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UN challenge to criminalisation
Iran has been taken to task by the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) for the way it treats LGBT people.
The UNHCR was “concerned that members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community face harassment, persecution, cruel punishment and even the death penalty [in Iran],” its November 3 report said.
“It is also concerned that these persons face discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation, including with respect to access to employment, housing, education and health care, as well as social exclusion within the community.”
“The State party should repeal or amend all legislation which provides for or could result in the discrimination, prosecution and punishment of people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. It should ensure that anyone held solely on account of freely and mutually agreed sexual activities or sexual orientation should be released immediately and unconditionally.
“The State party should also take all necessary legislative, administrative and other measures to eliminate and prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, including with respect to access to employment, housing, education and health care, and to ensure that individuals of different sexual orientation or gender identity are protected from violence and social exclusion within the community.”
This was the first time Iran, which imposes the death penalty for homosexuality, has been criticised by a UN body for its treatment of LGBT people.