Iraqi police raid Karbala LGBT safe house; fears of 'witch hunt'

Published: June 19, 2010

There is growing concern that the Iraqi government is stepping up a witch-hunt against gays and lesbians in the country after a police raid on a Karbala safe house.

On Tuesday 16th June, twelve police officers burst into the house, then violently beat up, and blindfolded the six occupants sheltering there, before bundling them off in three vans.  According to a source who witnessed the raid, the police also confiscated computer equipment before burning down the house.

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