Two gay men were hanged in Iran this week, according to reports.
Abdulla Ghavami Chahzanjiru and Salman Ghanbari Chahzanjiri were killed on 6 August, according to at least one report, for ‘consensual sodomy’.
Other reports are not specific about the ‘crime’ committed by these two men, but describe them as ‘immoral villains’.
One source indicates the two men were put to death in order to ‘promote community safety’ and to ‘reduce the suffering of the victims’.
In his piece in The Daily Beast, Jay Michaelson points out the executions come as the US is seeking to ‘engage’ Iran diplomatically and may cause a ‘LGBT headache’ for the government.
In Iran, homosexuality is a crime punishable by imprisonment, corporal punishment or execution.
According to the NGO Iran Human Rights, more than 400 executions have taken place in the first half of 2014 alone.