United Nations: The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for executing at least 30 people for sodomy, the head of an worldwide gay rights organisation said today at the first-ever UN Security Council meeting spotlighting what organisers called the “barbaric treatment”.
“I’m receiving messages daily from my friends who are terrified and feeling alone because of ISIL’s constant attacks, murders, and infiltration and shutting off of the one escape route to safety in Turkey“, said Subhi Nahas, an openly gay Syrian refugee and representative of the Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration. “This was to be my fate too”. “I bear a scar on my chin as a token of his rage”, per Reuters.
Ms Power also referenced one incident, allegedly from Syria, where a man accused of having a gay affair was thrown off the building of a roof.
In one incident, government troops abused him, calling him a “faggot, sissy and other profanities”, he said.
The meetings comes as the administration is under pressure from lawmakers to deny visas to diplomats’ spouses if the envoys come from a country that doesn’t recognize same-sex spouses of State Department personnel. Only China, Russia, Malaysia, and Nigeria spoke, along with Chile and the United States. Meanwhile, Security Council members Angola and Chad decided not attend it.
The focus of the U.S. program is the fight against ISIS, and many rebels have publicly complained that they do not wish to endure the lengthy vetting process if they cannot attack the Syrian revolution’s primary adversary, the Assad regime.
“It is impossible not to take up the struggle for their rights as our own as we have other great human rights struggles”, she said during the meeting. This historic event recognizes that the issue of LGBT rights has a place in the UN Security Council.
He added that IS hunted down gay people by using the phone and Facebook contacts of those they had already captured. She called on Congress to raise the cap on the number of refugees resettled to the U.S. each year – which is now 70,000 – in response to the unprecedented 60 million people currently displaced worldwide.
Power noted that it was hard to verify details of attacks against gays in the maelstrom of violence that has ravaged Syria for more than four years and in Iraq for longer still.
August 18 The United States and its allies launched 20 air strikes on Monday against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, according to the Combined Joint Task Force leading the air operations. “In highlighting acts of horrific brutality that these individuals have endured, today’s discussion challenged the global community to develop better and more effective protections for LGBT persons …”
Attendance to informal meetings by council members is not compulsory.