Main | Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Progressives Pile On Ahmadinejad

Gay rights groups were quick to condemn Iran president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's claim that there are no homosexuals in Iran.

HRC's Joe Solmonese: "Today’s assertions by President Ahmadinejad that there are no homosexuals in Iran would be simply absurd were it not for the fact that international human rights watchers have long documented some of the most horrific acts of persecution and violence committed against gay people in Iran. These acts of terror have included incarcerations, beatings, and brutal executions. Ahmadinejad’s denial that there are gay people in Iran shows the extent to which he devalues the lives of the many citizens his government has and continues to violate."

IGLHRC's Paula Ettelbrick: "It is extremely unfortunate that the President of Iran, who used a prestigious academic forum to speak the "truth" about his country, nevertheless spoke so disingenuously about the human rights situation in Iran. The Iranian President's stark denial of our reality reflectshis government's ongoing refusal to recognize the basic human rights of LGBT people. IGLHRC and other human rights organizations have documented lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Iran."

I'll add to this post through the day as reactions come in.

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