) condemns Iran’s violations of human rights law and asks that human rights groups around the world work to support those targeted by the government.

Two years ago, on July 19, 2005, two teenage boys, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni, were hanged in public for their alleged involvement in sodomy and rape. Both teenagers were juveniles at the time of the offense, and one was believed to have been a juvenile at the time of his execution.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, of which Iran is a signatory, forbids the execution of juveniles under the age of 18 or those who were under 18 at the time of the alleged crime ”

To read the full statement visit : http://www.ukgaynews.org.uk/Archive/07/July/1803.htm

To read more about the two executed teenagers Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni  visit:   http://www.stopchildexecutions.com/minors_executed.aspx