Iran: UN Economic and Social Council Offer Concluding Observations

Recommends Repealing Discriminatory Legislation Regarding SOGI

United Nations Economic and Social Council
Concluding Observations on the Second Periodic Report of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Adopted by the Committee at its Fiftieth Session (29 April-17 May 2013)

The Islamic Republic of Iran has been a State party to the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) since 1975. In May of 2012, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) submitted a report to the Pre-Sessional Working Group of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) on the occasion of the second periodic review of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The submission specifically addressed the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in Iran.

IGLHRC's submission, along with other civil society groups' reports on the LGBT situation in Iran, informed the strong recommendation on this issue made in the United Nations Economic and Social Council's Concluding Observation’s, Adopted by the Committee at its Fiftieth Session (29 April-17 May 2013):

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The Committee recommends that the State party repeal or amend all legislation that results or could result in discrimination, prosecution and punishment of people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Committee recommends that the State party take steps to combat and prevent discrimination and societal stigma against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and ensure their enjoyment of all the rights enshrined in the Covenant, including unhindered access to employment, social services, health care and education, in line with article 2, paragraph 2, of the Covenant and the Committee’s general comment No. 20 (2009) on non-discrimination in economic, social and cultural rights.