The Islamic State (ISL, ISIS) has executed four more men accused of homosexuality.
On Sunday, in Iraq, there were two separate murderous incidents perpetrated by ISIS against gay men, simply because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation.
First, in Mosul, two men, who were allegedly a gay couple, were thrown off of a building to their deaths. As has happened in past executions, people were summoned to watch and witness the death of the two men.
In a separate incident taking place in Ninevah, two more allegedly gay men were thrown to their deaths. There are gruesome photos, published by Terrormonitor.org on Twitter, showing the bodies of the men lying on cement bricks after being thrown from the rooftop of a building. An imam is also shown reading the sentence levied against the pair. Again, a large crowd is shown gathered to watch the deaths.
ISIS is targeting the LGBTQ community, and gay men in particular, calling them “the worst of all creatures.”
Prior to these deaths, there were at least 40 other known victims that ISIS had slain for being gay. Many of these executions happen in a similar pattern; a sentence is read before a gathered crowd, men are thrown from the rooftop, and, if not killed by the fall, pelted with stones by those are gathered.
As we’ve previously reported, the United Nations has met to discuss the fate of LGBTQ people fleeing Iraq and Syria. While there were calls for “immediate global intervention,” there does not yet seem to be a solution for LGBTQ people living in areas controlled by ISIS.
The only current options for LGBTQ people in Iraq and Syria are to hide their identities and orientations from their friends, family, and the world at large, or to attempt to flee and find refuge elsewhere in the world, along with the over 3 million other refugees looking for safety in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and the European Union.
Gwen is a writer who has an education degree, a social work background, an extensive knowledge of vegetables, and a devotion to queer revolutionary politics. She lives deep in the woods of Maine with two dogs, a magnificent partner, and an ever-growing collection of plants.