Photos: Gay Safe House Burned, Injuries and Arrests of Iraqi Gays

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More on the burning of the gay safe house in Iraq I posted about yesterday, from UK Gay News and Iraqi LGBT:

"Last week, twelve police officers are reported to have burst into the safe house, and then violently beat up, and blindfolded the six occupants sheltering there before bundling them off in three vans.

According to a source who witnessed the raid, the police also confiscated computer equipment before burning down the house, the London group said in a statement.

According to reports reaching London, one of the arrested people has turned up in hospital (above – how the injury was inflicted is not known). However, nothing is known about the whereabouts of the other five individuals, which include two gay men, one lesbian and two transgender people.

It is feared they may have been taken to the Interior Ministry in Baghdad, where, it is reported, many gay people have been tortured and executed in the last two years…

…The house which was raided on last week had been established in January this year.

With the arrests and the seizure of computers last week, activists fear that the government will step up efforts to round up more of the country’s LGBT population.

'The UK media and politicians have been too quiet for too long about the violence LGBT people in Iraq,' said Ali Hili, leader of Iraqi LGBT.

'The militia and the powers that be know they can get away with it while that silence continues.  It really is time for the Iraqi government to act on this and stop playing the role of guilty bystanders, while our brothers and sisters are murdered in silence. Currently the UK Border Agency is deporting many Iraqis, some who left the country in fear of their lives after death threats from gangsters and religious militia."

The burned house, below.

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Comments

  1. Angwyn says

    My (the UK) government is actively and forcefully repatriating gay Iraqis!

    We should be encouraging those who want to, to come here for safety until and if they choose to go back.

  2. g_whiz says

    @ John, even if that was (gross misfire at) an attempt at humor. And you emphatically do not care…taking the time to post that little bit of stupidity is just inane. Also? The next time a police squad goes to slash the throats of gay kids…voulenteer to go first.

  3. john says

    arent we the ones who put billions of dollars into helping Iraq get a functioning government and police? and the first order of business is the killing of gay people? WHAT the fuk? I don’t get how our leaders are ok with this.

  4. 24play says

    LGBTs here in the US are rarely able to provide significant assistance to LGBTs persecuted in homophobic countries, but right now we have a rare opportunity to help gay Iraqis.

    Clinton’s State Department has been very attentive to gay issues. The next concrete action we should be demanding they make is to give gay Iraqis Priority-2 designation under Ted Kennedy’s 2008 Iraqi Refugee Law, which would get them expedited resettlement in the US.

    The Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project is already working hard on this issue. And among their primary proposals is this:

    “Move Immediately To Resettle Gay Iraqis: More than 100 gay Iraqis have been kidnapped, tortured, and executed by gangs and militias in Iraq this past year; the entire gay population has been systematically targeted. Secretary of State Clinton can designate LGBT Iraqis as part of the Kennedy bill’s P-2 category, which provides for expedited resettlement to the United States as refugees.”

    http://iraqirefugee.us/Site/Welcome_to_IRAP.html

    http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/archives/2010/05/upholding-our-promise-to-iraqi-refugees.php

    It is entirely within the power of the State Department to make this designation. Call or email and demand that they designate gay Iraqis as P-2 priority under Kennedy’s 2008 Iraqi Refugee Law.

    State Department switchboard: 202-647-4000

  5. Tone says

    Why won’t anyone else say it, the arab world is cruel and barbaric, even among barbarians. All religion is evil but Islam seems to be particularly so. The civilized world needs to address this butchery at official levels by imposing sanctions on nations that so willfully deny others their human rights. And we need to open our doors and our borders to refugees, let those still alive escape what must seem like certain doom.

  6. John says

    They won’t get priority 2. This is the MS St. Louis all over again. A despised minority is left to die and the US keeps its hands “clean” like every other government the world over.

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