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IRAQ

Male to Male relationships: Unclear
Punishments for male to male relationships: No law
Female to Female Relationships: Unclear

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Have you been harassed or arrested in IRAQ because of your same-sex relationship?
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This is what people are saying about life for LGBTI people in IRAQ...
posted for readers on 07/10/2010
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Are you aware, at this precise moment as you are reading this letter, innocent men, women and children in Iraq are being selected, imprisoned, tortured and murdered in the most horrific, heinous and inhumane manner? Their only "crime" being that they are not heterosexual, but belong to the homosexual community.

The order for this witchhunt, a true violation against humanity, was set in motion by the Spiritual leader, Grand Aylotah Sistani, the preeminent Shia cleric for Shia in Iraq and around the world, as well as an important political figure in post-invasion Iraq. In October 2005 he posted, on his website, an anti-gay death fatwa to be carried out in the "worst, most severe way"- a crucification of innocent lesbian, gay and transgender people of Iraq! To counter this 'attack', the UK based Iraqi LGBT leader and organizer, Ali Hili, launched a campaign aiming to challenge this fatwa and succeeded in having the Sistani people remove the fatwa from their website. However, two separate militia factions are currently continuing to carry out this decree and each day in Iraq individuals are tortured, harassed and murdered for what is believed by these militia to be a crime of religion - and these murders remain exempt from prosecution.

Since then, under the leadership of Ali Hili, the Iraqi LGBT has set up safe houses and an underground railroad in Iraq to aid those at risk. Currently, Hili is struggling to gain asylum in the UK . His case has been set aside and was deemed to be "not compelling" enough to be granted priority. This case is without question, an issue of Human Rights and by failing to process and settle Ali Hili's case, the Home Office is aiding in the persecution of innocent people. Ali's case must be given the recognition that it deserves as it is of vital importance to prioritize his asylum in the UK so that he may have the right to travel to continue his mission to aid those in need.

We are aware that your organization is currently dealing with a multitude of cases regarding varied issues, however, immediate urgency and priority should be granted to this particular case. The Iraqi homosexual community are in imminent and immediate danger simply for being who they are. It is of vital importance for Hili to be given asylum in the UK so that he may obtain the necessary travel rights to achieve the goals of the Iraqi LGBT organization - to alert the world and expose the truth of the atrocities being committed towards the homosexual community in Iraq. We are requesting that your organization participate in assisting in the asylum case of Ali Hili. Discrimination against the homosexual community affects us all, not only those in Iraq. This is a grave crime against humanity, one for which we as a society, must collectively prevent.

We implore you to help the helpless in Iraq. Their voices are calling out, pleading
for outside intervention. Please do not allow their cries for help and awareness fall upon deaf ears. By petitioning for the granting of Ali Hili's asylum in the UK and his freedom to travel the world to tell his story, you become the Key Master. You are the ones who hold the "key" that unlocks the door of the homosexual community in Iraq's prison, allowing them entry into the world of freedom. Do not think for one moment that a crime against another does not affect you, for as a droplet of water falls into the ocean, the ocean itself is thus affected. What affects the "ONE" affects the "ALL".

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Dobbin

For further information please contact Ali Hili through the London UK based Iraqi LGBT :

22 Notting Hill Gate,
Unit 111 London,
W11 3JE
United Kingdom

Tel: ++44 (0) 79-819 59453

Email: info@iraqilgbt.org.uk

Website : www.iraqilgbt.org.uk
Please copy any letters to the campaign in support of Ali Hili to iraqilgbt@gmail.com .
Useful information:

* Foreign Office: Annual Report on Human Rights
* Human Rights Watch: Iraq: Stop Killings for Homosexual Conduct
* Peter Tatchell: Iraq - Ayatolla Sistani says death to gays
* LGBT Asylum News: Ministers Must Halt Deportation Of Gay Iraqi
* BBC: Saddam's rule 'better' for gay Iraqis
* LGBT Asylum News: Save LGBT refugees, 44 US congresspeople urge Hillary Clinton
* LGBT Asylum News: I'm Gay and Iraqi: Please Help Me!

* Iraqi LGBT annual report
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posted for readers on 07/10/2010
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Are you aware, at this precise moment as you are reading this letter, innocent men, women and children in Iraq are being selected, imprisoned, tortured and murdered in the most horrific, heinous and inhumane manner? Their only "crime" being that they are not heterosexual, but belong to the homosexual community.

The order for this witchhunt, a true violation against humanity, was set in motion by the Spiritual leader, Grand Aylotah Sistani, the preeminent Shia cleric for Shia in Iraq and around the world, as well as an important political figure in post-invasion Iraq. In October 2005 he posted, on his website, an anti-gay death fatwa to be carried out in the "worst, most severe way"- a crucification of innocent lesbian, gay and transgender people of Iraq! To counter this 'attack', the UK based Iraqi LGBT leader and organizer, Ali Hili, launched a campaign aiming to challenge this fatwa and succeeded in having the Sistani people remove the fatwa from their website. However, two separate militia factions are currently continuing to carry out this decree and each day in Iraq individuals are tortured, harassed and murdered for what is believed by these militia to be a crime of religion - and these murders remain exempt from prosecution.

Since then, under the leadership of Ali Hili, the Iraqi LGBT has set up safe houses and an underground railroad in Iraq to aid those at risk. Currently, Hili is struggling to gain asylum in the UK . His case has been set aside and was deemed to be "not compelling" enough to be granted priority. This case is without question, an issue of Human Rights and by failing to process and settle Ali Hili's case, the Home Office is aiding in the persecution of innocent people. Ali's case must be given the recognition that it deserves as it is of vital importance to prioritize his asylum in the UK so that he may have the right to travel to continue his mission to aid those in need.

We are aware that your organization is currently dealing with a multitude of cases regarding varied issues, however, immediate urgency and priority should be granted to this particular case. The Iraqi homosexual community are in imminent and immediate danger simply for being who they are. It is of vital importance for Hili to be given asylum in the UK so that he may obtain the necessary travel rights to achieve the goals of the Iraqi LGBT organization - to alert the world and expose the truth of the atrocities being committed towards the homosexual community in Iraq. We are requesting that your organization participate in assisting in the asylum case of Ali Hili. Discrimination against the homosexual community affects us all, not only those in Iraq. This is a grave crime against humanity, one for which we as a society, must collectively prevent.

We implore you to help the helpless in Iraq. Their voices are calling out, pleading
for outside intervention. Please do not allow their cries for help and awareness fall upon deaf ears. By petitioning for the granting of Ali Hili's asylum in the UK and his freedom to travel the world to tell his story, you become the Key Master. You are the ones who hold the "key" that unlocks the door of the homosexual community in Iraq's prison, allowing them entry into the world of freedom. Do not think for one moment that a crime against another does not affect you, for as a droplet of water falls into the ocean, the ocean itself is thus affected. What affects the "ONE" affects the "ALL".

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Dobbin

For further information please contact Ali Hili through the London UK based Iraqi LGBT :

22 Notting Hill Gate,
Unit 111 London,
W11 3JE
United Kingdom

Tel: ++44 (0) 79-819 59453

Email: info@iraqilgbt.org.uk

Website : www.iraqilgbt.org.uk
Please copy any letters to the campaign in support of Ali Hili to iraqilgbt@gmail.com .
Useful information:

* Foreign Office: Annual Report on Human Rights
* Human Rights Watch: Iraq: Stop Killings for Homosexual Conduct
* Peter Tatchell: Iraq - Ayatolla Sistani says death to gays
* LGBT Asylum News: Ministers Must Halt Deportation Of Gay Iraqi
* BBC: Saddam's rule 'better' for gay Iraqis
* LGBT Asylum News: Save LGBT refugees, 44 US congresspeople urge Hillary Clinton
* LGBT Asylum News: I'm Gay and Iraqi: Please Help Me!

* Iraqi LGBT annual report
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