... police raided a birthday party for a man named Farhad. According to witnesses, the police brutally assaulted the host, his parents, and the guests. It remains unclear exactly how many people were arrested. A man identified as Peyman spoke to IRQO and said that he arrived at the house late only to find the police had already arrived. “As soon as I turned in to their street, I saw police cars parked everywhere," Peyman told IRQO."All my friends were arrested while seven or eight policeman beat them with batons. Fearing the usual punishments for attending a party, two had jumped from the second-floor window and were in a bad condition.”He also said that all communication with the individuals has been cut off. “We have no information about the situation inside the jail,” Payman added.Iran, and the Muslim world in general, has a reputation for brutal suppression of its gay citizens:
This latest raid marks the largest single attack on Iran’s gay community, further confirming a disturbing trend of sexual cleansing in the Islamic Republic, made legal through Sharia law. Sodomy is a crime for which both partners can be punished by death, while all types of sexual activity outside a heterosexual marriage are also illegal.Arsham Parsi, executive director of IRQO, is pleading for action by international human rights organizations:
"Obviously this crackdown is yet another systematic violation of human rights, along with brutal suppression of womens' movements in Iran and must be strongly protested by all human rights organisations as yet another violation of people's private rights and liberties."Good luck with that. [sound of crickets chirping] International human rights organizations are too busy scolding Canada for not making sure Taliban prisoners are treated humanely when turned over to Afghan authorities, or fretting about banning hijabs in girls' soccer tournaments.