rejected a United Nations human rights report on
Thursday for being "superficial" and
discussing socially taboo subjects such as
homosexuality, reports the Associated Press.
in Baghdad, the U.N. report expressed concern for the
rights and safety of gays and other vulnerable groups in
Iraq. "The current environment of impunity and
lawlessness invites a heightened level of insecurity
for homosexuals in Iraq. Armed Islamic groups and
militias have been known to be particularly hostile toward
homosexuals frequently and openly engaging in violent
campaigns against them," the AP quoted the
report as saying. "There has been a number of
assassinations of homosexuals in Iraq."
numbered civilian deaths in the region in 2006 at 34,452;
the Iraqi government did not dispute that figure.
spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh told AP, "I am not talking
about figures. I am talking about details in the report.
There was information in the report that we cannot
accept here in Iraq. The report, for example, spoke
about the phenomenon of homosexuality and giving them
their rights. Such statements are not suitable to the Iraqi
society. This is rejected."
Gays in Iraq
typically keep their sexual orientation secret, as
homosexuality is widely unacceptable in the predominantly
Muslim country. (The Advocate)