Group calls Iran’s UNHCR response hypocritical, irresponsible

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Iranian Queer Organization (IRQO), an organization supporting the Iranian LGBTI community, requested we share with our readers their summary review of Iran’s response to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the United Nations’s  Human Rights Council (UNHRC). We provide IRQO’s statement here, very slightly edited.

UN Human Rights Council Chamber (Photo courtesy UNHRC) UN Human Rights Council Chamber (Photo courtesy UNHRC)

IRQO regards Iran’s response to the UPR recommendations hypocritical and irresponsible

Iran’s response to recommendations at the 20th UPR session, pointing at violations of LGBT rights, is hypocritical and irresponsible.

The excuse offered by Iran is that “Western countries, too, violated homosexuals’ right up to recent years.”

Very well, we say; since Iran relies on the West’s recent homophobic and transphobic approach on LGBT rights, are we wrong if we anticipate Iran would be following the West’s path in the coming years, and honor LGBT human rights?

Iran’s answer to recommendations pointing at LGBT conditions in Iran is in two…

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