US State Dept condemns Iraq anti-gay violence
The US State Department on Wednesday condemned violence against gay men in Iraq. In recent months, more than two dozen men and boys are believed to have been killed because they were gay or thought to be gay. State Department spokesman Ian Kelly was asked about the violence at a press briefing.
Kelly: “In general, we absolutely condemn acts of violence and human rights violations committed against individuals in Iraq because of their sexual orientation or gender identity,”
Kelly confirmed that the US is putting pressure on Iraqi leaders to take action.
Kelly: “The US embassy in Baghdad has raised, and will continue to raise, the issue with senior officials from the government of Iraq, and has urged them to respond appropriately to all credible reports of violence against gay and lesbian Iraqis,”
Kelly did not specifically respond to questions about radical Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr, who recently called for the “depravity” of homosexuality to be eradicated – but warned against anti-gay violence.