19 March 2015 – Justice for Iran (JFI) & Iranian Lesbian and Transgender Network (6Rang) welcome the decision by the Islamic Republic of Iran to accept 139 of the 291 recommendations and to partially support 59 recommendations put forward by the 28th session of the Human Rights Council that address the rights of sexual minorities.
Despite the limitations, this is the first time the Islamic Republic has acknowledged ill-treatment and torture of the LGBT community. It is also Iran’s initial move on the international level towards recognition of the rights of sexual minorities.
Despite the limitations, this is the first time the Islamic Republic has acknowledged ill-treatment and torture of the LGBT community.
The document states sterilization, sex change operations and reperative therapies that are either forced or coerced due to absence of a free and informed decision-making process, will be made illegal. Furthermore, citizens will not face any form of torture based on sexual orientation. Iran reiterates its commitment to protect those rights of recognized religious, ethnic and sexual minorities that are in accordance with its constitution, and conditions this statement on the fact that some may require amendments in law or involve a period of time before they are fully implemented. In addition, according to the Human Rights Council website, Human Rights Council website, Iran accepts 59 additional recommendations with some limitations…story continues below…