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ISIS Reportedly Beheads Three Men For Being Gay


New reports are circulating that ISIS has beheaded three men in Iraq because they were gay. Photos released online show the men blindfolded and corralled in a traffic roundabout before being beheaded in front of a crowd of onlookers.

Via News 24:

The latest images did not show the claimed beheadings and their authenticity could not be independently verified.

A series of photographs shows the blindfolded men kneeling in the centre of what appears to be a traffic circle with a crowd of people looking on as a masked, black-clad executioner stands by with a long, rusty blade.

Accompanying captions said the trio were then executed, the third of them for alleged blasphemy.

The photos were said to have been taken in Nineveh province, the first to fall to a sweeping ISIS-led offensive last June but the exact location was not specified.

This incident is the latest in a series of slayings ISIS has carried out against individuals it claims are gay. In recent weeks there have been a series of videos of allegedly gay men being thrown from buildings and stoned to death by ISIS militants. 

We previously reported on the threats gay individuals face living in ISIS-controlled territory. 

While these killings are unquestionably brutal, ascertaining the sexual orientation of the murdered individuals is a problematic proposition. ISIS has a history of labeling anyone it perceives as a threat or enemy as also being a homosexual. As The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission notes, the accusation of homosexuality "could be applied to anyone the Islamic State seeks to discredit." Moreover, "accusing opponents of homosexuality is a tried and true tool used to discredit political adversaries throughout the world."

You can see two more pictures ISIS posted online, AFTER THE JUMP...

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CNN Looks at the Executions of Gays by ISIS, Interviews Gay Couple Who Fled Syria: VIDEO


CNN's Arwa Damon reports on the series of videos in recent weeks of allegedly gay men being thrown from buildings and stoned to death by ISIS militants while crowds of villagers looks on, and what it means for gay men under threat in Syria and Iraq.

CNN also talks to Sami and his partner, who fled to Istanbul from Syria after someone tried to run them over with a car. They were subsequently threatened by someone on a phone call:

"There was a man that was, first he is saying this time you could have make it and you survived. But the next time you will not."

But even their refuge in Istanbul was threatened. When the ISIS video of the gay killings emerged, one of their fellow housemates made remarks, Sami says:

"He made a very absurd joke about, he was so amused, and he had so much fun watching homosexuals. And he say now gay men can fly."

Watch (note: portion of video repeats after 3:30) the disturbing interview, AFTER THE JUMP...


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ISIS Throws Two Men to Their Deaths for Being Gay: VIDEO


The Islamic State (ISIS) has released a series of images showing two men being thrown to their deaths off a building in Ninawa, Iraq for being gay, the Middle East Media Research Institute reports.

One of the graphic images shown is of the second man plunging to his death, with the body of the first man visible on the ground surrounded by a large crowd of on-lookers. Other images show two thieves being shot from behind while crucified and a woman being stoned to death for alleged audultery. 

Captions on one image refer to the man pictured above as having been convicted of the practices of the "people of Lot," a euphemism for sodomy. 

Fox News' Shepard Smith has a short breakdown of the released images which you can watch AFTER THE JUMP...(warning: graphic)

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ISIS Stones Two 'Gay' Men To Death In Syria


ISIS has posted photos of militants throwing a man reported to be gay from a roof and stoning him to death, reports the Straits Times.

Syria Iraq borderLast month, ISIS stoned to death two men accused of homosexuality. Two recent publications have reported that LGBT people in Iraq are experiencing levels of persecution that puts many at imminent risk of death.

As previously reported, it is unclear whether the individuals ISIS has accused of homosexuality do in fact identify as gay. Accusing individuals of homosexuality has served as a pretext for ISIS to silence its opposition.

The latest attack took place yesterday on the border between Iraq and Syria.

A statement accompanying the photos read:

"The Islamic court in Wilayet al-Furat [an area on the Syrian-Iraqi border] decided that a man who has practised sodomy must be thrown off the highest point in the city, and then stoned to death.”

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.


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