(LGBT SPECIAL) NEWS: Gay Iraqi men targeted in killing crusade

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International organization Human Rights Watch said Iraqi militias have launched a crusade against homosexuals and men who are not “manly” enough by torturing and murdering them. Ninety gay men have been killed alone since January of this year, while hundreds of others have been targeted and murdered since 2004.

In a 67-page report titled They Want Us Exterminated: Murder, Torture, Sexual Orientation and Gender in Iraq and released today (17 July), the organization outlines recent cases where men have been targeted as recent as January of this year in Baghdad, where assaults are more prevalent, as well as Kirkuk, Najaf and Basra. Members of the Mehdi Army militia group are believed to be leading the gruesome operation, HRW states in the report.

“Murders are committed with impunity, admonitory in intent with corpses dumped in garbage or hung as warnings on the street.” Men suspected of homosexuality are kidnapped from their homes, interrogated and abused in order to obtain the names of more homosexual men. Abuse has included death by gluing the men’s anuses and then force-feeding them laxatives.  

Heterosexual men seen as too feminine or as not masculine enough are also being targeted “suggesting how concerns about an Iraq where men are no longer masculine drive the death squads.”  

Interestingly enough, the report states that the terrorizers do not know or use the word “gay” but instead resort to terms like “soft,” the third sex” and “puppy,” a term implying immaturity and a lack of humanity.

The killings have also sparked a modern day witch hunt, as parents and brothers threaten their family members with honor killings when their sons or brothers’ “unmanly behavior” threatens a family’s reputation.  

HRW urges Iraq’s leaders to put a stop to the hate and violence against these men.


– JD

One Response to “(LGBT SPECIAL) NEWS: Gay Iraqi men targeted in killing crusade”

  1. If you want to practically help send some $$$ the way of ‘Iraqi LGBT’ http://iraqilgbtuk.blogspot.com

    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.

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