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requested into reports of violence against gay Iraqis

requested into reports of violence against gay Iraqis

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission asks Bush administration to intervene.

A global gay rights group is calling for the United States to investigate reports coming out of Iraq that gay people there are increasingly being kidnapped, attacked, murdered, and otherwise threatened solely because of their sexual orientation. The New York City-based International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission has sent a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, asking the Bush administration to look into the predicament of gay Iraqis and make sure they are protected. "We call on the United States, political leaders around the world, and Iraqi authorities to take responsibility for speaking out and stemming the targeting of gay people for kidnapping and murder, and seeing that those committing these crimes are punished," Paula Ettelbrick, executive director of IGLHRC, said in a statement. "The acts of violence within the Iraqi community are part of a larger pattern of violence that has arisen out of the current war and sectarian tensions," she added. "We believe it is the responsibility and obligation of the United States, considering its present involvement in Iraq, to protect and support the most vulnerable and marginalized populations being targeted for this violence." A recent report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs stated such antigay violence is on the rise. (The Advocate)

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