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US State Department claims Iraq’s anti-gay law a human rights threat




A bill that made same-sex partnerships illegal was enacted by the Iraqi parliament yesterday, according to the US State Department, endangering human rights and freedoms as well as Iraq’s capacity to draw in international investment, reports RTE.

“This amendment threatens those most at risk in Iraqi Society. It can be used to hamper free-speech and expression and inhibit the operations of NGOs across Iraq,” a US state department statement said, reports RTE.

The Iraqi parliament enacted a bill that makes same-sex partnerships illegal and carries a potential 15-year jail penalty. The measure was passed with the intention of upholding Islamic values.

Rights activists denounced the measure as the most recent assault on Iraq’s LGBT community.

A 1988 anti-prostitution legislation will be amended to sentence transgender persons to three years in prison. 170 out of 329 lawmakers in the country attended the session where the modifications were accepted, reports RTE.

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