Two women were sentenced to death in Iran in recent days on charges of “corruption of the land” and human trafficking, Reuters reported, citing the state news agency IRNA.
According to some human rights groups, the two women are activists in support of the LGBT community.
“Contrary to news published online, the convicts tricked and transferred young women and girls out of the country, promising them opportunities for education and work. This led to the suicide of several of their victims,” IRNA said.
“Corruption on the ground” is a term Iranian authorities use to refer to a wide range of crimes, including those related to Islamic morality, Reuters noted.
In March, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said homosexuality was part of widespread “moral decay” in the West.
According to the Iranian legal system, homosexual acts can be punished by death. Western human rights organizations often criticize Iran for its treatment of the LGBT community, Reuters notes.