August 17, 2009 the Human Rights Watch (HRW) published “They Want Us Exterminated” Murder, Torture, Sexual Orientation and Gender in Iraq
“BAGHDAD (AP) — Militiamen are torturing and killing gay Iraqi men with impunity in a systematic campaign that has spread from Baghdad to several other cities, a prominent human rights group said in a report.”
“Murders are committed with impunity, admonitory in intent, with corpses dumped in garbage or hung as warnings on the street,” the 67-page report said.
“Reliable numbers weren’t available, Human Rights Watch said, blaming a combination of the failure of authorities to investigate such crimes and the stigma preventing families from reporting the deaths. But it cited a well-informed U.N. official as saying in April that the death toll was probably “in the hundreds.”