Elham Choubdar was released

Elham Choubdar, an LGBTQ+ activist who was sentenced to death on charges of “promoting homosexuality” in Iran, has been released from custody. This was reported by Pink News.

Choubdar was arrested in 2021, along with Sareh Sedighi-Hamadani, on charges of “corruption on Earth” for promoting homosexuality and Christianity, as well as communicating with the media opposing the Islamic Republic. 

Amnesty International reported in January that Iran had overturned the death sentence for both women. Choubdar was released on Monday (13 March) after her bail of one billion rial was paid. 

The release of Choubdar is being celebrated by human rights groups as a significant victory for LGBTQ+ rights in Iran.

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