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    Iraqi police 'killed 14-year-old boy for being homosexual'

    The Independent, London
    By Jerome Taylor
    Published: 05 May 2006

    Human rights groups have condemned the "barbaric" murder of a 14-year-old boy, who, according to witnesses, was shot on his doorstep by Iraqi police for the apparent crime of being gay. Ahmed Khalil was shot at point-blank range after being accosted by men in police uniforms, according to his neighbours in the al-Dura area of Baghdad.

    Campaign groups have warned of a surge in homophobic killings by state security services and religious militias following an anti-gay and anti-lesbian fatwa issued by Iraq's most prominent Shia leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. Ali Hili, the co-ordinator of a group of exiled Iraqi gay men who monitor homophobic attacks inside Iraq, said the fatwa had instigated a "witch-hunt of lesbian and gay Iraqis, including violent beatings, kidnappings and assassinations".

    "Young Ahmed was a victim of poverty," he said. "He was summarily executed, apparently by fundamentalist elements in the Iraqi police."

    Neighbours in al-Dura district say Ahmed's father was arrested and interrogated two days before his son's murder by police who demanded to know about Ahmed's sexual activities. It is believed Ahmed slept with men for money to support his poverty-stricken family, who have fled the area fearing further reprisals.

    The killing of Ahmed is one of a series of alleged homophobic murders. There is mounting evidence that fundamentalists have infiltrated government security forces to commit homophobic murders while wearing police uniforms.

    Human rights groups are particularly concerned that the Sadr and Badr militias, both Shia, have stepped up their attacks on the gay community after a string of religious rulings, since the US-led invasion, calling for the eradication of homosexuals.

    Grand Ayatollah Sistani recently issued a fatwa on his website calling for the execution of gays in the "worst, most severe way".

    The powerful Badr militia acts as the military wing of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), which counts Ayatollah Sistani as its spiritual leader. Another fatwa from the late and much revered Ayatollah Abul Qassim Khoei allows followers to kill gays "with a sword, or burn him alive, or tie his hands and feet and hurl him down from a high place".

    Mr Hili said: "According to our contacts in Baghdad, the Iraqi police have been heavily infiltrated by the Shia paramilitary Badr Corps."

    Mr Hili, whose Abu Nawas group has close links with clandestine gay activists inside Iraq, said US coalition forces are unwilling to try and tackle the rising tide of homophobic attacks. "They just don't want to upset the Iraqi government by bringing up the taboo of homosexuality even though homophobic murders have intensified," he said.

    A number of public homophobic murders by the Badr militia have terrified Iraq's gay community. Last September, Hayder Faiek, a transsexual, was burnt to death by Badr militias in the main street of Baghdad's al-Karada district. In January, suspected militants shot another gay man in the back of the head.

    The US State Department has yet to document the surge in its annual human rights reports. Iraq's neighbours, however, such as Iran, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, are often criticised for their persecution of gays.

    Darla Jordan, from the US State Department said: "The US government continues to work closely with our Iraqi partners to ensure the protection of human rights and the safety of all Iraqi citizens."

    Human rights groups have condemned the "barbaric" murder of a 14-year-old boy, who, according to witnesses, was shot on his doorstep by Iraqi police for the apparent crime of being gay.

    Ahmed Khalil was shot at point-blank range after being accosted by men in police uniforms, according to his neighbours in the al-Dura area of Baghdad.

    Campaign groups have warned of a surge in homophobic killings by state security services and religious militias following an anti-gay and anti-lesbian fatwa issued by Iraq's most prominent Shia leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.

    Ali Hili, the co-ordinator of a group of exiled Iraqi gay men who monitor homophobic attacks inside Iraq, said the fatwa had instigated a "witch-hunt of lesbian and gay Iraqis, including violent beatings, kidnappings and assassinations".

    "Young Ahmed was a victim of poverty," he said. "He was summarily executed, apparently by fundamentalist elements in the Iraqi police."

    Neighbours in al-Dura district say Ahmed's father was arrested and interrogated two days before his son's murder by police who demanded to know about Ahmed's sexual activities. It is believed Ahmed slept with men for money to support his poverty-stricken family, who have fled the area fearing further reprisals.

    The killing of Ahmed is one of a series of alleged homophobic murders. There is mounting evidence that fundamentalists have infiltrated government security forces to commit homophobic murders while wearing police uniforms.

    Human rights groups are particularly concerned that the Sadr and Badr militias, both Shia, have stepped up their attacks on the gay community after a string of religious rulings, since the US-led invasion, calling for the eradication of homosexuals.

    Grand Ayatollah Sistani recently issued a fatwa on his website calling for the execution of gays in the "worst, most severe way".

    The powerful Badr militia acts as the military wing of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), which counts Ayatollah Sistani as its spiritual leader. Another fatwa from the late and much revered Ayatollah Abul Qassim Khoei allows followers to kill gays "with a sword, or burn him alive, or tie his hands and feet and hurl him down from a high place".

    Mr Hili said: "According to our contacts in Baghdad, the Iraqi police have been heavily infiltrated by the Shia paramilitary Badr Corps."

    Mr Hili, whose Abu Nawas group has close links with clandestine gay activists inside Iraq, said US coalition forces are unwilling to try and tackle the rising tide of homophobic attacks. "They just don't want to upset the Iraqi government by bringing up the taboo of homosexuality even though homophobic murders have intensified," he said.

    A number of public homophobic murders by the Badr militia have terrified Iraq's gay community. Last September, Hayder Faiek, a transsexual, was burnt to death by Badr militias in the main street of Baghdad's al-Karada district. In January, suspected militants shot another gay man in the back of the head.

    The US State Department has yet to document the surge in its annual human rights reports. Iraq's neighbours, however, such as Iran, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, are often criticised for their persecution of gays.

    Darla Jordan, from the US State Department said: "The US government continues to work closely with our Iraqi partners to ensure the protection of human rights and the safety of all Iraqi citizens."

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    Re: Iraqi police 'killed 14-year-old boy for being homosexua

    Quote Originally Posted by TeePee
    ....Darla Jordan, from the US State Department said: "The US government continues to work closely with our Iraqi partners to ensure the protection of human rights and the safety of all Iraqi citizens."
    She said that with a straight - no pun intended - face?

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    a truly awful tale

    and not a "honey trap" fbi agent in sight to protect the poor lad.

    but then he was an Arab wasn't he.

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    why Iraqis are killed

    Fundamentalism and its intolerance and propensity towards violence is the enemy. Though they would never wish to admit it, Christian, Zionist and Islamic fundamentalists have more in common with each other than with the rest of us.

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    Taken off the website

    ... I do believe that Sistani or his organisation has taken this off the website now.

    It really is very sad that this sort of thing this day and age is happening. In the UK, we have Peter Tatchell who gives me great inspiration in supporting anti homophobiac activities wherever in the world.

    Whilst working in a middle east country I experienced it at first hand, I was thrown inside and given the lashes before being sent home - and that was for just "being gay" , and I consider myself one of the lucky ones

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    This is so hypocritical

    This is so hypocritical.
    I worked in the Gulf for a few years and never went short of nookie. The hotel bars, the shopping malls and the beach promenades were the cruising areas. The Arab lads were more horney than any other race of people IтАЩve ever met - including Thailand. Only occasionally was it for money and I paid up just to get rid of possible problems. In my experience, I think this Iraqi boy may have been the victim of some guy who wanted to get rid of a pesky hooker who kept bothering him, so he was outed to the religious police.

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    The Axis of Evil

    Quote Originally Posted by Nelson
    Christian, Zionist and Islamic fundamentalists have more in common with each other than with the rest of us.
    As I keep saying, that is the true Axis of Evil

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    Religion

    Just think: How many of the struggles going on now are a result of differing religious beliefs?

    Solution: Outlaw all religions.

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    Re: Religion

    Quote Originally Posted by jimnbkk
    Solution: Outlaw all religions.

    Praise the Lord! :idea:

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    Yes there is a lot of hypocrisy in the Muslim faith in the Middle East and of course elsewhere and in other religions everywhere, to my mind especially concerning sexual practises and the use of narcotics. However it is the extreme fundamentalists or their equivalent that are hijacking religions in the Middle East and America. Many religious interpretations are however more or less without malice as are the texts themselves, that is to say it all depends on the individuals involved and not neccesarily the religion itself. It would be extremist of itself, to right of all religions as evil, like it would be to say the same of politics. Today I consider myself, while not exactly the Anti-Christ, simply without religious faith.

    I have however recently been attracted to the Muslim faith, and personally I find in it a lot that is extraordinarily meaningful. Not yet quite in any academic depth, but ironically as a gay, the Muslim faith on the face of it holds huge promise in my mind.

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