New executions scheduled, Iranian exiles say

According to still unconfirmed information another two Iranian men are scheduled to be executed for gay sex in the Islamic republic. Even the day is said to be already fixed: it’s August 28. Doug Ireland, one of the first to report about the case, cites a leftwing exile organisation as his source:

In the last 24 hours I‘ve been in touch with Farhad Hoseini of the International Federation of Iranian Refugees (IFIR), who reports that two gay men — Farbod Mostaar and Ahmad Chooka — have been tried and sentenced to be executed for homosexuality on August 28, in the Iranian city of Arak. […] He told me that he and the IFIR had received the information about these scheduled new gay executions from members of the families of the two men whose death at the hands of the Islamic Republic of Iran has been programmed. Hoseini asserted that the men were to be killed for consensual homosexual acts with each other — such acts are punishable by death in the Islamic Republic.

Ireland is still trying to gather further details. Meanwhile, he hints at an alleged atmosphere of growing anxiety and repression in Iran:

As I noted in my latest article for New York City’s Gay City News on the hangings of the two gay Iranian teens in the city of Mashad on July 19, the climate of repression and surveillance of gays in Iran in the wake of those hangings has increased tremendously since the news of these barbaric executions went global and elicited world-wide protests. Hoseini confirmed that the IFIR’s contacts inside Iran also are reporting this crackdown — and he said everyone is afraid to talk about State anti-gay repression, including the families of the two men […]