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category dublin | gender and sexuality | news report author Wednesday July 19, 2006 22:38author by Dave Donnellan Report this post to the editors

First Anniversary Protest

In 2005 two Iranian teenagers, Mahmoud Asgari (16) and Ayaz Marhoni (18), were both sentenced to death for what some human rights groups claimed was "consensual gay sex". Today, on the first anniversary of the executions a protest meeting was held outside the Central Bank in Dame to commemorate the event.
Public Execution
Public Execution

The meeting was organised by the BeLonG To youth project. Oisin O'Reilly from BeLonG To addressed the meeting saying, "Mahmmoud and Ayaz were born in Iran and they were executed for who they were and how they loved." Reports that they were executed for the rape of a 13-year-old were dismissed by Colm O'Gorman, founder of One-In-Four, who also addressed the meeting saying, "Iranian officialdom would have us believe that these two children, and they were children, were executed for the rape of a 13-year-old. There's extensive evidence to completely dismiss that assertion. These two boys were in some type of loving relationship. It's also clear they were involved with a group of other teenagers who identified as gay. There's a suggestion that a family member reported their relationship which resulted in their arrest and execution." Senator David Norris complimented the "brilliant group" BeLonG To for their work and said "The one thing I regret about this demonstration is that it is not right outside the Iranian embassy to let them know what we think about them and their filthy work."

Between 1979 and 1990 107 people were executed in Iran on charges related to homosexuality. In January 1990 2 lesbian women and three gay men were the publicly beheaded as a result of charges relating to homosexual behaviour.

Related Link: http://www.belongto.org/

Michael Barron - BeLonG To youth project
Michael Barron - BeLonG To youth project

Crowd Gathered in front of Central Bank
Crowd Gathered in front of Central Bank

Ruiri Quinn
Ruiri Quinn

Oisin O'Reilly - BeLonG To youth porject
Oisin O'Reilly - BeLonG To youth porject

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   More pics...     Dave    Wed Jul 19, 2006 22:44 
   ..and one more     Dave    Wed Jul 19, 2006 22:55 
   great feature     pat c    Thu Jul 20, 2006 11:39 
   Thanks     Oisin O' Reilly    Thu Jul 20, 2006 18:03 
   excellent article...     Mr. T.    Thu Jul 20, 2006 18:25 
   Congrats from NYC     Patrick    Thu Jul 20, 2006 19:52 
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