Iran: Petition for the Lives of Hamzeh and Loghman, Two Young Gay Men Who Risk Death Sentence

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Petition for the lives of Hamzeh and Loghman: two young gay men who are in love and who risk the death sentence in Iran. And let’s not forget Pegah: the United Kingdom could still hand her over to the executioner.

To: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; UN High Commissioner for Refugees; UN General Secretary; International Federation of Iranian Refugee; President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; Minister of Justice of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi; UK Governement; UK Home Office Secretary; National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns (NCADC); President of the European Parliament; President of the European Commission; British Embassy in Italy; Iranian Embassy in Italy; Iranian Embassy in UK; Radical Trans-national Party

Petition for the lives of Hamzeh and Loghman: two young gay men who are in love and who risk the death sentence in Iran. And let’s not forget Pegah: the United Kingdom could still hand her over to the executioner.

by EveryOne Group (www.everyonegroup.com)

The Islamic Republic of Iran is persecuting homosexuals, dissidents and free thinkers, and carrying out political crimes towards them.
Homosexual relationships in Iran are considered a crime liable to sadistic corporal punishment and the death sentence. On January 23rd, 2008, Hamzeh Chavi and Loghman Hamzehpour, two homosexual young men of 18 and 19, were arrested in Sardasht, in Iranian Azerbaijan. The authorities use physical and psychological torture to obtain confessions from people who fall into their hands, and the two young men admitted to being in love and having a relationship. Their confession was enough for the Islamic court to commit them to trial with two very serious charges: Mohareb, the crime of those who are “enemies of Allah” and Lavat, sodomy. Iranian criminal law envisages the gallows for homosexuals, who are considered “enemies of Allah”.
Nevertheless, there are many moderate political and religious figures in Iran who would like to change things and prevent the loss of so many innocent lives. The majority of Iranians are against the horrors of capital punishment through hanging and stoning; only a few extremists believe torture and flogging are admissible methods. The clandestine human rights movements are fighting heroically against these barbaric practices, risking their own lives in an effort to build a better Iran, a country in which minorities are respected and human life becomes a value once more. Thousands of Muslims believe Allah is a God of love, that the death sentences and brutal corporal punishment are crimes against humanity. On December 5th, 2007 an innocent Iranian boy was martyred by the Teheran regime and then murdered on the scaffold. From all over the world, in answer to the campaign for the life of Makwan Moloudzadeh – promoted by EveryOne Group – thousands of Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and non-believers sent red and white flowers to President Ahmadinejad and the Iranian judges: red, in an attempt to avoid the spilling of innocent blood; white to implore his executioners to spare the life of yet another blameless condemned man. This vast international campaign served only to delay an execution which had already been decided.
Today Makwan is the symbol of the martyrdom of the many innocent victims of a ruthless regime. Let us also remember Pegah Emambakhsh, the Iranian lesbian woman who is still waiting for the result of her appeal in the United Kingdom, and who risks being deported to Iran, where torture and stoning await her. EveryOne has received worrying news from the United Kingdom, where the Court of Appeal does not appear inclined to grant Pegah political asylum – in defiance of all the international conventions. Pegah is crushed by the attitude of the British Government and has told us she is tired of fighting, she is reluctant to appear in the newspapers and no longer believes in what Anne Frank defined as “man’s inner goodness”. We must respect Pegah’s wishes, but we have to be ready to say no to the ritish Government, which has abandoned the path of respect for the rights of women, homosexuals and refugees. We have to be ready to raise a chorus of protest, throughout the world, in order to stop the hand of the executioner and his accomplices.

That is why we are asking you to devote a few minutes of your time to this petition; add your signature and send a protest to all the addresses listed below, because many human lives, the concept of justice itself and the value of human rights are at stake here.

For EveryOne Group
Salvate i due gay iraniani dalla forca, Corriere della Sera

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  1. Ali

    I approve and signed your petition and send it to our network Sociologists Without Borders (SSF). Please add our address as a supporter.

  2. Gerald Lackey

    I approve this petition and am thankful for Ali for sending it to the SSF.

  3. Mohsen Nejad

    Stop discrimination, harassment and prosecution of people regarding sex orientation, religion, gender, political view and ethnic group.
    Stop murdering people.
    Stop “Mid evil” Laws.

  4. Noel Agius

    Everybody has a right to love

  5. Therion

    Thanks for the chance to sign. I think the more pressure like this we can bring, the better chance to get good results.

    Stop gay harassment now President Ahmadinejad! The world is watching.

  6. OMAR KUDDUS GAYASYLUM UK

    An appeal:’ Gay’ executions imminent in Iran, claims Amnesty
    Amnesty International has warned that two men may soon be executed by being thrown off a cliff, an Islamic punishment for homosexual sex. Tayyeb Karimi and Yazdan (surname unknown) were sentenced to death by the judge, who stipulated they be thrown from a height.
    “Iran’s Penal Code states in Article 109 that both men involved in same-sex penetrative (anal) or non-penetrative sex will be punished,”
    PLEASE APPEAL TO SAVE THESE POOR UNFORTUNATE HOMOSEXUAL MENS LIVES AS EVERY PROTEST CAN AND DOES COUNT.
    APPEALS TO:
    Head of the Judiciary
    Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi
    Ministry of Justice,
    Ministry of Justice Building,
    Panzdah-Khordad Square,
    Tehran,
    Islamic Republic of Iran
    Email: info@dadgostary-tehran.ir (In the subject line write: FAOAyatollah Shahroudi)
    Salutation: Your Excellency
    COPIES TO:Leader of the Islamic Republic
    His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed`Ali Khamenei
    The Office of the Supreme Leader
    Islamic Republic Street –
    Shahid Keshvar Doust Street,
    Tehran,
    IslamicRepublic of Iran
    Email: info@leader.ir
    Salutation: Your Excellency
    Governor of Fars province
    Seyyed Mohammad Reza Rezazade
    Governorate of Fars (Ostandari-ye Ostan-e Fars)
    Emam Khomeini Square
    Shiraz, 71348-58888, Islamic Republic of Iran
    Email: m-h-ostandar@farsp.ir, m-siasi@farsp.ir, info@farsp.ir
    Salutation: Dear Governor
    And also to diplomatic representatives of Iran accredited to your
    country.
    PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY.
    The British Government and the Home Office regularly returns and send back Asylum seekers from Iran stating that they can live a discreet safe life, which is far from the truth as has been demonstrated time and time again, and is to be proved again.
    Those who live in The UK please send a copy to your local MP and also to the Home Secretary (smithj@parliament.gov.uk, Byrnel@oarliment.gov.uk) and McnultyT@parliament.co.uk, The Foreign Minister of State, Milibandd@parliament.gov.uk. and the Prime minister (10 Downing Street,
    London, SW1A 2AA) http://www.number10.gov.uk/outpu…t/ Page12037.asp
    Please state and show your disgust that Britain still allows and condones such actions, especially to homosexuals, who are no more than kids and that such actions are against International Law.
    I implore you to please do this now, and save a fellow human beings life, including the link to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D…h?v=D…h?v=Dz- 2X_mWEqs
    For it is merely by chance that you yourself were not born in their shoes and suffering a similar fate




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