IRAN: TWO YOUNG MEN FLOGGED IN PUBLIC FOR THEFT
November 11, 2020:
The public flogging sentences for two young men were carried out on 8 November 2020 in the city of Golbahar, in northeast Iran. A Judicial Official in the province announced the public punishment saying that the flogging sentences of two young men convicted of theft were carried out in public in the city of Golbahar. In his comments carried by the state-run media, Golbahar Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor said that the men were eached flogged 74 times. (Source: Iran-HRM, 08/11/2020)
Hundreds are routinely flogged in Iran each year, sometimes in public. More than 100 “offences” are punishable by flogging under Iranian law. The offences include theft, assault, vandalism, defamation and fraud.
They also cover acts that should not be criminalized, such as adultery, intimate relationships between unmarried men and women, “breach of public morals” and consensual same-sex sexual relations. The regime regularly hands out flogging sentences to protesters, dissidents, and to those charged with adultery and theft, among other things.