2015

When Coming Out is a Death Sentence: Persecution of LGBT Iraqis <pdf>

This 18-page briefing paper, documents violence and serious human rights abuses against LGBT individuals perpetrated by relatives, vigilantes, ISIS and other militias, as well as by State security forces. It also provides a series of recommendations aimed at Iraqi authorities, foreign embassies, relief organizations, donor countries and others on effective measures that can be taken to protect the lives of LGBT Iraqis. This report was based in part on the IWHR Clinic’s documentation and investigation. This publication was released shortly after the fall of Mosul during a time of extreme volatility nationwide. Given the immediate safety concerns for the international documenters IWHR Clinic chose to remain anonymous in this report for safety reasons. As the situation has stabilized, IWHR Clinic has re-emerged in its visibility as a collaborator on this publication.

 

We're Here: Iraqi LGBT People's Accounts of Violence and Rights Abuse <pdf>

This report compiled by the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), MADRE and IGLHRC with the assistance of the IWHR Clinic, contains first-hand accounts of anti-LGBT violence and discrimination from five Iraqis. The report reveals violence from the government, family members, acquaintances and community members. The report aims to bring greater awareness about life as an LGBT individual in Iraq. This publication was released shortly after the fall of Mosul during a time of extreme volatility nationwide. Given the immediate safety concerns for the international documenters IWHR Clinic chose to remain anonymous in this report for safety reasons. As the situation has stabilized, IWHR Clinic has re-emerged in its visibility as a collaborator on this publication.

 

Living with Fear: Torture and Discrimination Committed Against LGBT Persons in Iraq <pdf>

This report was written in collaboration with the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), MADRE, and IGLHRC. It documents urgent areas of concern related to the torture of LGBT people in Iraq for the UN Committee Against Torture review of Iraq, held in July 2015. Information on human rights violations in this report was gathered through field interviews and documentation of personal testimonies in late 2014 and early 2015 by local Iraqi women’s organizations and the IWHR Clinic at CUNY Law School and is supplemented by reports from news agencies and human rights organizations. The report concludes with a set of specific recommendations for advancing the Iraqi government’s compliance with its obligations under the CAT. Arabic version is available by request.

 

Seeking Accountability and Demanding Change: A Report on Women's Human Rights Violations in Iraq under the UN Convention Against Torture <pdf>

This report was written in collaboration with the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), MADRE, and IGLHRC. It documents urgent areas of concern related to the torture and discrimination of women for the UN Committee Against Torture review of Iraq, held in July 2015. The report documents violations committed against victims of trafficking, and gender-based violence, including attempted honor killings and domestic violence in Iraq, under numerous articles of the Convention. Furthermore, the report puts forth specific recommendations to the Iraqi government on measures for enhancing compliance with its obligations under the Convention, and providing redress to the victims of the abuses. Arabic version is available by request.

 

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2010 and earlier

  • Gibbs v. State of Mississippi, Amici Curiae Brief, November 2010
  • Request for Precautionary Measures to Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) regarding Haiti, October 2010
  • Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Decision, Women and Girls Victims of Sexual Violence Living in 22 Internally Displaced Persons Camps, Precautionary Measures No. MC-340-10, December, 2010
  • Memo to Special Representative Walter Kalin regarding Haiti, October 2010
  • IWHR Report: Gendered Housing Perspective, Fall 2009