ADDED ON: 08/06/2022

Queer Iraqis alarmed over proposed law banning homosexuality

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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 to target LGBT people, who already face violence and harassment in their communities. The advocacy group IraQueer says the proposal is a license to murder LGBT people. Rights groups have reacted with alarm to proposals for a law banning homosexuality in Iraq, warning that it would allow anti-LGBTQ+ vigilantes to “get away with murder”. A member of the Parliamentary Legal Committee told the official Iraqi News Agency [in early July] that it had begun formulating proposals to criminalise homosexuality, which was made legal in Iraq after the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.


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