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Report: Iraqi Militia Killing Gay Men with Painful Anal Glue Torture

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission writes: "The following is a translation of a story from Alarabiya, a UAE-based media network, which was published on its Arabic website a few hours ago. While IGLHRC has not verified all of the allegations, many are consistent with patterns of human rights violations being reported from within the country."

Sadrcity The translation:

"A prominent Iraqi human rights activist says that Iraqi militia have deployed a painful form of torture against homosexuals by closing their anuses using 'Iranian gum.' ... Yina Mohammad told that, 'Iraqi militias have deployed an unprecedented form of torture against homosexuals by using a very strong glue that will close their anus.' According to her, the new substance 'is known as the American hum, which is an Iranian-manufactured glue that if applied to the skin, sticks to it and can only be removed by surgery. After they glue the anuses of homosexuals, they give them a drink that causes diarrhea. Since the anus is closed, the diarrhea causes death. Videos of this form of torture are being distributed on mobile cellphones in Iraq.' According to this human rights activist, for the past 3 weeks a crackdown on homosexuals has been going on based on a religious decree that demands their death; dozens have been targeted. She says that the persecution of homosexuals is not confined to the Shiite clerics. Some Sunni leaders have also declared the death penalty for sodomy on satellite channels."

Earlier today I posted disturbing BBC video of a young Iraqi man being forced to strip at a police stop for wearing women's clothes, as well as reports of fliers being posted around Baghdad's Sadr City (above) threatening death to homosexuals.

I've reposted the BBC report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. just omg.

    violence srsly is never the answer, however, i hope these murderers lives are crushed, their families mangled, in fact cut out the entire nation, and rid the world of their filth.

    Posted by: Lance | Apr 20, 2009 6:57:40 PM

  2. If accurate, that's about one of the most horrible things I've ever read.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 20, 2009 6:59:49 PM

  3. Those people aren't even human over there. I think I've heard the worst form of torture now. :(

    Posted by: simone | Apr 20, 2009 7:15:21 PM

  4. This report is truly horrifying.

    But the comment below is equally disturbing.

    "cut out the entire nation, and rid the world of their filth."

    And no thought to the fact that an entire nation, including all of its social, ethnic and cultural diversity, would be wiped off the face of the earth. The irony is that this is just the kind of fundamentalist attitude Al Qaeda expresses about the US.

    Posted by: Lewis Payton | Apr 20, 2009 7:18:02 PM

  5. Thank God we went over there to deliver Freedom and Democracy. Our troops died so that we permit the killing of more people.

    Posted by: Paul | Apr 20, 2009 7:27:08 PM

  6. @ SIMONE

    "Those people aren't even human over there."

    Trust me - "They" don't own the patent on inhumane treatment (of gay people, or any people for that matter). Abu Ghraib ring any bells with you?

    Your 'those people over there' is *almost* as disturbing as the horrific atrocities carried out against gay people in Iraq.

    Posted by: Gregus | Apr 20, 2009 7:29:45 PM

  7. This is terrible. I suggest that the Queer community respond the way they it always does: condemn the US and Israel!

    I see Paul has already gotten us started.

    Posted by: Jane | Apr 20, 2009 7:34:48 PM

  8. And as usual, Obama is silent.

    Posted by: Matt | Apr 20, 2009 7:47:55 PM

  9. As our country has decided not to prosecute the acts of torture committed in our name, what ground do we have to stand on in condemning this?

    Posted by: David | Apr 20, 2009 7:54:41 PM

  10. Maybe we should invade? Bomb them back to the stone age? We broke it we bought it?

    What does winning this war even mean? Maybe to the architects of the invasion this is what winning means.

    Posted by: Glenn I | Apr 20, 2009 8:00:29 PM

  11. is there anyway to confirm that this absolutely true?

    Posted by: giovanni | Apr 20, 2009 8:01:51 PM

  12. that this IS...

    Posted by: giovanni | Apr 20, 2009 8:02:34 PM

  13. But we had to get Saddam Hussein out of there know...he tortured people. Thank God that has stopped.

    Anyone who doesn't believe that the entire Iraq war was King George's attempt to avenge his daddy and become a "hero", raise your hand.

    Posted by: paul c | Apr 20, 2009 8:05:30 PM

  14. I can't co-sign Simone and Lance's statements. But I understand their sentiments.

    This. Is. Horrible beyond belief.

    And you know what. There is NO DOUBT in my mind that the fundies here would do the exact same thing to us if they could get away with it.


    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Apr 20, 2009 8:07:32 PM

  15. Gregus, how can you even compare what happened in Abu Ghraib (which I didn't approve of) to what these subhuman pieces of sh*t are doing to gays in Iraq?

    Like you, I disagree with Simone's use of the phrase "those people," but for reasons diametrically opposed to yours. These "things" are not people, and they need to be destroyed.

    Of course, when I (and Simone) say "those people", I'm referring to anyone who carries out such atrocities or supports them, not the entire country. I don't think anyone seriously wants to destroy the entire country.

    By the way, even though your last comment equating what Simone said to what is happening in Iraq is nowhere near as vile as what is actually happening in Iraq, I find your comparison vile and repugnant nonetheless.

    Posted by: Eddie | Apr 20, 2009 8:14:38 PM

  16. Wow--this really gives some perspective. We whine about Civil Unions versus Marriage Equality while people in other countries are killed in such gruesome and horrific ways for being gay (or for being perceived as being gay, in most cases). Makes me count my blessings that I live in the United States, imperfect as it is.

    And as for Chitown Kev, your comment about fundies doing the same thing here is ridiculous. The whole point is that they COULDN'T get away with it here.

    Posted by: Asher | Apr 20, 2009 8:16:12 PM

  17. P. S. Gays were left alone under Saddam. Makes you wonder...

    Posted by: Asher | Apr 20, 2009 8:17:24 PM

  18. And this is what we bankrupted our country over -- both fiscally and morally?

    Posted by: Garrett in SF | Apr 20, 2009 8:24:43 PM

  19. Horrible, I support the withdrawl of troops from Iraq and amnesty for LGBT Iraqis.

    Posted by: Matt from California | Apr 20, 2009 8:24:44 PM

  20. I can see the liberal cultural relativists squirm - but it is their religion that demands this. It is in the book. written in black and white. with no New Koran or reformation to change this. So there you go - start with the excuses, the religion of "peace" strikes again!

    Posted by: ReasonBased | Apr 20, 2009 8:40:11 PM

  21. this is horrible

    Posted by: Phil | Apr 20, 2009 8:50:50 PM

  22. Reasoned said: "I can see the liberal cultural relativists squirm - but it is their religion that demands this. It is in the book. written in black and white."
    What complete and utter nonsense. You have obviously never read the Qu'ran.
    Don't blame the religion, traditionally gays have fared better in Islam than in Christendom, blame the rise of fundamentalism, Jewish, Christian, and Islamic.
    You should read the Qu'ran before making hateful and bigoted comments about Muslims.

    Posted by: Lars | Apr 20, 2009 8:56:31 PM

  23. WORLDWIDE, there is a war against us homosexuals by the heterosexual majority. That's why we need to start defending ourselves.

    Posted by: Mel Smith | Apr 20, 2009 8:58:01 PM

  24. And in the 8th day, Bush created Iraq.

    This... is democracy? I can only hope that Muslim law prevails; an eye for an eye would be quite appropriate for the monsters who have decreed such... vile acts against humanity.

    Posted by: Rad | Apr 20, 2009 9:07:05 PM


    sick. so damn sick. awful. this is torture, right? i mean, to glue their anuses (i dont wanna even know what kind of glue does that) which prevents diarrhea which then causes death...that would be torture if i couldn't let my...stuff out. geez.

    Posted by: liz templin | Apr 20, 2009 9:52:36 PM

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