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Iran LGBTQI+ activism Zahra Sedighi Hamadani and Elham Choubdar sentenced to death

Two female LGBTQI+ activists in Iran have been sentenced to death for "corruption on Earth."

Two female activists in Iran were sentenced to death for a crime called "corruption on Earth." This has made more and more people angry.

In Iran, two women have been sentenced to death for "corruption on Earth." Their supporters say they are being punished for their work on behalf of LGBTQI+ people.

This week, news came out that Zahra Sedighi-Hamadani, 31, and Elham Choubdar, 24, had been sentenced to death by Iran's Revolutionary Court of Urmia.

Both women are part of the LGBTQI+ community in Iran. They were charged with "corruption on Earth" because they "promoted homosexuality," "promoted Christianity," "communicated with media that opposed the Islamic Republic," and "promoted homosexuality and Christianity." They were also charged with human trafficking.

Soheila Ashrafi, who is 52 years old, is also waiting for the verdict in her case. Most people think that she will also get the death penalty.

Iran has given a death sentence to Zahra Sedighi-Hamadani.
Iran has given a death sentence to Zahra Sedighi-Hamadani.

People who believe the women are innocent want the government to set them free.

Amnesty International says that Ms. Sedighi-Hamadani, who goes by the name Sareh, was "targeted" because she spoke out for LGBTQIA+ rights on social media and in a BBC documentary.

She was caught by authorities last October as she and her family tried to cross the border into Turkey to seek asylum. She spent 53 days in solitary confinement, where she was insulted and threatened with losing custody of her children, among other things.

Amnesty International has said in the past that LGBTQIA+ people in Iran face systematic violence, persecution, and discrimination.

"Iranian law says that people who don't match their gender must have surgery to change their gender and be sterilized. Same-sex sexual activity is also against the law in Iran.

"In spite of discrimination, brave people like Sareh stand up for LGBTQIA+ rights. They shouldn't be put to death for fighting for equal rights."

Last October, Zahra Sedighi-Hamadani was put in jail.
Last October, Zahra Sedighi-Hamadani was put in jail.

In an emotional video that she shared with the Iranian Lesbian and Transgender Network, Ms. Sedighi-Hamadani had said that she hoped things would get better for Iran's LGBTQIA+ community.

"I want to be free... " "I hope the day will come when everyone in our country can live freely," she said.

But Iran's official news agency, IRNA, said that the two women "trafficked young women" out of the country, which made the harsh sentence even worse.

"Contrary to what was reported online, those who were sentenced tricked and trafficked young women and girls out of the country by telling them they could go to school or get a job, which led several of their victims to kill themselves," IRNA said.

The news comes just a few months after Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei criticized homosexuality, saying in March of this year that it was part of a "moral deprivation" that was common in the West.

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