Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2015-08-26
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Rights group reports murders of Iraq gays and lesbians
From the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
2012-03-05

facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission has received reports from Iraq of a wave of targeted killings of individuals who are perceived to be gay or lesbian.

According to Iraqi human rights activists, in early February 2012, an unidentified group posted death threats against "the adulterous individuals" in the pre-dominantly Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad and Basra. The threats gave the individuals, whose names and ages were listed, four days to stop their behavior or else face the wrath of God, and were to be carried out by the Mujahedin.

According to sources inside Iraq, as the result of this new surge of anti-gay violence close to 40 people have been kidnapped, brutally tortured and murdered. The Iraqi authorities have neither responded to this targeted violence nor have they publically denounced it. It is widely believed that these atrocities are being committed by a group of the Shiite militia.

Statement from Cary Alan Johnson, Executive Director,

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

Today the Government of Iraq represents a fully sovereign and democratic country. As such, it must protect all of its citizens including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from hate-filled violence and death at the hands of armed militias. Vigilantes who perpetuate the targeted killing of those perceived to be gay or lesbian must not be tolerated in a new Iraq. We have seen these atrocities before. In 2009 vigilantes murdered hundreds of Iraqi individuals for their perceived sexual orientation. There are no excuses for such heinous human rights violations. We demand that the Iraqi Government put a stop to the wanton persecution and killing of gay people, and that the perpetrators punished.

Statement from Hossein Alizadeh, Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

The Iraqi government is responsible for the protection of all Iraqi citizens, including the members of the gay and lesbian community. We call on the Iraqi authorities to immediately intervene to protect the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and to bring to justice those who are responsible for these atrocities. We particularly demand the Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights denounce the anti-gay violence in Iraq and launch an official investigation into these heinous crimes.

For background regarding incidents in 2009 go to:

www.iglhrc.org/cgi-bin/iowa/article/takeaction/partners/889.html .

www.iglhrc.org/cgi-bin/iowa/article/pressroom/multimediaarchives/961.html .

*****

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), founded in 1990, is a leading international human rights organization dedicated to improving the lives of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. We are dedicated to strengthening the capacity of the LGBT human rights movement worldwide to conduct documentation of LGBT human rights violations and by engaging in human rights advocacy with partners around the globe. We work with the United Nations, regional human rights monitoring bodies and civil society partners. IGLHRC holds consultative status at the United Nations as a recognized Non-Governmental Organization representing the concerns and human rights of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender people worldwide. For more information visit: www.iglhrc.org .


facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Project Fierce Chicago buys building in North Lawndale 2015-08-28
Chicago panel calls for awareness, action for murdered Black trans women 2015-08-27
Virginia shooter gay, manifesto says 2015-08-26
Transgender murders in Aurora, IL and Kansas City, MO 2015-08-26
Homeland Security raids Rentboy.com offices in New York 2015-08-26
THEATER REVIEW Chicago's Role in the Crime of the Century 2015-08-26
National: Hillary; Texas hate crime; Trump; 18th trans murder 2015-08-25
World: Murder suspect charged; fashion figure fired; Montreal parade 2015-08-25
LGBT groups join Amnesty International in call to decriminalize sex work 2015-08-25
UN brief to include ISIS terror against LGBTIs 2015-08-21
Rauner signs anti-conversion therapy bill 2015-08-20
Social Security will retroactively grant spousal benefits in Lambda case 2015-08-20
City of Chicago immigrant reform plan unveiled 2015-08-20
Queer woman talks activism, being undocumented 2015-08-19
IGLHRC launches Ugandan campaign 2015-08-19
LGBTQs in LA protest homicides targeting transgender people 2015-08-18
National roundup: Ohio ruling; trans candidate; Missouri murder 2015-08-18
ASK LAMBDA LEGAL The Equality Act 2015-08-18
NCAVP mourns deaths across the nation 2015-08-18
Tidwell missing after several days 2015-08-17
Charles Schwab hosts event about marriage equality 2015-08-12
13th trans woman murdered in U.S. 2015-08-12
Trans immigrants in custody are subject of U.S. House briefing 2015-08-12
Healthcare decision-making for the LGBTQ community 2015-08-12
Upcoming: Dancing Fest; Chicago Fringe; Treasure Island; Bette; WildClaw 2015-08-12
Religious freedom, conversion therapy among event's issues 2015-08-11
Attorney calls for trans-related legal challenges 2015-08-10
McCarter introduces 'religious freedom' bill 2015-08-10
LGBT Equality Institute in Springfield welcomes experts, activists 2015-08-08
Landmark agreement reached on investigatory stops in Chicago 2015-08-07
Corporate giants support Comprehensive Federal LGBT Non-Discrimination Law 2015-08-06
Preckwinkle, Garcia announce $500,000 fund for restorative justice 2015-08-06
LGBTQ Groups endorse Voting Rights Act Restoration 2015-08-05
Demystifying sexual abuse in the LGBTQ community 2015-08-05
Upcoming: Event for veterans' supporters on Aug. 9 2015-08-05
Attorney/activist works with marginalized communities 2015-08-05
Velvet Rope owner pleads guilty to arson and fraud 2015-08-04
LGBT and other groups back Planned Parenthood 2015-08-02
Lambda Legal Midwest Region welcomes Garner Fellow Aisha Davis 2015-07-31
Six stabbed in repeat attack at Jerusalem Pride 2015-07-31
 



Copyright © 2015 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.