Iraq postpones vote on bill to impose death penalty for same-sex acts

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04/16/2024

The Iraqi parliament is threatening to pass a long-delayed anti-LGBTQ bill that would impose the death penalty for same-sex intimacy. Although Iraq does not currently have an explicitly anti-gay law, Erasing 76 Crimes has long included the country in its list of nations with anti-gay laws, because it arrests LGBTQ Iraqis on vague “anti-morality” charges. Iraq is also on the list of nations that execute LGBTQ people because such killings by private militias are condoned. The Iraqi parliament delayed action on similar anti-LGBTQ bills in 2022 and in 2023.

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