Following last week's comments in the Lords by Home Office Minister Lord West:
We are not aware of any individual having been executed solely on the grounds of homosexuality in Iran.
We do not consider that there is systematic persecution of gay men in Iran.
The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has demanded that the Government clarify its approach to the deportation of gay people to Iran. GALHA spokesman Jim Herrick said:
It is quite extraordinary that the Minister can claim that there is no evidence of gays being executed in Iran. He seems more inclined to believe the propaganda of the Iranian authorities than the independent reports of organisations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch which testify to the risk of execution faced by gay Iranians.