A touching tribute to love

Mahmoud and Ayad were 17 years old

when they were publicly hanged on 19th July, 2005 in Iran.

Their crime was ….

LOVING ONE ANOTHER

It’s been 4 years since Mahmoud and Ayad deaths, but they will always be remembered as will all the others who died from the injustice of discrimination. Lets stop this persecution and hope it will never happen again, but of course in this small-minded world of ours these things will always happen unless the people’s of the world come together through the United Nations to stop this persecution.

More Info: Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni


Update – LONDON, July 16, 2006

New Revelations on Execution of Gay Teens in Iran

Outrage! and Huriyah dismiss official Tehran claims

As gays around world prepare to mark the first anniversary of the execution of two gay teenagers in Iran, there are new revelations about the execution of Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni in the Iranian city of Mashhad on July 19, 2005, based on research by Simon Forbes of OutRage! and contacts inside Iran.

And last week, Afdhere Jama, the editor of the gay Muslim magazine, Huriyah, spoke publicly on the executions a year ago.

“A year-long investigation into this case has revealed that the regime’s allegations against the two hanged youths, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni, are riddled with contradictions, implausibility’s and outright lies,” according to Peter Tatchell of OutRage!.

“At first it was claimed by Iranian officials that they were aged 18 and 19, then that they were 19 and 21, then aged 18 and 20, and finally they made the claim that they were both above 18 at the time of their alleged crimes.

“However, the best evidence is that both youths were aged 17 when they were executed and therefore minors, aged 15 or 16, at the time of their alleged crimes.  This execution of minors is in flagrant breach of international agreements the Tehran regime has signed.

“The method of hanging was specifically designed to cause a slow, painful death by strangulation,” Mr Tatchell pointed out.

“Concerning their crimes,” he continued, “at first it was claimed that they committed one rape and were child molesters, then that they had committed several rapes. By the autumn of 2005, the supporters of the regime were spreading rumours that they were serial child killers.

“Local sources in Mashhad state that Mahmoud and Ayaz were lovers, not rapists or child abusers – contrary to the homophobic propaganda of the Iranian regime and its western left-wing and Islamist apologists.

“Witnesses report seeing them together and obviously in love at a private party in 2003,” said Mr Tatchell.

“Mahmoud and Ayaz were charged with the capital crime of homosexuality after a disapproving family member reported their relationship to the police.

“At least one, and possibly both, of the hanged boys were members of Iran’s persecuted Arab minority.  Racism appears to have played a part in the stereotypical way they were portrayed by the regime as being ‘underclass’ thieves and hooligans.

“Informants inside Iran make it clear that the boys were of good character and that they came from decent, law-abiding families whose fathers had good jobs.”

Mr Tatchell said that the execution of Mahmoud and Ayaz conforms to a pattern of state torture and murder of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people by the Iranian clerical regime.

“In recent years, public executions for consensual gay sex have been rarer than in the past; apparently because the regime does not want to draw attention to its failure to eradicate same-sex behaviour in the ‘Islamic paradise’ of Iran,” he said.

“In publicised executions of gay couples, the men are often accused of the kidnap and rape of a younger male.  All such allegations need to be treated with extreme scepticism, as they tend to follow a suspiciously stereotypical formula.

“By instituting charges of kidnap and rape, the Iranian authorities apparently hope to discredit the victims, discourage public protests and deflect international condemnation.  They calculate that there will be little Iranian or international sympathy for people hanged for crimes like abduction and sexual assault,” said Mr Tatchell.

Afdhere Jama, editor of the queer Muslim magazine Huriyah, supports the view that Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni were gay and that they were hanged because of their homosexuality.

He bases his belief on evidence he received from three people in the city of Mashhad, where they were hanged, including information from a person who knows the family of Ayaz Marhoni.

“According to my sources, the boys were arrested about a year and couple of months before the execution,” Afdhere Jama said.

“On the day of their arrest, five boys were fondling each other in a semi-public area.  Their ages were 13, 14, 15, 15 (Mahmoud), and 17 (Ayaz).  These are all boys that knew each other, and had homosexual relations with each other (perhaps for years).

“A woman called her civilian police husband who then tried to arrest them all (with the help of civilians), but only Ayaz, Mahmoud and a 13-year-old boy were caught.

“Because the age of consent for men in Iran is 15, the 13-year-old boy is automatically then classified raped by then 15 year old Mahmoud and 17-year-old Ayaz. So, in the eyes of the Iranian law, that boy was raped.

“Whether the other boys were a few years older or not is not even a question, not to mention whether he (the 13-year-old) was a willing participant.  Because the issue is homosexuality, it even carries a harsher sentence,” Mr Jama pointed out.

“It should be noted that none of the claims about ‘knife’ and ‘drunk’ are true, but trumped-up claims to support how these ‘heterosexual’ boys raped a ‘heterosexual’ teen.  The father of the 13-year-old boy claimed his son was raped because in the conservative society of Iran it is much better to have a heterosexual raped son than a homosexual willing participant.  Everyone and anyone from the east can identify with this.

“In reality, however, these boys faced many charges, including resisting arrest (for running away), disrupting public peace (because apparently the whole neighbourhood was in chaos because everyone wanted to hurt the boys who were committing homosexuality), public indecency (for having homosexual sex in public), and ultimately for homosexual/sodomy rape of men (which carries much tougher penalty than a heterosexual rape, for the 13-year-old), etc..

“It should also be noted that the Quds daily (newspaper) report that Human Rights Watch relied on is a government-controlled news agency, who have in the past and the present contribute news only acceptable to the government. As far as I know, there are really no independent Iranian news agencies which dealt with this story – because they could not honestly deal with it and get away with it,” said Mr Jama.

source: New Revelations on Execution of Gay Teens in Iran

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