Islamist Militias Using Internet Chat Rooms to Target, Kill Gay Iraqis
Another really horrifying report of the brutality against gays going on in Iraq. Islamist militias are reportedly using internet chat rooms to locate and target their victims.
Said one 22-year-old militia member to the Guardian: "It is the easiest way to find those people who are destroying Islam and who want to dirty the reputation we took centuries to build up. Animals deserve more pity than the dirty people who practise such sexual depraved acts. We make sure they know why they are being held and give them the chance to ask God's forgiveness before they are killed."
The paper also talks to a victim's mother about how she found out about her son's execution. She also provides a first-hand account of the anal glue torture that's been reported:
"He didn't follow what Islamic doctrine tells but he was a good son. Three days after his kidnapping, I found a note on my door with blood spread over it and a message saying it was my son's purified blood and telling me where to find his body. We found his body with signs of torture, his anus filled with glue and without his genitals. I will carry this image with me until my dying day."
In some areas of Iraq "a list of names is posted at restaurants and food shops" in order to facilitate the location of victims.
Ali Hili, chairman of the Iraqi LGBT group in London, says the violence started following the 2003 U.S. invasion, and 680 gays have been executed in Iraq, at least 70 of those in the past five months.