The United States accused Iran of violating fundamental human rights after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif endorsed the execution of gay people, Deutsche Welle reported.
Zarif defended his country's policies at a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Tehran on June 10. Zarif said, in part, "Our society has moral principles. And we live according to these principles. These are moral principles concerning the behavior of people in general."
Iranian writer/activist Shadi Amin ( who resides in Germany ) was among those upset by Zarif's comments. Amin said, "Humiliation, repression and sexual harassment of a particular social group should be viewed critically and prohibited by law." The German foreign ministry's Michael Roth also slammed his statements, telling the publication Bild, "In Iran and seven other countries worldwide, homosexuals face the death penalty. That is inhuman and completely unacceptable." However, Roth's comments came after Maas was criticized by German politicians for not addressing the issue at the time.
The full article is at www.dw.com/en/iran-defends-execution-of-gay-people/a-49144899 .