On May 29, 2017Gay and Lesbian News and Culture reported: Over 30 men were arrested in the Iranian city of Isfahan last month and will face intrustive “testing” from the nation’s authorities.
The Jerusalem Post has reported a party in the Bahadoran District was raided in late April, where weapons were discharged before the arrests were made.
Reports from Canada’s Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees (IRQR) show that the men were arrested on charges of consuming alcohol, using psychedelic drugs and sodomy – all of which are against the law in the Middle Eastern nation.
“Esfahan’s police raided a private party in Bahadoran, the Garden region of Esfahan. After firing several gunshots, they arrested more than 30 men apparently between the ages of 16 and 30 for being homosexual,” IRQR reported.
“Police detained them all at the Basij (Revolutionary Guard Militia) Station and then transferred them to Esfahan’s Dastgerd Prison. A few people managed to escape and we received reports that there were several heterosexual individuals among those arrested.”