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Archive for August 24th, 2007

Pegah Emambakhsh

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The plight of Pegah Emambakhsh has been highlighted at HP, and what is remarkable is that the British government appears to be so ill informed of Iran’s treatment of gays.

Most people should be familiar with Iran’s hanging of two gays in 2005, and the Iranian regime’s generally oppressive attitude towards gays, as Doug Ireland describes.

IRQO has stark details on attacks on gays in Iran.

More recently the regime closed down a newspaper for simply conducting an interview with a gay Iranian exile:

“Tehran – Iran on Monday shut down a leading moderate daily for the second time in less than a year after the paper published an interview with a woman accused of being a “counter-revolutionary” homosexual.

The ban on Shargh (East), the favourite newspaper of Iranian liberals, comes amid growing pressure on the press in Iran and follows the closure of fellow moderate daily Ham Mihan last month.

“The main reason for the ban was an interview with a counter-revolutionary who promotes immorality,” Alireza Malekian, the director of press in the culture ministry, told the state-run IRNA news agency.

Shargh on Saturday published a full-page interview with Saghi Ghahreman, an expatriate Iranian poet who lives in Canada, under the headline “Feminine Language.”

I do hope that the mandarins in the Foreign Office and immigration services learn to use Google

Written by modernityblog

24/08/2007 at 20:05

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