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Iran subjects LGBTQIA children to electric torture – UN report

A United Nations (UN) report claims that the Islamic Republic of Iran imposed electric shock torture on LGBTQIA children, among its human rights violations.

A United Nations (UN) report claims that the Islamic Republic of Iran imposed electric shock torture on LGBTQIA children, among its human rights violations.

In this UN report, the Committee on the Rights of the Child expressed concern that these practices occurring in 2016 eyed to “cure” LGBTQIA children.

According to the UN Special Rapporteur for the Islamic Republic of Iran, Javaid Rehman, he is “concerned at reports that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children were subjected to electric shocks and the administration of hormones and strong psychoactive medications. These practices amount to torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, and violate the State’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.”

The UN report stressed that “international law is clear in affording the protection of human rights of all people, including LGB and intersex persons,” and so “the reported treatment of these individuals violates their rights to liberty, fair trial, integrity, privacy, dignity, equality before the law, non-discrimination and the absolute prohibition on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment, as enshrined in international law.”

It is actually illegal to have same-sex relations in Iran, with sex between men meriting the death penalty and sex between women meriting 100 lashes.

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