Stop executions of gay Iraqis

Iraqi-LGBT reports that the administration in Iraq is about to begin executing gay Iraqis.

Urgent action is needed to halt the execution of 128 prisoners on death row in Iraq. Many of those awaiting execution were convicted for the ‘crime’ of homosexuality, according to IRAQI-LGBT, a UK based organisation of Iraqis supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Iraq.

According to Ali Hili of IRAQI-LGBT, the Iraqi authorities plan to start executing them in batches of 20 from this week.

IRAQI-LGBT urgently requests that the UK Government, Human Rights Groups and the United Nations Human Rights Commission intervene with due speed to prevent this tragic miscarriage of justice from going ahead.

Earlier in the month, officials working in the UK Borders Agency advised a gay Iraqi that they would be returning him to Iraq.

Sarah Teather, the Liberal Democrats’ housing spokeswoman, who is the Iraqi’s MP, is perplexed by a recommendation from the UKBA that the Iraqi conduct his relationships in private.

The document says: “Even if your client’s homosexuality were to be established it is viewed that it would be possible for your client to conduct such relationships in private on his return to Iraq. This would allow your client to express his sexuality, albeit in a more limited way than he could do elsewhere.”

Teather, the MP for Brent East, said: “Immigration ministers need to show some humanity. If this deportation goes ahead there is a terrible risk that this man will be killed. How can we possibly claim to be a country that values human rights if we are willing to endanger a life in this way?”

Read more by or more about or .
This entry was posted in News.
Advert

One Comment

  • Just sad, about the fact that most people won’t care, unless their own family were scheduled for execution for the mere sin of being born how God made them.

    I urge my American brethren to stand up and decry the execution of 128 human beings.

    I have plenty of gay family, we are lucky not to belong from barbaric ideologies.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarJonathan Brown 5th May - 7:01pm
    @Stuart - a good point. I've recently written an article calling for protection of civilians inside Syria so that they don't need to become refugees...
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 5th May - 6:45pm
    Just managed to vote! David Pullin for Liberal Democrats in Kew, Southport and Chris Carubia for Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside with second preference...
  • User AvatarPaul Holmes 5th May - 6:36pm
    Agree Hywel - if nothing else anyone who really wants to win ran their first GOTV operation a couple of weeks ago with targeted contact...
  • User AvatarStuart 5th May - 6:29pm
    While Tim Farron and others congratulate themselves on rescuing children from places like France and Italy, refugees still stuck in Syria itself are being bombed...
  • User AvatarJonathan Brown 5th May - 6:02pm
    I've just noticed - the graphic with the information about this march that was meant to accompany this article has gone missing. Find the details...
  • User AvatarJonathan Brown 5th May - 5:58pm
    @Lorenzo - thanks for your comments. I agree to an extent. One of the problems of our confrontational, winner-takes-all electoral system is the politicisation of...