The United Nations says it is "deeply concerned" about the sentencing to death of two Iranian LGBTQIA+ rights activists. The two women had been accused of promoting homosexuality.
Zahra Sedighi Hamedani, 31, and Elham Chubdar, 24, were sentenced to death by a court in the northwestern city of Urmia.
"We are deeply concerned at the death sentences issued against two LGBT activists in Iran," Liz Throssell, spokeswoman for the UN human rights office, said.
She regretted that the two women had been convicted "on the vague and broadly formulated charge" of 'corruption on earth' following a trial that lacked due process, she said.
Such charges are often made in Iran against people accused of violating religious laws.
Homosexuality is banned in Iran, but the sentences handed down against the two women are unusually severe.