Captured, mutilated with a glue applied to seal the buttocks and then fed a powerful laxative. The result: a horrible way to die. According to what have been called unconfirmed but credible reports, this horrific form of torture is being used on Iraqi lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people as the fatwa against them gathers momentum and militias, ignited by their hatred of the West, wage a blood-curdling “moral” assault on a perceived corruption seeping into their country.
Reports Corroborated But Not Confirmed On Gay Iraqi Clamp-Down
It’s important to be honest. Honesty, of course, requires a base-line of understanding, a pulse of facts, and if a base-line isn’t known, honesty becomes in and of itself, useless. Getting facts, real, granite hard, verifiable facts, from a place like Iraq is nigh-on-impossible. But these are the facts [sic] as we know them. Over the last several weeks, reports have emerged of gay Iraqis being found dead in Shiite slums, and last week we reported on flyers being distributed warning that a wipe-out of LGBTs was imminent.
And now, the stain of blood leaking across continental borders has once again reached us, and it brings to us news of barbaric acts, of this unspeakable “anal glue” torture in the form of an article via the United Arab Emirates’ media network Al-Arabiya. The network said:
“Iraqi militias have deployed an unprecedented form of torture against homosexuals by using a very strong glue that will close their anus … an Iranian-manufactured glue that if applied to the skin, sticks to it and can only be removed by surgery. After they glue the anuses of homosexuals, they give them a drink that causes diarrhea. Since the anus is closed, the diarrhea causes death.” Original source. Translation from IGLHRC.
Further to this, Al-Arabiya reported that videos of this callous torture have been captured and distributed throughout Iraq on mobile phones. The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Council (IGLHRC) has said that it has been unable to verify all of these claims, but released a statement that this was “consistent” with what they knew and understood of events in the region.
According to the London based group Iraqi-LGBT, 63 of its number have been tortured. Hassan, a member of Iraqi-LGBT confirmed the use of the glue, called “Iranian Gum”, in some torture proceedings, and also said that, those that survived the anal glue torture were often denied treatment in hospital, presumably because this identified them as homosexuals. The Iraqi administration deny that people are being killed because they are homosexual, saying, rather, that the cause is not known and are blaming these murders on rebel factions of the old administration that are acting against the “perversion” of homosexuality.
Situation for Iraqi LGBTs Still Not Getting Media Attention
It’s baffling to me that this has not made wider news. Baffling but not unbelievable. The fact is this transcends gay rights, doesn’t it? This is a question of humanity, and that a specific bracket of the human contingent are being quietly, calmly, maybe even soundlessly, attacked. And whilst no, no one is OK with it, no one is onboard with it, and certainly no one is condoning it, there’s hardly a peep from the mainstream media against it. Which, to this writer, is a crime, and I mean in the deepest, heart ravaging sense of the word.
The odd article in the New York Times, one Governor trying to do what he can to highlight the cause, and a vague itinerant of gay rights branches rehashing the same old reports – this is what we have to show as a reaction against reports that there are death squads marching down Iraqi streets and taking people’s sons and people’s daughters and shooting them dead because they’re gay.
Of a culture of denunciation in Iraq being fostered like some lethal germ, where gay people must survive by sublimating themselves, by putting their sexuality in a straightjacket to suit a broken country’s code of morality. A country that America and the United Kingdom helped to break in the hope that dissolution might mean a better reformation. A future free of tyranny. Is admitting there is a problem on such an epic scale as this too big a failure to own? Is that why this message about LGBT Iraqis being tortured, killed, living in fear and facing day after day of waking up wondering if it’s going to be their last isn’t getting through?
Did you know, there’s a new war being waged in Iraq, and Iraqi LGBTs are loosing? Send them aid, sign this Care2 petition. Also, contact your member of Congress, point them to this article, any article, make them aware.
Live outside the USA? – Take just a few moments from your day and email your MP or Representative. Use that power, that democratic power that you have and that people in Iraq do not, and help a gay man or transgender woman in Iraq now, before it’s too late.