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. >>>
Some degree of safety is something most gay people in Canada take for granted every day. For Amir and Ahmad, however, it’s a recently acquired gift. After facing death threats from family members because of their sexuality, in a country where homosexuality can be a capital crime, the couple fled Iran to find safety in Toronto’s gay village earlier this spring. In 2007 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a group of Columbia University students that homosexuality does not exist in Iran.