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« on: May 06, 2006, 02:01:28 pm »

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

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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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2006, 02:30:38 pm »

Bring Back Saddam!
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2006, 03:11:34 pm »

More proof that "democracy" in Muslim countries is crap and secular regimes are the best form of government possible.
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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2006, 03:22:42 pm »

"Young Ahmed was a victim of poverty,"

I don't see how this has any relation to what happened, but I guess blaming capitalism gives you a moral high ground or something.
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« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2006, 03:58:39 pm »

Bring Back Saddam!

The police did nasty stuff to homosexual teenagers under him, too - its just that no one cared then.
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« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2006, 07:54:30 am »

Similar sorts of events are occuring within the Palestinian Authority too. Gay teens have been thrown into sunken pits, buried up to their neck and then had their faces kicked in. Gay Palestinians are doing their very best to get across into Israel (usually to Tel Aviv) before the border shuts.
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« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2006, 09:14:24 am »

Similar sorts of events are occuring within the Palestinian Authority too. Gay teens have been thrown into sunken pits, buried up to their neck and then had their faces kicked in. Gay Palestinians are doing their very best to get across into Israel (usually to Tel Aviv) before the border shuts.

I'm not suprised. I'm willing to bet Israel's the only gay-friendly (relatively speaking) place between Morocco and Kashmir inclusive.

Another thing: in some countries, people look the other way if an adult man (especially if he's wealthy or a royal) decides to have his way with young boys. But if two adult men or two women get involved, it's time to fetch the stones. (talk about misplaced priorities... Tongue)
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« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2006, 12:40:32 pm »

"Young Ahmed was a victim of poverty,"

I don't see how this has any relation to what happened, but I guess blaming capitalism gives you a moral high ground or something.

Only poor people every get victimized in this way, Bono.  Or, to put it another way, the powerful are always wealthy, in every society.
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« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2006, 11:15:47 am »

"Young Ahmed was a victim of poverty,"

I don't see how this has any relation to what happened, but I guess blaming capitalism gives you a moral high ground or something.

Only poor people every get victimized in this way, Bono.  Or, to put it another way, the powerful are always wealthy, in every society.

According to your implications, 99% of the world is a poor.
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« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2006, 09:52:23 pm »

Ugh. Arabs.
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« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2006, 02:52:52 am »

Bring Back Saddam!

The police did nasty stuff to homosexual teenagers under him, too - its just that no one cared then.

Thats not true. Homosexuality wasn't a crime under Saddam, since his was a secular regime. It wasn't popularly accepted, but nothing like this went on. This is scary stuff, and its happening in Iran too.

The New Iraq think gays are vermin.

Islam commands the murder of all gays.

This is why Pim Fortuyn was killed, this is why I hate Islam, this is why I am worried about the growing 5th column of Muslims in Europe, who feel the same way as Iraqis, they just don't admit it in public.

Call me a racist now Lewis. I know a threat when I see one.
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« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2006, 06:37:53 am »

Bring Back Saddam!

The police did nasty stuff to homosexual teenagers under him, too - its just that no one cared then.

Thats not true. Homosexuality wasn't a crime under Saddam, since his was a secular regime.

Just because it wasn't a crime doesn't mean that non-secular policemen didn't do it. Islam didn't cease to exist under Saddam.
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« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2006, 01:33:45 pm »

Bring Back Saddam!

The police did nasty stuff to homosexual teenagers under him, too - its just that no one cared then.

Thats not true. Homosexuality wasn't a crime under Saddam, since his was a secular regime.

Just because it wasn't a crime doesn't mean that non-secular policemen didn't do it. Islam didn't cease to exist under Saddam.
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He might not have actually encouraged it, but it's not as if Saddam went out of his way to enforce a strict code of non violence toward homosexuals in the millitary and law enforcements agencies.
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