Last month, it was revealed that a 17-year-old male was executed in Iran for the rape of another male. The execution directly violated standards laid out by the UN's Convention on the Rights of the Child, of which Iran was a signatory. The Convention on the Rights of the Child states that children under the age of 18 should not face the death penalty under any circumstances. Under Iran law, homosexuality is illegal and perpetrators of homosexual acts can face the death penalty. In addition to this, homosexual acts are treated as rape and nonconsensual. If one partner claims consent, both partners are subject to prosecution. With this case specifically, the accused was given no fair trial and he was not informed of his sentence for seven months, while he remained in a juvenile detention facility. Ultimately, the execution of this male was a breach of international law and exemplified the way in which state sovereignty hinders the overall enforcement of international conventions. While various NGO's and international organizations have criticized Iran for permitting this execution, no sanctions will occur due to the unenforceable nature of international law. Amnesty International described the incident as an extremely "callous disregard for human rights".
While Iran breached child's rights, Iran has not signed the recent UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, which aims to combat the discrimination and violence that LGBTQ individuals around the world face.
Iran has been vehemently criticized for their treatment of LGTBQ individuals, women, and children. Death sentences are frequently given out, as well as other violent punishments, including flogging, blinding, and the amputation of limbs.
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