Alireza Fazeli Monfared, a 20 year old Iranian youth, was beheaded by his brother and cousins because of his sexual orientation.

His brutal murder was considered by his family to be an honour killing.

At around 7pm on Tuesday evening, the day of his murder, Alireza spoke to his mother on the phone for the last time.

Alireza had been planning to flee Iran and join his boyfriend as a refugee in Turkey before his death. His partner, activist Aghil Bayat, told Iranian LGBT+ network 6rang that the killers called Alireza’s mother directly after the murder and told her where to find his body.

Rest in power, Alireza.

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