Beirut - Iraqi militias are carrying out a spreading campaign of torture and murder against men suspected of homosexual conduct, or of not being "manly" enough, and Iraq authorities have done nothing to stop the killing, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Human Rights Watch called on Iraq's government to act urgently to rein in militia abuses, punish the perpetrators, and stop a new resurgence of violence that threatens all Iraqis' safety. 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.
Congress to help protect the lives of persecuted lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT individuals at risk of grave human rights abuses in Iraq. LGBT people in Iraq have long been persecuted. But the rising tide of turmoil today puts many at imminent risk of death. While the conflict in Iraq has placed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis at risk of serious human rights violations, LGBT Iraqis face unique threats to their safety. In addition, escape to previously safer areas, such as Iraqi Kurdistan, has been curtailed by the conflict. Unlike other groups, such as women or ethnic and religious minorities, LGBT people have little communal safety or protection from family, tribal or community members. Once exposed, family and community members, along with the authorities, are often complicit in abuses against LGBT individuals.
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The Iraqi Penal Code does not expressly prohibit consensual same-sex sexual relations. However, there have been numerous reports in recent years of non-state actors ordering the executions of men and women for same-sex intimacy. The US Department of State Human Rights Report on Iraq states that the authorities relied on public indecency or prostitution charges to prosecute same-sex sexual activity. ISIS and other Militant groups executed persons who were accused of homosexual activity. According to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in Iraq established an inter-ministerial committee on LGBT rights in order to examine ways in which those rights could be better protected.
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