Rep. Alcee Hastings of Miramar, Florida has issued a scathing statement against the extreme violence against gays and lesbians in Iraq. The Human Rights Watch has released a 67 page report detailing a wide-reaching campaign of extrajudicial executions, kidnappings, and torture of gay men that began in early 2009.
Hastings, who has been an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights (including opposing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"), issued this statement:
The report documents the extrajudicial persecution, torture, and execution of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Iraqis. In recent months, hundreds of gay men have been tortured and murdered in Iraq in a systematic campaign of social cleansing by Shiite militiamen and extremists. Furthermore, victims and witnesses allege that Iraqi security forces have colluded and joined in the killing.
The alarming testimonies detailed in this report are undeniable evidence that the rights and safety of gay Iraqis are at risk.