ISIS out to exterminate all homosexuals in Mideast, uses Facebook to hunt them down
The jihadist Islamic State is out to exterminate all males perceived as homosexuals in Syria and Iraq, and it uses Facebook to track them down, the head of an international gay rights organisation to the United Nations on Monday.
During a UN Security Council meeting Monday, Jessica Stern, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), said ISIS has already killed at least 30 people for sodomy, meaning those who it perceived to be gays.
Subhi Nahas, a gay refugee from Syria, said the persecution of gays in Syria began even before ISIS, reports said.
He said President Bashar Assad’s government “launched a campaign accusing all dissidents of being homosexuals” when uprising started in 2011. He added that gay hangouts were raided and people were arrested and tortured.
“Some were never heard from again,” he said.
When the al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front took over the Syrian town of Idlib in 2012, militants warned that “they would cleanse the town of those involved in sodomy,” he said. Homosexuals were then arrested and executed, Nahas said.
When ISIS seized the city last year, the violence against homosexuals worsened, he said