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LGBT people are ‘diseased,’ says Iranian Human Rights official

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Secretary-General of the Iranian High Council for Human Rights has described homosexuality as a western “disease,” and said that same-sex marriage was “immoral.”

General Mohammad Javad Larijani allegedly made these remarks in Tehran during a visit by German Tom Koenigs, who chairs the human rights committee in Germany’s parliament, according to a report by Radio Free Europe.

Mohammad Javad Larijani

“The West says that the marriage of homosexuals should be allowed under the human rights charter, however, we think it is sexual immorality and a disease,” he was quoted as stating to his German counterpart, in Iran’s semiofficial Fars news agency.

This statement is consistent with the harsh sentences and treatment of LGBT people in Iran that enforces and enacts the death penalty for same-sex acts.

In 2007, during a visit to Columbia University, USA, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad responded to reports of human rights abuses of LGBT people that “In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals like in your country,” he said. “In Iran, we do not have this phenomenon. I don’t know who has told you we have that.”

Speaking with LGBTQ Nation, Gorji Marzban, Chairperson of the Oriental Queer Organisation (ORQOA), stated:

“The Iranian High Council for Human Rights is a governmental body and part of the Ministry of Justice in Iran. So in this context, Larijani is trying to separate LGBT rights as being part and parcel of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

His offensive views clearly reflect the homophobic attitudes of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

“At any rate, it seems that Mr. Larijani accepts for the first time officially that homosexuals exist as a ‘disease,’” added Marzban.

“Here he contradicts not only the official logic of the president but also the point for punishment by law — sickness cannot be immoral or punishable by death. Yet Iranian LGBT people exist everywhere, we are not sick or sinners nor is the issue of our Human rights one of disease,” he said.

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  1. What the fuck ever.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:06pm
  2. Fuck that shit!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:07pm
  3. And the only cure is MORE COWBELL?

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:07pm
  4. christ its kinda pot calling the kettle black innit?

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:08pm
  5. How ludicrous

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:09pm
  6. LOOK AT THE LIL LUMP OF MUTTON FAT SHOOTING ITS MOUTH OFF

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:09pm
  7. Fucking archaic thinking will get you NOWHERE. Get with the times already!

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:09pm
  8. Homophobia Is a disease a disease that needs to be cure.. not LGBT people

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:10pm
  9. I didn’t know calling people a disease makes you a human right official.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:11pm
  10. Thank God not to live in a crazy country like this. America isnt perfect but we are way above that kind of sick thinking.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:11pm
  11. Are you sure you don’t mean Rick Santorum’s Human Right’s Official? Just so we all understand it, the Iranian theocracy uses the same language as Republican presidential candidates.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:11pm
  12. Please I’m from Los Angeles and I have seen more Iranian gay men then i can count on 100 peoples hands, On top of it they are usually on the DL so they are a large culprit in spreading HIV to their partners and wives.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:11pm
  13. Hate is a disease. And so is hanging people because they are found gay. Why don”t he clear out hospitals over there with a noose then?

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:13pm
  14. Jackass

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:13pm
  15. Diseased?! Oh my goodness, no more diseased than straights. Being gay doesn’t make you any different from anyone else other than relationship preference. HUMANS have sex, and they all have the same chance of catching something. It’s the choice to practice safe sex or abstinence that causes the outcome. It seems that these days “homophobes” are looking for any dramatic detail to convince the world that gays are worse people that the very ones judging. GET OVER IT. HUMANS LOVE AND SHARE LIVES TOGETHER. FOCUS ON SOMETHING THAT REALLY MATTERS AND AFFECTS PEOPLE!

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:13pm
  16. It is a Western Disease that is why it dates even further back than but including ancient Greeks an Romans…. So the homophobic continue to show how unintelligent they are when opening their mouths on homosexuality. Maybe they should spend a little time reading up on history, and I am not talking the crap that makes it into the education system.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:15pm
  17. His thinking is diseased and very immoral… But i dont care what some ” Human Rights ” idiot says…

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:16pm
  18. Do these people understand that they solely are the reason for hate crimes against the LGTB population? They teach people that being gay or lesbian is a crime and it should bear a penalty of death and then wonder why people are murdering our kind. Really grow up and accept that we are here and we deserve just as much respect as everyone else.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:17pm
  19. Sexual immorality: RAPE, INCEST, BESTIALITY, PEDOPHILIA and NECROPHILIA…Get it right people, THOSE things are immoral. LOVING the same gender? Come on! Get your heads out your booties and DO something for this world. Also, make sure you clean out those skeletons in YOUR closet, cuz history proves, the ones judging ALWAYS have something to show later; so stop talking about what you know NOTHING about:)

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:17pm
  20. What a crock!

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:18pm
  21. Interesting. I keep seeing how people are saying how useless Iranians are and how they’re unfit to develop nuclear technologies. So, they’re “Sand Monkeys”, we’re “Infidels” these people are “Faggots”, those people are “Breeders”, and the list goes on. I wonder how many centuries it’s going to take before the human race finally breeds racism and bigotry out of it’s mentality? Sad thing is, until the terms are stricken from the derogatory classification they are (and new ones will take their place, they always do), human nature will still be, to slap that classification of terms on those they currently have beef with. Sad thought…

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:19pm
  22. I would rather be gay than a fat iranian…

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:20pm
  23. No a country divided is a disease.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:20pm
  24. Welcome to the 14th century.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:21pm
  25. This entire statement just goes to show how hateful and extremely ignorant this man is….but the part about calling it a” western disease”…really??? Yea, cuz we all know homosexuality doesn’t exist on every corner of the globe. I guess he hasn’t heard of the thousands of gay Iranians and people from other countries that consider homosexuality to be a “crime against humanity”, that either hide who they are or spend their life running away and trying to get out of their country of origin in order to escape death.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:22pm
  26. He’s got the cancer called Hate!

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:24pm
  27. Well if we are diseased, I like the one I have got and so does my girlfriend!

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:26pm
  28. I’m not surprised really. That part of the world also puts women to death or in prison for their own rapes.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:27pm
  29. Thats really sad :(

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:30pm
  30. THIS is their human rights official?!

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:32pm
  31. prejudice & bigotry are diseases that CAN be cured. just remove the unsightly 10-20lb lump at the top of the shoulders &, WA LA, CURED!! :)

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:35pm
  32. D:

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:36pm
  33. I don’t live in Iran, so what that little mouth piece for his government’s propaganda machine says has no real direct effect on me. But heaven help our gay brethren living under one of the most oppressive theocracies on earth!

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:36pm
  34. He obviously shouldn’t be in that position

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:37pm
  35. I’m pretty happy being the way I am so he can fuck off

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:41pm
  36. Do the words “iranian” and “human rights” really belong in the same sentence here? Maybe the people themselves have some idea of what human rights are and should be but the government??? Seriously????

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:42pm
  37. quelle surpise…

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:47pm
  38. Dear LBGT, I don’t know if you have noticed this, but whenever the news says anything about gay’s, they always show Pride Festivals where guys are in leather thongs and angel wings. Maybe, we as the gay community, should change our image. Ass less chaps really aren’t helping us move along, because it just helps fill the hatred and stereotypes that many of us are trying to overcome.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:48pm
  39. Who actually likes this? That man is SICK. just look at him.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:49pm
  40. yea …like who cares what he thinks

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:51pm
  41. How would he know when he’s making love to a camel?

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:52pm
  42. Dear LBGT, I don’t know if you have noticed this, but whenever the news says anything about gay’s, they always show Pride Festivals where guys are in leather thongs and angel wings. Maybe, we as the gay community, should change our image. Ass less chaps really aren’t helping us move along, because it just helps fill the hatred and stereotypes that many of us are trying to overcome.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:56pm
  43. Hate is the disease !

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 2:16pm
  44. Islamis a disease you dumb mother fuckers created

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 2:19pm
  45. Disgusting and immoral.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 2:30pm
  46. He would get along well with most Rep. Presidential canidtates

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 2:45pm
  47. If we’re going to spout bullshit; Iranians are a disease and being one should be punishable by death. Sound fair? No? Didn’t think so.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 3:00pm
  48. well i for one am canceling my vacation to Tehran!!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 3:08pm
  49. He needs to buy some new deodorant himself. Bit niffy.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 3:09pm
  50. Some human rights huh?

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 3:28pm
  51. Last time, I checked I was very healthy! ;)

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 3:42pm
  52. So basically he is only for rights if someone is Iranian, male and straight.. Maybe they should be appointing someone new for this job.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 3:55pm
  53. Anyone coming into contact with anyone that had anything to do with the murders of homosexuals in Iran should take any action possible to harm them. And if Iran keeps persecuting homosexuals, we should all attack heterosexual Iranian citizens in our countries. Start with embassy personnel.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 4:06pm
  54. What would an Iranian know about human rights anyway?

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 4:37pm
  55. try to remember Iran has no issue and even subsidises GRS for Transsexuals and Intersexuals

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 5:26pm
  56. Does that mean not infected with crist or bigotry?

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 5:49pm
  57. sounds like a republican presidential candidate if you ask me

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 6:12pm
  58. Iran, please stop being so republican. You know better than that. Now lets all stop being so dramatic about it as gays are everywhere…so get educated and stop embarrassing your country and your people. Now behave.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 6:36pm
  59. These are the same people who are trying NOW 70+ years later to get into space – and are STILL FAILING. We have 12 year olds here in the U.S. that can do better at a 8th grade science fair LMAOOOOOOOOOO

    A news clipping from their own AL ARABIYA NEWS June 2011:

    “Iran says it plans to send a monkey into space next month as part of its space program, potentially sparking fears from Western countries about the progress of Iran’s missile arsenal.” …”In August 2010 the country’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said that Iran planned to send a man into space by 2017.”

    http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2011/06/28/155176.html

    (also click link above)

    HAHAHAHA by 2017 we’ll probably have American space ships on Mars LMFAOOOOO!!! Yeah, so let’s really take these uneducated fools seriously when they say homosexuality doesn’t exist in their country because its a disease. Give me a break!!!! LOL

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 7:43pm
  60. Bigots.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 8:28pm
  61. I say the troll should strap a bomb on himself, go out into the desert and blow himself up,that would save the earth some precious oxygen that moron is taking up. Then he could have all those virgins in their-so=called- heaven. Or just put him up against a wall and blow his brains out, sounds crude but thats what they would do to us.

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 3:31pm