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LGBTI Rights in Iraq


ADDED ON: 12/14/2022

Iraq Parliament drafts law to ban publications on LGBTQ concerns

The Iraqi Parliament recently drafted a law to ban publications regarding queer issues. This has alarmed the members of the LGBTQ+ community in the country. The law would punish anyone who would…

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ADDED ON: 12/07/2022

Across vast Muslim world, LGBTQ people remain marginalized

On the outskirts of Yogyakarta, an Indonesian city that’s home to many universities, is a small boarding school with a mission that seems out of place in a nation with more Muslim…

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ADDED ON: 12/04/2022

Influential Iraqi cleric launches anti-LGBTQ campaign

An influential Iraqi cleric who announced his withdrawal from politics four months ago has broken a period of relative silence to launch an anti-LGBTQ campaign. Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr posted a statement…

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ADDED ON: 10/19/2022

Inside a Groundbreaking Anthology That Sheds Light on 18 Queer Arab Voices

In a region where at least 15 nations criminalize homosexuality and in those that don’t, there’s a “don’t ask, don’t tell culture,” queer Arab communities may have been forced into the shadows…

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ADDED ON: 08/06/2022

Queer Iraqis alarmed over proposed law banning homosexuality

Iraqi queer activists are raising alarms over a proposal to criminalise homosexuality in the Middle Eastern country. Although no law currently criminalises homosexuality directly in Iraq, authorities frequently use laws against immodesty…

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ADDED ON: 07/18/2022

LGBTQ communities facing new repression in Middle East

Most of the people around him don’t know he identifies as queer, the 20-year-old Iraqi student told DW. But life in his comparatively conservative southern city of Najaf is dangerous for him anyway. “Once…

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ADDED ON: 07/17/2022

Iraq bid to ban homosexuality will ‘let government get away with murder’

Iraq’s government has announced plans to outlaw homosexuality, sparking anger and fear in the Iraqi LGBTQ+ community. On 8 July, the Iraqi parliament began the process of collecting signatures to pass a…

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ADDED ON: 03/23/2022

Iraq: Impunity for Violence Against LGBT People.

Armed groups in Iraq abduct, rape, torture, and kill lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, with impunity, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today with IraQueer. The police arrest and…

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ADDED ON: 02/23/2022

Transgender woman Doski Azad’s ‘honour killing’ uncovers disturbing culture.

WARNING: Distressing. Doski Azad had been in hiding from her own family. The make-up artist, 23, had been forced to move to another city and start a secret life to avoid scrutiny…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2022

Amnesty urges Iran to free ‘arbitrarily detained’ LGBTI activist.

Amnesty International on Tuesday urged Iran to free an Iranian LGBTI activist held for the last three months on charges linked to an appearance in a BBC documentary on gay rights in…

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ADDED ON: 04/10/2021

LGBTQ Members Face Threats in Iraqi Kurdistan

The plight of Iraq's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning or queer (LGBTQ) community returned to the spotlight last week when Kurdish security forces in Sulaymaniyah reportedly arrested several gay men. The…

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ADDED ON: 10/03/2020

When politicians use hate speech, political violence increases

Politicians deepen existing divides when they use inflammatory language, such as hate speech, and this makes their societies more likely to experience political violence and terrorism. That’s the conclusion from a study…

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