Hivos welcomes report on torture in the name of treatment

July 2, 2014

Hivos is excited about the launch of the report by Justice for Iran (JFI) and 6Rang on torture in the name of treatment in Iran. This pioneering report highlights the shocking results of Iran’s current policies on homosexuality and transsexuality. It states that Iran must stop imposing sterilisation, sex reassignment surgeries and reparative therapies on lesbian, gay and transgender people as a precondition to becoming “legal” and enjoying their human rights.

Historic occasion for launch

On 26 June, at a historic occasion, a coalition of Iranian LGBT rights activists, human rights campaigners and refugees joined the Istanbul LGBT pride to launch this groundbreaking report. It details how lesbian, gay and transgender individuals in Iran are being diagnosed with gender identity disorder and told to undergo medical treatments, including sterilisation, to “cure” themselves of homosexual feelings and cross-gender expressions. The report, Pathologizing Identities, Paralyzing Bodies: Human Rights Violations against Lesbian, Gay and Transgender People in Iran, analyses these abusive practices through a human rights framework by placing them in the wider context of violence and discrimination that shapes the lives of sexual and gender minorities in Iran.

Two years’ research and more than 80 interviews

This report is the outcome of a two-year research project, including several field trips to Turkey and 13 other countries, and in-depth interviews with more than 80 individuals from Iran’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The launch of the report was in Istanbul, Turkey, where large numbers of Iranian LGBT asylum seekers are based, many of whom agreed to be interviewed by 6Rang and JFI and participate in their community research workshops.

Our support

Hivos supports JFI’s No to forced sex change project that aims to inform people inside and outside Iran about the grave violations of the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals in Iran and to stop the use of forced sex change surgery of homosexuals in Iran as a means to ‘cleanse society’ of lesbians, gays and bisexuals.