Gender Cleansing Underway in Iraq

Militiamen are torturing and killing gay Iraqi men with impunity in a systematic campaign that has spread from Baghdad to several other cities, a prominent human rights group said in a report.

The bodies of several gay men were found in Baghdad’s main Shiite district of Sadr City earlier this year with the Arabic words for “pervert” and “puppy” – considered derogatory terms for homosexuals in Iraq – written on their chests.

The New York-based advocacy group said the threats and abuses have since spread to the cities of Kirkuk, Najaf and Basra, although the practice remains concentrated in the capital.

“Murders are committed with impunity, admonitory in intent, with corpses dumped in garbage or hung as warnings on the street,” the 67-page report said.

Comments

  1. #1 Rob Jase
    August 17, 2009

    I read that earlier today on AOL. The Christofascists were cheering their fundie brothers on.

    Damned fatwa envy, shows what the Religious Reich would do to the US if they had their way.

  2. #2 Bill James
    August 18, 2009

    Another complimentary Bill James link assist:

    They Want Us Exterminated” | Human Rights Watch

    This 67-page report documents a wide-reaching campaign of extrajudicial executions, kidnappings, and torture of gay men that began in early 2009. The killings began in the vast Baghdad neighborhood of Sadr City, a stronghold of Moqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army militia, and spread to many cities across Iraq. Mahdi Army spokesmen have promoted fears about the “third sex” and the “feminization” of Iraq men, and suggested that militia action was the remedy. Some people told Human Rights Watch that Iraqi security forces have colluded and joined in the killing.

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  3. #3 Richard Eis
    August 19, 2009

    or people that were suspected of being gay. Or were a bit effeminate. Or someone in authority didn’t like them perhaps?