|14th September |
Iraq vigilantes torture and kill gays identified from internet forums
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Based on article from
guardian.co.uk See also Wave of Homophobia Sweeps the Muslim World from
Sitting on the floor, wearing traditional Islamic clothes and holding an old notebook, Abu Hamizi, 22, spends at least six hours a day searching internet chatrooms linked to gay websites. He is not looking for new friends, but for victims.
is the easiest way to find those people who are destroying Islam and who want to dirty the reputation we took centuries to build up, he said. When he finds them, Hamizi arranges for them to be attacked and sometimes killed.
Made up of
hardline extremists, Hamizi's group and others like it are believed to be responsible for the deaths of more than 130 gay Iraqi men since the beginning of the year alone.
The deputy leader of the group, which is based in Baghdad, explained its
campaign using a stream of homophobic invective. Animals deserve more pity than the dirty people who practise such sexual depraved acts, he told the Observer: We make sure they know why they are being held and give them the chance to ask God's
forgiveness before they are killed.
The killings are brutal, with victims ritually tortured. Azhar al-Saeed's son was one. "He didn't follow what Islamic doctrine tells but he was a good son," she said. Three days after
his kidnapping, I found a note on my door with blood spread over it and a message saying it was my son's purified blood and telling me where to find his body.
She went with police to find her son's remains: We found his body with signs of
torture, his anus filled with glue and without his genitals. I will carry this image with me until my dying day.
|13th July |
Iraqi Shia militia said to be targeting and killing gays
Thanks to Alan
article from iraqoilreport.com
Iraqi gays are being targeted and killed in what rights campaigners say is some of the worst violence against the community in recent years.
At least 68 gay and transgendered men have been killed over the last four months, according to the
London-based rights advocacy group Iraqi LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender), bringing the total number of killings of Iraqis because of their sexuality to 678 since 2004.
New York-based Human Rights Watch, which recently conducted field
investigations on the violence, estimates that hundreds of homosexual men may have been killed in recent months. Scott Long, a senior Human Rights Watch representative, described the killings as an extraordinarily brutal campaign targeting gay,
transgender and effeminate men in several provinces.
Iraqi LGBT and HRW believe that Shia militias are the primary perpetrators of the violence and say the majority of killings have occurred in Shia areas in south/central Iraq (including the
towns of Ammarah, Najaf, Karbala and Basra) and Baghdad's Sadr City district, the stronghold of the Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army.
While no group has said it's behind the killings, Iraqi LGBT and HRW believe that elements of the Mehdi
Army may be among the militants implicated in the violence, particularly in Sadr City.
Long suggested that some members of Mehdi Army were trying to act as agents of moral regeneration in an attempt to regain some control over Shia
neighbourhoods, following massive military operations that weakened the militia: It is pretty clear that sermons started being preached in Shia mosques, particularly ones in areas that are heavily influenced by the Sadrists earlier this year, on the
dangers of homosexuality [in the weeks prior to the wave of killings].
|22nd April |
Iraqi vigilantes terrorise gays in Baghdad
Thanks to Alan
Based on article
See also Mobile Footage of Gay Men
Abused Circulates in Baghdad from news.bbc.co.uk
Threatening fliers have been posted around the impoverished Shiite enclave of Sadr City in eastern Baghdad targeting homosexuals, according to residents.
If you don't cease your perverted acts, you will get your fair punishment, read the
warnings, which were posted on walls on a variety of streets around the neighborhood.
On some were scrawled the names of two or three local men suspected of being gay. The fliers were signed by a previously unknown group calling itself the
Platoons of Righteousness.
In addition, graffiti reading we will get you, puppies -- a derogatory Iraqi term for gays -- was sprayed on walls in red paint.
Residents said the fliers and graffiti were removed after a few hours,
though it wasn't clear by whom.
Police said the bodies of three slain men who were suspected of being gay were found earlier this month in Sadr City, and news reports say at least 25 homosexual men have been murdered in Baghdad over the last two
Is this Horror for Real?
22nd April 2009. Based on
article from towleroad.com
Thanks to Alan
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission writes: The following is a translation of a story from Alarabiya, a UAE-based media network, which was published on its Arabic website a few hours ago. While IGLHRC
has not verified all of the allegations, many are consistent with patterns of human rights violations being reported from within the country:
A prominent Iraqi human rights activist says that Iraqi militia have deployed
a painful form of torture against homosexuals by closing their anuses using Iranian gum. ... Yina Mohammad told Alarabiya.net that: Iraqi militias have deployed an unprecedented form of torture against homosexuals by using a very strong glue
that will close their anus.
According to her, the new substance is known as the American hum, which is an Iranian-manufactured glue that if applied to the skin, sticks to it and can only be removed by surgery.
After they glue the anuses of homosexuals, they give them a drink that causes diarrhea. Since the anus is closed, the diarrhea causes death. Videos of this form of torture are being distributed on mobile cellphones in Iraq.
According to this human rights activist, for the past 3 weeks a crackdown on homosexuals has been going on based on a religious decree that demands their death; dozens have been targeted. She says that the persecution of homosexuals
is not confined to the Shiite clerics. Some Sunni leaders have also declared the death penalty for sodomy on satellite channels.
|9th April |
Six men shot in Iraq for being gay
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article from edition.cnn.com
Confusion grows over reports of gay executions in Iraq from pinknews.co.uk
Six gay men were shot dead by members of their tribe in two separate incidents in the past 10 days, an official with Iraq's Interior ministry said.
In the most recent attack, two men were killed in Sadr City area of Baghdad after they were
disowned by relatives, the official said.
The shootings came after a tribal meeting was held and the members decided to go after the victims.
On March 26, four additional men were fatally shot in the same city, the official said, adding
that the victims had also been disowned by their relatives.
Witnesses told CNN that a Sadr City cafe, which was a popular gathering spot for gays, was also set on fire.