Take Action: Islamic State Terror Campaign Targets LGBTI

Denis LeBlanc
Original Article: bit.ly/1Mo1USo

This is a call to action for both individuals and groups from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) re-published here to widen the reach of this important campaign.  We urge our readers to take action.

Urge the UN and key governments to expedite and expand protection for ?LGBTI people and all those vulnerable to persecution by the Islamic State in Iraq in Syria.

Take Action Now!

Urge the United Nations and the Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United States to Urgently Protect Marginalized and Persecuted Minorities

The Urgent Concern

Since June 2014, the Islamic State has proudly documented the brutal murders of five men accused of having same-sex relations in Iraq. In recent months, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported killings by the Islamic State of four men also accused of “sodomy.” These cruel acts add to the Islamic State’s countless other well-publicized murders of individuals apparently because of their faith, their demeanor, their dress, or because they were accused of adultery or other “transgressions.”

Even before these executions, the Islamic State, on its website, had sworn its intent to punish homosexual acts with death. While no precise details are available as to the victims’ identities or circumstances, the gruesome public spectacles are clearly intended to instill terror among the region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) and gender non-confirming population, long marginalized and persecuted.

Full text of article available at link below:  bit.ly/1Mo1USo