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ISIS Accuses Two Men Of Homosexuality As Excuse To Execute Them

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 1.26.26 PMThe Islamic State continues its swath of executions this week as the group accused two men of homosexuality in Syria and subsequently executed them reports Pink NewsOne of the men, a 20-year-old man, died in Mayadeen, which is located in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, near the border with Iraq. ISIS claims it found videos on the man's cellphone of him committing "Indecent acts," with another male. ISIS also executed an 18-year-old man for similar reasons in Deir Ezzor this week as well. ISIS stoned both men to death for their supposed transgressions.

Social media activists say that the men were opponents of ISIS, and that the militant group accused the two men of homosexuality as a pretext to permanently silence them. The Washington Blade reports that LGBT people living under ISIS control in Iraq and the Middle East are essentially No. 1 targets for execution; with threats of being turned in by friends and family, many LGBT Iraqis are prisoners in their own homes and selves, as any indication of homosexual relations means certain death. As ISIS continues to gain supporters from around the world, the conditions of LGBT people in the region continue to worsen.


Reports Show LGBT People Living Under ISIS Control in Iraq Are 'At Imminent Risk Of Death'

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Two publications released yesterday report that LGBT people in Iraq are experiencing levels of persecution that puts many at imminent risk of death, reports the Washington Blade.

IGLHRCThe reports by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), international women’s human rights group MADRE and the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) show that while the conflict in Iraq has placed hundreds of thousands of citizens at risk of serious human rights abuses, LGBT individuals continue to be among the least protected of all groups.

A briefing paper entitled When Coming Out is a Death Sentence, documents violence and serious human rights abuses against LGBT individuals perpetrated by relatives, tribal factions and Islamist militias and vigilantes.

The briefing concludes that LGBT Iraqis are among the least protected groups in terms of the escalating threats to safety because their persecutors range widely across society-at-large; they have little to no protection from family, community or government; their physical appearance may put them at risk in public; they face hostility in refugee circumstances; and their movement has been curtailed by the conflict.

MadreThough little concrete information is known about the situation for LGBT people in the areas controlled by ISIS, it is known that the group prescribes death for individuals engaged in same-sex activities.

Jessica Stern, executive director of IGLHRC, said:

Stern“LGBT Iraqis are in a desperate situation that demands action. Many Iraqis face violence and serious human rights abuses but LGBT Iraqis, reviled across large segments of society, have none of the protection that can come from families, tribes and the community-at-large. Now, many LGBT Iraqis literally must hide to protect themselves. Exposure can mean death in the chaos of present-day Iraq.”

Yifat Susskind, executive director of MADRE, added:

Susskind“Human rights advocates, in Iraq and across the world, are banding together to sound the alarm. Respect for all human rights, indivisible and universal, demands that we stand up for LGBT people who are in grave danger now. This struggle, to defend all who are targeted for their gender and sexuality, is central to securing human rights for all people.”

IGLHRC, MADRE and OWFI have made recommendations for how foreign embassies, relief organizations, donor countries and others can protect lives.

These recommendations include:

  • Pushing the Iraqi government to lift the prohibition on civil society organizations operating shelters for those fleeing violence and increase resettlement spaces for LGBT individuals.

  • Expediting appeals for gay and transgender people who want to leave the country.

  • Monitoring reports of ongoing violence against gay Iraqis with the goal of urgently expanding protections.

  • Holding militias accountable for harassment and abuse of individuals because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.


Chelsea Manning Breaks Silence, Speaks Out On ISIS

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Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, the U.S. intelligence analyst who made headlines in 2013 after leaking thousands of classified documents depicting abuse and torture being carried out by U.S. soldiers to WikiLeaks, recently took to The Guardian to share her thoughts on how the American military could best deal with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, colloquially known as ISIL or ISIS. They key to dismantling the jihadist group, Manning says, is to let its leaders prove how unsustainable its hypothetical caliphate would be in reality.

“Let Isis succeed in setting up a failed ‘state’ – in a contained area and over a long enough period of time to prove itself unpopular and unable to govern,” she reasons. “This might begin to discredit the leadership and ideology of Isis for good.”

Manning also points out that the U.S. isn’t doing enough to combat ISIS’s well documented and effective use of social media to spread its propagandistic messages. In addition to a physical presence within Iraq and Syria, she says the U.S. needs to “counter [ISIS’s] narrative” that the organization uses to recruit youth fighters into its ranks.

Reactions to Manning’s piece have been mixed, but generally positive. Ben Kesling, a marine Corps veteran and Wall Street Journal reporter, took issue with Manning’s logic considering her rank at the time of her dishonorable discharge.

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ISIL Compares Gays to Pedophiles, Says They Are The 'Worst of Creatures' - VIDEO

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The Islamic State of Iraq and The Levant, the unrecognized jihadist terrorist group operating Iraq and Syria, has made effective use of social media to disseminate its propagandistic messages. Since August the extremist group has released videos depicting the beheadings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff, two American journalists as well as David C. Haines, a British aid worker.

The organization has consistently released videos encouraging its members to remain steadfast to the ISIL cause and remain wary of danger “kafir,” Western infidel, influences like drug dealers, pedophiles, and gay people. The West and non-Muslim countries, an ISIL fundamentalist claims in one of the group’s more recent videos, is targeting Muslim children.

“If you have family in these kafir countries, what is gonna happen most probably? You don’t have control of your children. Maybe in some of the countries it is a must for you to put your children in the kafir schools, and who’s gonna teach your children? It’s gonna be maybe a gay, maybe a drug dealer, maybe a pedophile, you know? So it’s very important for you to protect your children from these animals, from these dirty people, Allah says that they are the worst of creatures.”

Initial reports claimed that the masked ISIL fighter speaking in the video was a disaffected Arsenal soccer player who had left his life in Portugal to pursue ISIL’s cause. British intelligence subsequently identified the man as Celso Rodrigues da Costa, a 29 year old man from Portugal who had moved to England to pursue his studies.

“[ISIL] is recognized by no government, nor the people it subjugates,” President Obama said during a speech explaining the US’s plan to combat the terrorist group. “ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.”

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Australian Comedian Responds to Westboro Accepting His Paid Trip to Iraq: VIDEO

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Last week, Australian comedian and late night host Adam Hills went after Westboro Baptist Church for its plans to protest the funeral of the "fag enabler" Robin Williams. During the on-air rant, Hills pledged to fly a dozen of the church's members to Iraq - arguing that if the Phelps clan were really concerned with the Christian way of life, they would be picketing the people who threaten to behead Christians.

Shortly afterwards, the church responded:

After seriously looking into things and consulting the U.S. and UK governments, however, Hills decided to go with an alternative proposal - one that would better honor the memory of Williams without feeding into WBC's hunger for publicity.

Watch and find out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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