International Gay Rights Groups Call For Iraq Investigation
International Gay Rights groups are calling for an investigation into reports of the widespread killing of gay men in Iraq.
CNN and Associated Press reported this week that Iraqi officials confirmed the recent killings of six men suspected to be gay. A New York Times report Wednesday says the total over the last two months is more than four times that – and the actual number could be even higher.
Sarah Tobias from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission says gay activists have been unable to get the information they need.
Tobias: “It’s extremely hard. Getting information and then verifying information is extraordinarily challenging.”
Tobias says her group is seeking governmental help in getting to the bottom of it.
Tobias: “We have actually been in contact with the State Department, the US State Department. We have also with Human Rights Watch, jointly submitted an urgent appeal to the special procedures of the United Nations, asking for an investigation.”
Scott Long from Human Rights Watch told OutQ News that his group has had “direct accounts” from people in Iraq, confirming that the killings are a reality. Both groups are asking the UN to help decipher why the men are being killed, and who’s behind the killings.