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Iraq: Homosexuality

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the treatment of gay and lesbian people in Iraq in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. (256122)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have received some reports of violence committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation. These however do not appear to point towards any systemic or institutionalised abuse of the homosexual community in Iraq. Rather they indicate unconnected acts perpetuated by bigoted individuals. FCO officials remain in contact with vulnerable groups organisations such as the UK-based Iraqi Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans-Gender Group. We will continue to monitor this situation carefully.