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Killings, kidnappings and torture of suspected homosexuals are escalating.

Original post made by Ths Has Got To STOP!, Downtown, on Aug 17, 2009

Gay men attacked, executed in Iraq, rights group says.

Different Country, same mentality towards GAYS!


STORY HIGHLIGHTS

*Human Rights Watch says people are targeted on the streets and interrogated.

*Group: Killings, kidnappings and torture of suspected homosexuals are escalating.

*Attacks against civilians, including homosexuals, not allowed, Iraq spokesman says.

"Men have been threatened with "honor killings" by relatives worried that their "unmanly behavior" will ruin the family's reputation, Human Rights Watch said"

"Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia, which is active in Sadr City, has joined in the attacks and defends its actions as a way to stop the "feminization" of Iraqi men, the report said"



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.

According to Human Rights Watch, which is urging a government crackdown, attackers target people on the streets or storm homes, where they conduct interrogations and demand names of suspected gay men. Many end up in hospitals and morgues, the organization said, basing its conclusion on reports from doctors.

Men have been threatened with "honor killings" by relatives worried that their "unmanly behavior" will ruin the family's reputation, Human Rights Watch said. Watch Iraqi men discuss attacks
Killings, kidnappings and torture of those suspected of homosexual conduct have intensified in areas such as the Baghdad neighborhood of Sadr City, the watchdog said.

"The Shiite people started this war and especially what happened in Sadr City," Qaisar said, adding that his sister-in-law had warned him against going to the area.

Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia, which is active in Sadr City, has joined in the attacks and defends its actions as a way to stop the "feminization" of Iraqi men, the report said.
"We have testimony that indicates that the nation's security forces are taking part in the attacks," Long said.

The group interviewed more than 50 people who gave accounts of abuses, beatings and stops at security checkpoints, he said.
"When the gay killings started and when they started go(ing) after them at checkpoints ... we started to change our look," said Basim, who also used a pseudonym.

"These killings point to the continuing and lethal failure of Iraq's post-occupation authorities to establish the rule of law and protect their citizens," said Rasha Moumneh, Middle East researcher for Human Rights Watch.

A provision from the Saddam Hussein era endorses crimes committed "with honorable motives," according to the organization.

The government spokesman said the provision was popular during the Saddam era, but is not used today. He added that there is a push to educate police about human rights.
Attacks against civilians, including homosexuals, are not allowed, al-Dabbagh said.

Comments (7)

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Posted by Amy
a resident of Old Towne
on Aug 17, 2009 at 10:05 am

This is very upsetting and I don't think too far from universal sediment towards Gay People.

This isn't too far from what would be happening here in the US IF we allowed it. The sediment towards Gays is pretty nasty!

Considering that WE are at War to ensure Human Rights, this is yet another example that we really can not police the entire world either on our dime.

The part about FAMILIES participated in mercy killings of their own, is not too far from the mentality here in the US. Some families choose to emotionally kill their offspring for being Gay.

As a society, we INJUR the spirit of Gays and deny their rights to laws and rights afforded people who COMPLY with society's standards.


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Posted by Harvey Milk
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 17, 2009 at 10:44 am

Amy,

what in the world are you talking about? your little ditty up above made almost no sense. please explain what you are trying to say as i know of no mass killings of homosexuals in the US.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 17, 2009 at 11:44 am

Web Link= Southern Poverty Law Center HATE WATCH.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 17, 2009 at 11:51 am

Web Link

The above is what I meant to post!


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Posted by PToWN94566
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 17, 2009 at 12:08 pm

PToWN94566 is a registered user.

"Harvey Milk" (I'm curious as to why you are even using that name), Amy is simply speaking about the families that shun their children away from being gay and pretty much disown them. The words 'emotionally kill' should have tipped you off. Families are not just responsible for this, but religions as well (I'll bet sooner than later someone will be mad for the word usage of religion). It's pretty well known that the Mormon religion, as a whole, despises gay people. From what I've heard from friends that are or were Mormon and read online, people have been told that they can stay with the religion as long as they are celibate, or they are simply excommunicated. (Doesn't sound like a group I want to belong too).

Amy is dead on; the mentality is here in the U.S. takes on the emotional kill instead of simply offing someone with a weapon. "Mormonism does not tolerate gays and lesbians. Any Mormon member that confesses homosexuality is automatically forced to appear in front of Church Courts. These Courts then decide whether the homosexual transgressions merit either excommunication or dis-fellowshipping. Mormons who have practiced homosexual intercourse with the same sex are automatically excommunicated. Mormonism may claim they love homosexuals and their "problems", but the truth is that there are no homosexual Mormons, only homosexuals pretending to be Mormons. "

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Posted by Lee
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 19, 2009 at 10:24 am

So much fear and hatred in the world..here and in the Middle East. It is sad. I agree that we cannot police the whole world. Neither can we change cultures that have a "no homosexuals in our land" kind of mentality. Human rights is an idea of Western Culture, not the Middle Eastern Cultures. Until we get that, we will continue to think we can change the Middle Eastern Cultures.


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Posted by Wolfgang
a resident of another community
on Aug 21, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Lee wrote, "Neither can we change cultures that have a "no homosexuals in our land" kind of mentality."

I believe we *can* change them; not by *trying* to change them, but by setting an example.

But first we have to get our act together here at home.


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