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Lesbian Detained in Iran, Fears for Life

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Iranian Lesbian and Transgender Network (6RANG). She had been living in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region and was attempting to enter Turkey to seek asylum, but she had to cross through Iran, which has draconian anti-LGBTQ+ laws.

She had previously been detained for three weeks by police in Kurdistan after giving an interview to the BBC about the oppression of LGBTQ+ people there.6RANG has now put out a series of video clips recorded by Sareh shortly before she left Kurdistan and shortly after she entered Iran.

She said she expected to be arrested in Iran and that if she did not arrive in Turkey, “it is clear what happened to me.”She said the 21 days she was jailed in Kurdistan felt like 21 years, and that she received electric shocks.

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