A horrific twist to the ongoing torture of suspected gay men in Iraq. The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission reports: "The following is a translation of a story from Alarabiya, a UAE-based media network, which was published on its Arabic website. While IGLHRC has not verified all of the allegations, many are consistent with patterns of human rights violations being reported from within the country."
The translated text:
"A prominent Iraqi human rights activist says that Iraqi militia have deployed a painful form of torture against homosexuals by closing their anuses using 'Iranian gum.' ... Yina Mohammad told Alarabiya.net that, 'Iraqi militias have deployed an unprecedented form of torture against homosexuals by using a very strong glue that will close their anus.'
"According to her, the new substance 'is known as the American hum, which is 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.
"Videos of this form of torture are being distributed on mobile cellphones in Iraq. According to this human rights activist, for the past 3 weeks a crackdown on homosexuals has been going on based on a religious decree that demands their death; dozens have been targeted. She says that the persecution of homosexuals is not confined to the Shiite clerics. Some Sunni leaders have also declared the death penalty for sodomy on satellite channels."
Iraqi LGBT in London confirms recent, gruesome attacks against suspected gays are increasing in Shiite neighborhoods, especially in Sadr City, Baghdad. The violence is suspected to be the work of the Hezbollah-affliliated Mahdi Army (above) and the newer Ahl al-Haq. Iraqi LGBT activists say more than 60 gay men have been tortured. Some went to hospital "and in some cases were refused treatment."
Since the new administration will not condemn or prosecute torture committed by the previous administration in Iraq and Guantanamo, it's probably useless to demand the White House to act on this matter. But at least the Iraqis they have "democracy" now, right?