Iraq Mulls Law To Impose Death Penalty On Gay People

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08/25/2023

Days after Iraq banned the use of the words ‘homosexuality’ and ‘gender’, the country’s Parliament is considering a new anti-LGBTQI Bill that imposes the death penalty for same-sex relations and jail for trans persons. Human Rights Watch said the proposed law threatens the lives of LGBTQI Iraqis and called on Parliament to scrap the Bill. “Iraq’s proposed anti-LGBT law would threaten the lives of Iraqis already facing a hostile environment for LGBT people,” Rasha Younes, senior LGBT rights researcher at Human Rights Watch said in a blog. : “Iraqi lawmakers are sending an appalling message to LGBT people that their speech is criminal and their lives are expendable.”

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