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Underreported: The Persecution of Iraqi Gays

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Iraq's LGBT community is facing a wave of violence and persecution. Iraqi Police sources say that in the past month alone, the bodies of six young men have been found in Sadr City, some with placards labeling them "perverts" or "puppies", the derogatory Iraqi term for gays. We’ll speak with Ali Hili, founder of the Iraqi-gays-in-exile group Iraq LGBT from England. We’ll also be joined by US Representative Jared Polis, who recently returned from Iraq and has spearheaded efforts to investigate the treatment of Iraqi gays.

Guests:

Ali Hili

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