Gays Should Be Hanged says Iranian Minister
In an admission that shows just how barbaric Iranian political leaders are Mohsen Yahyavi, a high ranking Iranian official told British officials at a peace conference that gays and lesbians deserve to be to executed. Yahyavi is the highest-ranked politician to admit that Iran believes in the death penalty for homosexuality after a spate of reports that gay youths were being hanged.
From the Times of London:
Under the Freedom of Information Act, the FCO released papers to The Times about the death penalty being used in Iran for homosexuality, adultery and sex outside marriage.
Minutes taken by an official describe a meeting between British and Iranian MPs at the Inter-Parliamentary Union, a peace body, in May. When the Britons raised the hangings of Asqari and Marhouni, the leader of the Iranian delegation, Mr Yahyavi, a member of his parliament’s energy committee, was unflinching. He “explained that according to Islam gays and lesbianism were
not permitted”, the record states. “He said that if homosexual activity is in private there is no problem, but those in overt activity should be executed [he initially said tortured but changed it to executed]. He arguedthat homosexuality is against human nature and that humans are here to reproduce. Homosexuals do not reproduce.”
Nicole Pichet, a researcher who also took notes of the gathering, told The Times that the discussion began with British MPs discussing the underage gay hangings. Mr Yahyavi responded by saying homosexuality was to blame for a lot of diseases such as Aids.
The 2005 execution of gay teenagers Mahmoud Asqari and Ayad Marhouni drew international outrage at the Iranian practice of killing gay and lesbian people. Yahyavi did not deny that Asqari and Marhouni were hanged because they were gay as some have by claiming that they were rapists. He instead defended the killings.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was left at a speech at Columbia University earlier this year when he claimed that there were no gays in Iran. Mr. Ahmadinejad, that’s because you are doing your best to kill them all.