Thousands of LGBT people have been displaced in Iraq and Syria, as the terrorist group known as ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) continues to actively target and execute gay men.
This week, the group’s propaganda agency released three pictures of a man being executed for suspected homosexuality. The pictures were identified as being taken in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, though differing reports identify the location as Damascus. The first photo shows the man being dangled from the top of a high building by three assailants.
A recent report from the Human Rights Campaign highlighted how men alleged to have sex with men are hunted down by ISIL, targeted on social media and subjected to extreme violence.
Among the vicious attacks: ISIL has tied nooses around these men’s necks and dragged them behind trucks, burned them alive, thrown them off buildings and stoned them to death.
The report states: “ISIL has unleashed a reign of terror against civilians and vulnerable minorities living in areas it has seized, including barbarous violence against LGBTQ people.
“ISIL’s extreme ideology is interpreted by its followers to require the death penalty for those who engage in sexual relations outside of heterosexual marriage, including same-sex sexual relations.”