The United Nations renewed the mandate of its human rights investigator for Iran on Thursday, but Russia and China voted against the resolution that expressed "serious concerns" about a country said to have the highest per capita execution rate in the world.
Under the Islamic Penal Code of Iran, sexual activity between people of the same gender is a crime punishable by death. Human rights obligations are defined by UN treaties that States themselves ratify, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). This treaty has been ratified by 167 states around the world, including Iran. >>>
The United Nations Human Rights Committee issued a groundbreaking report that puts LGBT human rights abuses in Iran in the spotlight for the first time and recommends that the government make changes. >>>