IRAQ: Attacks and killings of homosexuals continue to escalate

Militia accused of kidnapping, beating and killing 40 Iraqis perceived as ‘gay’ or ‘too masculine or feminine.’

TROP  International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) says it has been told by Iraqi human rights activists that the renewed targeting started in early February this year.

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’.

Sources inside Iraq say this new surge of anti-gay violence has seen close to 40 people kidnapped, brutally tortured and murdered. IGLHCR say 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.

Gay Iraqi victim had his throat slashed but survived

According to Iraqi LGBT, since the US invasion of 2003 over 750 LGBT people were reported murdered in Iraq, many of them due to so called ‘honor killings’.

Bissam, an independent Iraqi LGBT activist, who was forced himself to flee the country and now lives in exile said: ‘This is happening all the time. ‘I had a confirmed report in October 2011 from a gay young man who lives in Baghdad, his name is Haider, that Almehdi militia are threatening that they are coming back and they will kill gays. 

According to Bissam this most frequently happening in central Iraq ‘but happens everywhere there, I don’t know about north of Iraq, but when I was in Sulaimania, one of the three big cities in north Iraq, I saw young men who looked very feminine being harassed and the arrested.’

Iraqi Gay men slaughtered in the street

The situation is getting increasingly worse reports Bissam who claims the prime minister, Nouri Al-Maliki, ‘supported by the USA and Iran,’ knows about the incidents. He claims Al-Maliki has actively campaigned for countries to repatriate Iraqi refugees fleeing such violence who ‘were detained at the airport and beaten and god knows what happens to them later’.

‘We all want to speak, put some pressure on Al-Maliki government. But the question is how? Because he knows and supports all these actions against the Iraqi LGBT, in particular and Sunna in general. Working against these people needs lots of support and real plan.’

Cary Alan Johnson, the executive director of IGLHRC said the Iraqi government must rise to its obligations as a sovereign democratic country. ‘As such, it must protect all of its citizens including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from hate-filled violence and death at the hands of armed militias,’ he said.

‘Vigilantes who perpetuate the targeted killing of those perceived to be gay or lesbian must not be tolerated in a new Iraq. We have seen these atrocities before.

‘In 2009 vigilantes murdered hundreds of Iraqi individuals for their perceived sexual orientation.




26 comments on “IRAQ: Attacks and killings of homosexuals continue to escalate

  1. The Land of the Wicked!!!

    I find it so terribly troubling and sad that these young men are just being slaughtered in the street; I don’t care that they are muslim. I doubt very much if they are even gay.

  2. Let me see if I’ve got this right: A man who buggers a 14-year-old boy is not gay, but a man who buggers his 21-year-old consenting friend is gay and must die? My God, these people are so screwed up.

  3. these evil gay islamaphobes!!! How dare they complain about poor muslims doing their cultural thing. Besides islam is the religion of peace, just ask the pink shirts for palistine (or whatever the lesbians call themselves). Sheese, the poor muslims are just being diversified after all, move along, nothing to see here. (sarcasm off now).

    Wonder if the gay and lesbian groups are going to get the real message of islam by this? prob not, it’ll still be the Jews or those even more evil Christians. I shall keep my sympathy for when they “get it” that muslims hate everything “non the right type of islam”. Until then, my thoughts are better used elsewhere for good.

    The Infidel

  4. What a load of crap. These people will put their appendage into anything – including male/female animal, vegetable or anything that will do the trick. Then they want to kill gay people. They are so wicked. So vile. So two faced.So totally out of kilter with the rest of the planet.

    • Dear Therese,
      Don’t you understand??? These people are SUPERIOR~! They have the word of ALLAH, the kuran and they follow the one perfect man that ever lived, even over and above The Christ, per their kuran, their ahadith and sunah~! And if anyone even DARES to think or tell them otherwise, they’ll kill the antagonist to prove the right of their stance~! ( Barf Attack )
      @ Perceptor1,,, no, muzzies have no decency and no sense of shame~! Their superiority does not require nor PERMIT such concepts into their idiology ~! (Idiotic ideology)
      BUT~! I have yet to meet a muzzie that floated into his pants in the morning,,, or anyone else, for that matter~!

  5. YOO HOO! Gays for PALESTINE!!!

    How about helping someone with REAL problems!

    Islam is the problem!

    Mozzies, have you no shame? Have you no decency?

  6. What is the definition of homosexual in Iraq? At what age? With whom? What class? What closed area?
    Hippocrates at their lamest.

  7. The following story from Germany is horrific beyond belief.

    In deference to sensitive readers, I have placed the most gruesome details below the fold…

    We ask everyone, please broadcast this — send it to your regional newspapers. There must be an outcry and the long overdue discussion of how to deal with this kind of behavior.

    We are not talking about an isolated incident. It is happening everywhere in Europe — from England to Sweden.

  8. Isn’t there a brain cell in the collective bunch??? With knowing the penalty for homosexuality, these individuals are actually committing SUICIDE, and that, by remaining in the country, remaining in the ideology, and not leaving for countries where if not welcomed, it’s at least tolerated by the majority of the predominant religion~! In ANY case, the death penalty is not demanded for such behavior~!
    I am “Straight” myself, and have no “truck” with homosexuality, but I am not going to commit murder because of the sexual orientation of someone else – THAT is THEIR cross to bear – G-D knows, I have enough trouble living my own life, let alone someone else’s~!~!
    The insanity of this whole scenario, including the “baghi barzi boys” just boggles my mind beyond understanding – and I KNOW I have not spelled that term correctly – assistance needed.

  9. Judging by the various clips we’ve seen of the Dancing Boys, etc., how can they possibly decide who’s gay and who isn’t? Aren’t they all?

    • Mary, under Islam, children under 18 who are used for sex are not considered gay, nor are their adult abusers.

  10. I’m sure when Hildabeest gets some spare time away from the “Istanbul Process” she will address the genocide being waged against Christians as well in muslim majority countries. Yeah right. Sen. Dick Turbin (D) IL tried to block funding for USCIRF, the only federal agency monitoring religious freedom worldwide, as a sop to his islamist BFFs back in Chicago. Seems USCIRF’s findings were making the current administration “uncomfortable.” Where is the outcry from cair and the oic.

  11. i really don’t know what to say except hide and stay away from your families an leave that section of iraq. they insurgent said they would wait until the Americans left.

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