ISIL Continues to Brutalize LGBT People

North Africa and Middle EastJanuary 5, 2015 – Reported by Human Rights Campaign – In a particularly brutal and inhumane act, ISIL is reported to have executed a 15-year old Syrian boy this weekend for allegedly being gay. According to ARA News, the boy was thrown from the top of a building in front of a crowd in central Deir ez-Zor, an ISIL stronghold. This killing is another tragic addition to a string of similar executions of individuals who are accused of being LGBT. These executions have been reported across ISIL-held territory in Syria and Iraq for at least two years.  “The level of brutality displayed by ISIL towards LGBT people is almost incomprehensible; yet once again, LGBT people are subject to hatred and violence because of who they are and who they love,” said HRC Global Director Ty Cobb. “These barbaric acts must not be tolerated by the international community, and we stand in solidarity with the global community in condemning them in the strongest possible terms.” In the last two years, Outright International documented more than 30 executions of LGBT people. These crimes were highlighted in the first-ever hearing on LGBT issues before the United Nations Security Council last September convened by the United States and Chile, and the crimes were forcefully condemned by nine of the 15 members of that body…story continues below…

Source: ISIL Continues to Brutalize LGBT People | Human Rights Campaign

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