Iraqi teen shot: killed by police for being gay

Danny McCoy | May 10, 2006

BAGDHAD, Iraq — The American Chronicle is reporting that an Iraqi teenager was shot and killed in front of his home by police for what they’re saying was the crime of ‘being gay'.

Fourteen-year-old Ahmed Khalil was beaten by several men wearing Iraqi police uniforms then shot at close point range in Bagdhad last week, an Iraqi human rights group is reporting.

This is the latest in a series of killings by state security services and religious militias, gay rights groups are saying. The increase in hate crimes comes following an anti-gay fatwa (Islamic legal pronouncement) that was handed down by Iraq's most prominent Shia leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.

According to Ali Hili, the head of an organization of exiled Iraqi gay men who monitor allegations of attacks against gays and lesbians in Iraq, the fatwa had created a climate of violence against lesbian and gay Iraqis. They say the violence includes beatings, kidnappings and killings.

"Young Ahmed was a victim of poverty," he said. "He was summarily executed, apparently by fundamentalist elements in the Iraqi police."

This is the latest in a string of gay murders by the militias throughout Iraq, the Chronicle reported. Last September, Hayder Faiek, a transsexual, was burnt to death by the Badr militia in the main street of Baghdad's al-Karada district. In January, militants shot another gay man in the back of the head, according to the UK’s Independent. – Issued by Gay Link Content

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