Iraqi legislation would impose death penalty for gay sex, imprison trans Iraqis

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08/26/2023

Iraq’s parliament is considering a bill to impose the death penalty for same-sex intimacy and imprison transgender citizens. 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. Human Rights Watch is urging Iraq to reject the new bill immediately. HRW stated in a press release: Iraq: Scrap Anti-LGBT Bill Death Penalty for Same-Sex Conduct; Imprisonment for Transgender Expression

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