Monday, 12 July 2010

Tell Hillary Clinton: help stop gay executions in Iran

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An Iranian court has sentenced a teenager named Ebrahim Hamidi to death for having "homosexual relations." Three of his friends were acquitted, and all four teens claim the charges are phony. Regardless, the court ordered Hamidi to be hanged, in what is scheduled to become yet another execution in Iran of someone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

Both those in Iran and the international community as a whole must condemn the Iranian regime's continued sexual policing. Indeed, last month, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made headlines for stating that the position of the U.S. government is that "gay rights are human rights." Now is the time to back that statement up with a strong condemnation of Iran's scheduled execution, and tireless work to help stop Ebrahim Hamidi from being killed.

Send Secretary of State Clinton a message, and urge her office to do whatever it can to help shed light on Hamidi's situation, and the plight of LGBT people living under the threat of death in Iran.

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