July 26, 2016
This report sets out the research findings of Outright International in relation to the human rights of lesbians in Iran, in law, policy, and practice. The report begins with a consideration of the legal-political environment relevant to lesbians in Iran; it then examines the human rights violations and abuses that lesbians face in many areas of their lives. The report concludes with a series of recommendations, to the Iranian authorities and the international community, to support the cause of lesbian rights in Iran.
Lesbian community members in the Islamic Republic of Iran are subjected to a confluence of legal discrimination, social harassment, domestic abuse, and acts of violence, inflicted by both state officials and private citizens.