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Hundreds Tortured and Killed in Iraq for suspicion of Being Gay
August 17, 2009, 2:38 pm
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 Iraq (CNN) — Hundreds of gay men have been tortured and killed in Iraq in recent months, some by the nation’s security forces, Human Rights Watch said Monday.


Interviews with doctors indicate hundreds of men had been killed, but the exact number was unclear because of the stigma associated with homosexuality in Iraq, the New York-based watchdog group said in its report.

“Iraq’s leaders are supposed to defend all Iraqis, not abandon them to armed agents of hate,” said Scott Long, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Program at Human Rights Watch. “Turning a blind eye to torture and murder threatens the rights and life of every Iraqi.”

Four victims who spoke to CNN gave accounts of the attacks, which they say have intensified in the past few months.


“In 2004, militias and unknown groups started to go after the gays … but the peak was six months ago,” said Qaisar, who uses a pseudonym for fear of reprisal. “It has become wide scale war against gays in Iraq.”

Iraqi officials acknowledged that the nation’s culture stigmatizes homosexuality, but said the government does not condone such attacks. Authorities are unable to provide homosexuals with special protection, said government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh.

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Comment by y?

If you want to practically help send some $$$ the way of ‘Iraqi LGBT’

They run safe houses inside Iraq as well as supporting refugees in the rest of the middle east.

Whilst the HRW report is good news for raising the profile of the pogrom, only Iraqi LGBT is actually supporting people (saving them from murder) inside the country. But funds are scarce and they consequently have to turn people away.

To find out more, read their annual report which is published on their website.

Comment by paul canning

A man with a cause

Comment by Marko

funny, this stuff goes on all over the muslim world every day and nobody pays attention.

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