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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. This is the kind of sick and twisted shit we should be getting fired up about, not Miss California.

    Posted by: Andy | Apr 20, 2009 9:56:46 PM

  2. I agree they are barbarians and they do this in the name of their god. Of course this is what our men and women died for in the course of securing their "freedom".

    If they aren't removing a clitoris, gluing an anus, or killing in the name of their god, they are wiping their asses with their bare hands. I have no use for them. Scourge of the Earth and they should be eradicated.

    Posted by: BobGolfs | Apr 20, 2009 10:13:03 PM

  3. Oh, and I forgot to mention there will always be some zipper head (or two or three) who will come in here and chastise over the vehement reactions and comments. You know what? STFU and then go over there and get your anus glued shut and then come post your admonishment.

    No, really. I'm serious.

    Posted by: BobGolfs | Apr 20, 2009 10:18:43 PM

  4. I think Kathy Griffin says it best when she refers to the people of this part of the world as "Peaceful farmers".

    Sorry, but no amount of peace and love globalism will wash away what this truly is, barbarism at its worst. Bash America, Israel, and the west all you want, but this kind of behavior is not sanctioned here by our leaders like it is in that part of the world.
    The visceral side of me, says do the world a favor and just nuke that shithole part of the planet. All it does is cause us all a lot of grief. Our culture teaches us to be tolerant of other peoples/cultures (ie. them), while there's teaches them to destroy us. This is the problem the West now faces. How to hold onto and strengthen our Western values, in the face of a rising force that plays off of our tolerance as a way to destroy us. I'm ranting......

    Kinda makes your whining and bitching about Ron Paul look stupid.

    Posted by: Mike | Apr 20, 2009 10:36:22 PM

  5. Sorry, but this has urban legend written all over it.

    Posted by: pablo | Apr 20, 2009 10:44:51 PM

  6. What kind of sick fuck of a god do they worship that would condone this?

    Posted by: Olive Yurdich | Apr 20, 2009 10:50:10 PM

  7. I believe the "sick fuck of a god" that they worship over there is the same one that christians worship and adore. The problem isn't a sick fuck of a god. The problem is the sick fuck of a belief prevalent on this planet that there is one.

    Posted by: KJ | Apr 20, 2009 11:04:16 PM

  8. But Islam is a religion of LOVE! Sickening.

    Posted by: Jesse | Apr 20, 2009 11:05:48 PM

  9. I understand how fundamental religious/ cultural followers find homosexuality (and other "moral" deviations) absolutely offensive - but there IS actually a LINE at some point... and that's so far from it that you can't even see it.

    To think that those subjected to these torture might not even be homosexual - they could just be victims of rumors and accusations - I don't know - It's getting worst and worst - I feel powerless to these extreme systematic violence.

    Also, in comparison, the experience reported just make our lives seems so superfluous... It just makes the whole the 'struggle' for gay marriage to me seems almost silly. (I rather trade off the right to be married - and divert the time and resources to the global gay movement, if that means LGBT people around the world are treated more humanely.)

    Posted by: Dan | Apr 20, 2009 11:28:22 PM

  10. So sad. The story, if true, is deeply depressing and upsetting. The attempt to reduce it to right or wrong religion or right or wrong foreign policy is fruitless. In the end, this is a story about the potential of our species for infinite brutality.

    Yes, I and everyone else reading this message "knows" "right" from "wrong." But we are powerless as individuals to stop this particular form of lethal torture. Maybe we, privileged Americans and Towleroad readers, should think about making a better world in whatever way we can -- by coming out to family, friends, and co-workers, voting against homophobes, telling companies which retain the PR firm that produced the "Storm is Coming" ad that we will not to buy what they sell -- to show that we are something other than finger-pointers with keyboards in a world of finger-pointing.

    Posted by: Bruce | Apr 20, 2009 11:42:48 PM

  11. All of you racist dumbasses are, in fact, racist dumbasses. Yes, the Middle East is virulently homophobic, like pretty much everywhere until recently. Gay people were executed in Germany 60 years ago. Christian societies have sucked pretty hard, too, and continue to do so in many parts of Asia and Africa. Stop pretending that there are insurmountable cultural differences and that your desire to carpet bomb the Middle East isn't batshit insane.

    Horrible, violent homophobia doesn't actually make any of the United States' questionable foreign policy more justifiable. The fact that Israel's a largely gay-tolerant country doesn't mean that it has the right disproportionately bomb the shit out of Palestinians.

    Posted by: Aaron | Apr 20, 2009 11:42:58 PM

  12. Hey Matt it was just reported think Obama knows all? My god get a clue.

    Nothing gets done if we remain silent- spread the news.

    Posted by: crystal | Apr 20, 2009 11:57:30 PM

  13. And give $$$ to!

    Posted by: David R. | Apr 21, 2009 12:10:59 AM

  14. I can't tell if I don't want to believe this because it's so horrifying or because it's so ridiculously medieval.

    I'm most afraid that the answer may be both.

    Posted by: Feral | Apr 21, 2009 12:29:25 AM

  15. LOLOL!!! ANAL GLUE! Are you people for real? That's so gay, I can't believe you would fall for it, retards

    Posted by: barry | Apr 21, 2009 12:54:50 AM

  16. This is surely one of the lowest forms of depravity that I have ever heard of. It echoes the atrocities that were committed by Dr. Mengele during the holocaust. Tragic... truly tragic.

    Posted by: rick baye | Apr 21, 2009 12:59:18 AM

  17. This is why I find movies about torture ("Saw" and such) so offensive. People are tortured in the real world, and it's not OK. Torture should never be used as entertainment.

    The victims are in my prayers.

    While this only makes me angrier about equal marriage.

    We are NOT "lesser than."

    Posted by: Paul NJ | Apr 21, 2009 1:33:29 AM

  18. @Aaron
    Thank-you! The racist, xenophobia displayed here is almost as vile as these reports.

    Just go read the reports of "abuse, torture, sodomy, and homicide of prisoners".
    In your book clearly abuse, torture, forced sodomy, and homicide are OK in one instance, but not in the next. That's messed up. It's an entirely fair comparison.

    Posted by: Gregus | Apr 21, 2009 1:45:29 AM

  19. This story has just the right amount of random yet gruesome details like that too neatly addresses any question "can only be removed with surgery" "they give them a drink that causes diarrhea." The real kicker is that videos are being distributed on Iraqi cellphones... conveniently only the story and not the video has made it to Western ears...

    This reads like an urban legend created to fan fear among gays in Iraq rather than a true story.

    There are enough effective ways to torture and kill people that don't require waiting for "special glue" to dry - and they are used against all kinds of people in Iraq. Unsubstantiated stories about anal glue should be met with skepticism rather than sensationalist re-broadcast.

    Posted by: kipp | Apr 21, 2009 2:13:58 AM

  20. What happens to the gays –and others from the GLBT minorities- is horrible. But sometimes I’m surprised on how little is known by the western gays about the destiny of their brothers and sisters far beyond the comfort of their places.
    Even though I do not condone Israel policies towards the Palestines –whom I consider to have been suffered a terrible historical and practical injustice- I know that the Palestines do kill gays in horrible ways too. Many of them escape to Israel for this very reason, and sometimes Israel forces them to act on its behalf.
    So many stories. First of all, those people are cruel with themselves in unimaginable ways. So, it’s no surprise that they act like worse than monsters when they feel enforced for religious motives against minorities.

    Posted by: Lexxvs | Apr 21, 2009 2:16:33 AM

  21. I would take this whole report with a grain of salt, while at the same time investigating to see if it's true. It's already known what homophobic atrocities go on in Iraq and Iran, but.....this one sounds suspicious to me (COULD be true, though).

    Posted by: JoeTynan | Apr 21, 2009 3:05:55 AM

  22. What does cross dressing or being a "hermaphrodite" (i.e. inter-sexed) have to do with being homosexual? This report perpetuates the stereotype that sexual orientation for Gay men is merely a matter of gender confusion.

    This report ignores that it is precisely the bigoted anti-Gay culture of Iraq that 1) mistakes gender confusion for sexual orientation and 2) pushes Gay men into such gender confused identities.

    The result is a perpetuation of victim culture instead of an indictment of Iraqi culture and bigoted religious zealouts. Why? Because white heterosexual men at the BBC essentially believe the same bigoted stereotypes about The Gays that Iraqis believe: all Gay men are effeminate and want to be women...but we should protect them.

    So here's the report: we shouldn't kill The Gays but they're still creepy and weird aren't they? We should just feel deeply sorry for them being so weird and causing such violence.

    Vilifying, attacking and killing The Gays for cross dressing or being effeminate is no different from killing women in 1692 Salem Massachusetts for being witches. Those women were not witches BUT WERE PERCEIVED SO.

    Why does the BBC ignore these distinctions and perpetuate Gay stereotypes in what they believe is a sympathetic report?

    Posted by: Mark | Apr 21, 2009 5:28:53 AM

  23. The irony of the first comment is stunning.

    "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."

    Evidently violence is never the answer, except when it is in response?

    Having world organizations condem Iraq for what is occuring will go a long way to helping the situation. Enforcing the rule of law, and ensuring the rule of law will protect all minorities.

    The US Millitary unfortunately is not leading a good example for for the people of Iraq. With the institutionalized discrimination of gays, and the rampant issues of women in uniform being raped, and the abuses of power such as in the prisons, how do we expect the people of Iraq to behave any differently?

    Posted by: Skye | Apr 21, 2009 7:17:02 AM

  24. This report is truly disturbing! We here in the states need to take heed of this and send a message to Ms. Prejean letting her know that her words can insight negative acts.

    Rants, Thoughts & Merde

    Posted by: NativeNYker | Apr 21, 2009 8:06:19 AM

  25. I'll say it before and I'll say it again: Iraq should have been nuked, and so should every MuSlime nation on earth.

    Posted by: Attmay | Apr 21, 2009 8:10:22 AM

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