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Will Condi listen? Asked to condemn Iran for executing gay teens

HRC calls for Condi to actually do her job in a letter. Let’s see if the result is crickets chirping as the administration ignores this heinous act in Iran; maybe she’ll consult her husband her boss about this. The official reaction from the State Department so far: “The State Department said that it had not seen the letter and would not comment on it until it had been studied.”

The nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization Friday urged Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to condemn the execution of two gay teens in Iran.

Thursday news emerged that the Iranian government had executed the two teens after a religious court found them them guilty of homosexuality. One of the teens was 18, the other, according to the Iranian Students News Agency, is believed to have been 16 or 17. The English language Iran In Focus also reported the executions saying the teens were hanged in public in the city square in the northeastern city of Mashhad on July 19.

This crime warrants an immediate and strong condemnation from the Department of State,” said the Human Rights Campaign in a letter Friday to Rice. “Atrocities committed by foreign governments against all people must be condemned swiftly and forcefully by the world’s greatest democracy. We urge you to do so.

“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was signed by the UN General Assembly in 1948, declares that every human should be guaranteed the fundamental right to life, liberty, and security of person and every human should be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Tragically, this guarantee of basic human rights does not exist for GLBT individuals in certain regions of the globe.”

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