Fliers, Videos Reveal Ongoing Death Campaign Against Iraqi Gays

The BBC posted disturbing video of what they say is a young Iraqi gay man being forced to strip at a police post for wearing women's clothes. 

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They report that these sorts of videos are circulated on mobile phones in the country: "The sobbing boy, who appears to be about 12, tries to explain that his family made him do it to earn money, as they have no other source of income. The scene, apparently filmed in a police post, reinforced reports of a campaign against gay men in Iraq which activists say has claimed the lives of more than 60 since December."

The L.A. Times reports that fliers have been posted around Sadr City in eastern Baghdad threatening death to homosexuals:

"'If you don't cease your perverted acts, you will get your fair punishment,' read the warnings, which were posted on walls on a variety of streets around the neighborhood. On some were scrawled the names of two or three local men suspected of being gay, says one resident, who estimates he saw about 15 names in all. The fliers were signed by a previously unknown group calling itself the Platoons of Righteousness. In addition, graffiti reading 'we will get you, puppies' -- a derogatory Iraqi term for gays -- was sprayed on walls in red paint. Residents said the fliers and graffiti were removed after a few hours, though it wasn't clear by whom."

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Posted April 20, 2009 at 10:19am ETC by Andy Towle
in crime, gay rights, Iraq, News