catbird

Special treatment for Iraqi gays

From the United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq's 2006 Human Rights Report:

"UNAMI HRO has received several reports indicating that, since 2005, homosexuals have been increasingly threatened and extra-judicially executed by militias and death squads because of their sexual orientation. It is believed that such incidents are underreported, because families are unwilling to admit that targeted members were homosexual for fear of further abuse. It has been difficult to independently verify the information received due to the fact that members of this group maintain a low profile, preferring instead to go into hiding or leave the country.

From October 2005 to 30 June 2006 at least twelve homosexuals were reportedly killed in targeted attacks. Militias are reportedly threatening families of men believed to be homosexual, stating that they will begin killing family members unless the men are handed over or killed by the family. In March 2006, a 29-year-old man was kidnapped in Baghdad and his family threatened for allowing him to lead a homosexual lifestyle. The family paid a ransom for the mans release but the mutilated body of the kidnapped victim was instead found dead a few days later. In another case it was reported a homosexual man was allegedly the victim of an honour crime. It was reported in the press that the man's father was released without trial once he explained that he had hanged his son after discovering that he was homosexual."

See the full report here.

catbird

Introductory LJ post (blagging)





Funny that LJ spell check doesn't recognize the words "blog" and "blogging" and offers words like "blag" and "slog" instead:

blog:

bog, log, blag, bloc, biog, bldg, blow, blob, blot, clog, flog, slog

blogging:

blagging, bogging, logging, clogging, flogging, slogging, blocking, bulging, boggling, belonging, bagging, begging, bugging, lagging, legging, lugging


blag·ging:
n. Caribbean
Informal talk, usually among men, occurring in a public place: “the street corner, the rum shop, the crossroads, wherever hanging out, or... blagging, takes place” (Roger D. Abrahams).

[From French blaguer, to talk through one's hat, from blague, bladder, pouch, of Germanic origin, ultimately from Latin bulga, leather bag. See bulge.]





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