Exterminating Lesbian, Gay, and Transgendered Iraqis

| 8/17/2009 12:51:16 PM

Tags: Politics, Iraq, social justice, international, sexuality, LGBT, Human Rights Watch,

Campaign of Sexual Cleansing in IraqThe detention, torture, and murder of lesbian, gay, and transgendered people in Iraq is the subject of a Human Rights Watch report released this week. We've reported on the slow response of the human rights community to sexual cleansing in Iraq, and we've reported on the brutal torture techniques captured on video and distributed via cell phone as a warning to members of what some iraqis call the "third sex." The Human Rights Watch Report, They Want Us Exterminated: Murder, Torture, Sexual Orientation and Gender in Iraq, contains several terrible survivor stories and implicates the militias, political, cultural, and religious leaders, and the Iraqi government in no uncertain terms.

The horrors detailed in the report are numbing. Here is an excerpt from the testimony of a man we only know as "Nuri":

I was in a taxi in the middle of Karada when special police stopped the car, asked me for my ID, and searched me. They took my phone and my wallet, and handcuffed me. They put a bag over my head, hit me and put me in a car. They took me to the Ministry of Interior.

They put me in a room, a regular room, took the bag off my head, and there I was with five other gay men.

…They separated us and put each in a room … a police officer came and said. "Do you know where you are? You are in the interrogation wing of the Ministry of Interior." He told me, "If you have ten thousand US dollars, we will let you go." 

I said I didn't have that kind of money.

10/2/2009 4:57:31 AM

thy do you like to hlpe plepo

8/25/2009 11:05:04 AM

and I complain about petty slights in Atlanta.....

8/24/2009 11:17:02 PM

Thats why you dont get rid of a dictator in these parts you dumb f----

paul canning
8/18/2009 3:19:02 PM

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.