Five of the 37 men beheaded by Saudi Arabia were gay, according to a confession heard by the Sharia law court. The country sparked outrage several days ago for the mass execution of the men, who were mainly minority Shia Muslims. Human rights groups have complained that confessions of terrorism and spying for Iran were obtained through torture.
Saudi Arabia recently beheaded 37 men in a mass execution. Court documents accused the men of hating the Sunni sect, the state and its security forces. Two of the other men were arrested at ages 16 and 17 and detained for years in solitary confinement without access to lawyers.
A debate about homosexuality in Islam is beginning. But in Muslim lands persecution—and hypocrisy—are still rife. ONE leaflet showed a wooden doll hanging from a noose and suggested burning or stoning homosexuals.
By Ross Ibbetson For Mailonline. Five victims of a Saudi mass execution were gay lovers, according to a confession which appeared at their Sharia court trial. One of the 37 men beheaded on Tuesday allegedly admitted to having sex with four of his co-accused 'terrorists,' but many complained at trial their confessions were obtained through torture. Homosexuality is punishable by death in the Gulf state which adheres to Sharia law.
While people can legally change their sex, sexual activity between members of the same sex is illegal and can be punishable by death. LGBT rights in Iran have come in conflict with the penal code since the s. Same-sex sexual activities are punishable by imprisonment,  corporal punishmentor execution.
The truth behind this rise in attacks is buried in the fourth paragraph of this al-Reuters report:. Yahyavi, a member of the committee on energy affairs in Iran's Parliament, was a member of a delegation to Britain sent from Tehran to discuss its nation's nuclear program. It is human nature to procreate and homosexuals do not procreate.
Please refresh the page and retry. F orty men and women have been detained and at least two have died in an anti-gay purge in Russia's Chechnya republic that is even more brutal than a crackdown, according to activists. It is holding people without charge in an infamous prison where gay men have previously said they were tortured, local residents told activists.
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Pakistan human rights activists demand information from Saudi Arabia over 11 transgender people still in custody. Two transgender people were packed in sacks, thrashed with sticks and tortured to death, according to human rights activists. Police allegedly killed year-old Amna, and Meeno, 26, both Pakistanisafter raiding a house in Saudi Arabia and arresting 35 transgender people.
The mass execution was the largest since Januarywhen Saudi Arabia executed 47 men for terrorism offenses. One of the executed Sunni men received the harshest punishment under Islamic law, which includes beheading and public display of the beheaded corpse salb. With this mass execution, Saudi Arabia carried out over executions so far inincluding 40 for drug offenses, a much higher rate than previous years.