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100 Iraqis face imminent execution for being gay

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"Iraq's creaking judicial system is simply unable to guarantee fair trials in ordinary criminal cases, and even less so in capital cases, with the result, we fear, that numerous people have gone to their death after unfair trials.

"The Iraqi government must order an immediate halt to these executions and establish a moratorium on all further executions in Iraq, particularly since due process cannot be guaranteed.

"The state executing people for 'morals' crimes is also obviously unacceptable and deplorable," he said.

Amnesty International has called on the Iraqi authorities to make public all information pertaining to the 128 people, including their full names, details of the charges against them, the dates of their arrest, trial and appeal and their current places of detention.

The immediate urgent priority is to both support and donate money to LGBT activists in Iraq in order to assist their efforts to help other LGBT Iraqi people facing death, persecution and systematic targeting by the Iraqi Police and Badr and Sadr Militia  – and to raise awareness about the wave of homophobic murders in Iraq to the outside world.

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Funds raised will also help provide LGBTs under threat of killing with refuge in the safer parts of Iraq (including safe houses, food, electricity, medical help) and assist efforts help them seek refuge in neighbouring countries.  Click on the Iraqi-LGBT logo below for details on how to help.

Amnesty International reports:

"The use of the death penalty has increased rapidly in Iraq since it was reinstated in mid-2004. Since then more than 270 people have been sentenced to death and at least 100 people have reportedly been executed.... [S]ince [2005], there has been a rapid rise in executions with at least 65 people, including at least two women, reportedly executed by hanging in 2006. Iraq now figures among the countries with the highest numbers of executions reported in 2006. Higher totals were recorded only in China, Iran and Pakistan."

The death penalty applies in cases "of prostitution, homosexuality, incest and rape." 

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Rady Ananda contributed to the OpEdNews version of the UK Gay News story

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In 2004, Rady Ananda joined the growing community of citizen journalists. Initially focused on elections, she investigated the 2004 Ohio election, organizing, training and leading several forays into counties to photograph the 2004 ballots. She officially served at three recounts, including the 2004 recount. She also organized and led the team that audited Franklin County Ohio's 2006 election, proving the number of voter signatures did not match official results. Her work appears in three books.

Her blogs also address religious, gender, sexual and racial equality, as well as environmental issues; and are sprinkled with book and film reviews on various topics. She spent most of her working life as a researcher or investigator for private lawyers, and five years as an editor.

She graduated from The Ohio State University's School of Agriculture in December 2003 with a B.S. in Natural Resources.

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So this is what we're fighting for? Simply won... by Mr M on Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 11:52:05 AM
Amnesty International reports a convoluted history... by Rady Ananda on Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 12:22:58 PM
You want to talk about human rights? Rady, there a... by ConSion on Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 12:53:14 PM
ConSion, you write: "...when you begin to c... by Rady Ananda on Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 1:10:51 PM
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read Jesus saying, judge not lest you be judged as... by shadow dancer on Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 3:16:17 PM
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This is barbaric.  If we hvae influence over ... by Jim Finley on Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 5:19:54 PM
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