Iraqi LGBT extremely concerned by new plans for UK removals of refugees to Iraq

Published: June 4, 2010

Iraqi LGBT extremely concerned by new plans for UK removals of refugees to Iraq

The Iraqi LGBT group has today expressed its ‘deep concern’ about reports that the British Home Office is planning to return 100 Iraqi refugees to Baghdad Wednesday 9 June – despite a recent UK report saying this was not safe.

"This group will certainly contain deeply closeted gay people and they will be at extreme risk of torture and murder in Baghdad," said Group leader Ali Hili.

Iraqi LGBT say that the Iraqi government provide no security for gays – infact the opposite as its members have reported the involvement of both police and Interior Ministry forces in handing over gay people to militias with either their tortured bodies being subsequently discovered or them disappearing.

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