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Zarif: Execution of homosexuals is based on our moral principles


On Monday, during the joint press conference of Javad Zarif, the foreign minister of Iran, and his German counterpart Heiko Maas, the reporter for the German newspaper Bild asked the foreign minister of the Islamic Republic: “Are homosexuals executed for their sexual preference in Iran?”

To which Zarif responded: “Our society has moral principles based on which the majority of our people live their lives. The moral principles and laws rule over people’s behavior in public spaces, and it is necessary to obey the law and public morality.”

This question and answer were compeltely deleted from the transcripts and reports made by the Iranian media inside the country. The video was later published in Germany and was translated into English and German.

According to Islamic criminal law, execution is one of the punishments for homosexual relationships. Before Zarif, former presidents Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Mohammad Khatami had talked in support of this law in Iran.

Ahmadinejad had even denied “the existence of homosexuals in Iran”.



. جواد ظریف: مجازات همجنس‌گرایی برابر اصول اخلاقی جامعه ایرانی است پائول رونزهایمر خبرنگار روزنامه آلمانی بیلد که روز دوشنبه ۱۰ ژوئن، همراه #هایکو_ماس، وزیر خارجه آلمان به دیدار مقامات ارشد #ایران آمده بود، از #جواد_ظریف، وزیر خارجه #جمهوری_اسلامی_ایران، پرسید: «آیا #همجنس‌گرایان در ایران برای گرایش جنسی‌شان #اعدام می‌شوند؟» این پرسش و پاسخ آن از کنفرانس خبری وزیر خارجه ایران و آلمان در خبرگزاری‌های داخل ایران حذف شده است. این نسخه از ویدیو در آلمان منتشر شده و ترجمه آلمانی و انگلیسی حرف‌های جواد ظریف همراه آن شده است. #ظریف در پاسخ گفت: «جامعه ما اصول اخلاقی دارد که بر اساس آن اصول اخلاقی، اکثریت مردم ما به حیات خودشان ادامه می‌دهند. اصول اخلاقی ما و مقررات ما، حاکم بر رفتار افراد در اماکن عمومی است و ضرورت رعایت قانون و اخلاق عمومی {را به‌همراه می‌آورد}.» #قانون_مجازات_اسلامی، تحت شرایطی مشخص مجازات‌هایی برای رابطه با همجنس از جمله اعدام تعیین کرده است. پیش از ظریف، در سال‌های اخیر محمود احمدی‌نژاد و محمد خاتمی دو رییس‌جمهور پیشین ایران نیز در تایید این قانون در ایران صحبت کرده بودند. احمدی‌نژاد حتی وجود «همجنس‌گرایان در ایران را منکر شده بود».

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