The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission has today received reports from Iraq of a wave of targeted killings of individuals who are perceived to be gay or lesbian. According to Iraqi human rights activists, in early February 2012, an unidentified group posted death threats against "the adulterous individuals" in the predominantly Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad and Basra. The threats gave the individuals, whose names and ages were listed, four days to stop their behavior or else face the wrath of God, and were to be carried out by the Mujahedin. According to sources inside Iraq, as the result of this new surge of anti-gay violence close to 40 people have been kidnapped, brutally tortured and murdered. The Iraqi authorities have neither responded to this targeted violence nor have they publicly denounced it. It is widely believed that these atrocities are being committed by a group of the Shiite militia.More
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
New wave of attacks against LGBT community in Iraq
It's not just gays or lesbians. Even teenagers who are considered 'emo' have been targeted in Sadr City by the Mahdi Army, some smashed in the head with concrete blocks. They call them jrawa (lit. puppies), and they have actively been hunting them down since 2008/2009. There was a fatwa on Sistani's website back in 2006 to kill homosexuals, though it was later removed after western media coverage.