Teenager Executed in Iran for Homosexual Rape

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.

U.S.-Cuba Relations "Undermine American Values"

Obama’s recent efforts to restore U.S.-Cuba relations have been called out for neglecting American values and ideals.

Human Rights issues in Cuba have only been growing worse; more Cubans have been leaving the island. There have been 8,600 detention and arrests in 2015, with 2,500 in the first two months of 2016, a “315 percent increase from five years ago” (Source).

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