Iraq: Statement on Recent Murder and Violence

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and Human Rights Watch are deeply concerned about recent media reports concerning murder and violence against men who are perceived to be gay in Iraq.

Jointly, Human Rights Watch and IGLHRC are submitting an urgent appeal to the Special Procedures of the United Nations to ask for an investigation. Special Procedures are mechanisms established by the Commission on Human Rights and assumed by the Human Rights Council to address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. In this instance, IGLHRC and Human Rights Watch are appealing to the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.

Our organizations will continue working to identify what other measures can be effective to stop these crimes and bring the perpetrators to justice.