Ebrahim Hamidi

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Age:18
Location: Evin Prison
Date condemned: 21 June 2010
Charge: Lavat
Notes: August 29: Ebrahim Hamidi has reportedly been transferred to Evin Prison in Tehran from Tabriz.

 

Ebrahim Hamidi was sentenced to death for lavat (sodomy), based solely on the judge's "knowledge" of his homosexuality, although Mr. Hamidi is not gay. Mr. Hamidi currently has no access to legal representation, because his lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaei, has been forced to flee Iran after facing harrassment, an arrest warrant, and having his wife and her family detained by the regime. In 2008, he and three other youths were arrested in Tabriz for fighting with another family, and were accused of attempting to sexually assault a man. Ebrahim Hamidi confessed to the crime after severe torture. In July 2010, the alleged victim recanted his testimony, citing pressure from the authorities during his initial accusation.

Executing anyone for their sexual orientation is a clear violation of international law and human decency. The Islamic Republic continues to arrest, torture, and execute GLBT men and women. Furthermore, the charges against Mr. Hamidi have been withdrawn by the alleged victim, and the judiciary has no justifiable right to detain him, let alone murder him. Mr. Hamidi does not presently have access to a lawyer, which is a guaranteed right under Article 10 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and Article 14(3)(b) and (d) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). For ruthlessly torturing Mr. Hamidi into confessing, the Islamic Republic is in violation of Article 5 of the UDHR and Article 7 and Article 10 of the ICCPR. As a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), Iran has guaranteed, per Article 37(a) that it will not execute anyone who was under the age of 18 at the time of a crime. Mr. Hamidi was 16 years old at the time of his arrest. Finally, the very notion of arresting anyone for their sexual orientation is a violation of Article 9 of the UDHR: "No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile." Article 6(2) of the ICCPR states, "in countries which have not abolished the death penalty, sentence of death may be imposed only for the most serious crimes."