As ISIS Executes 9 More Gay Men, U.N. Hears Of Group’s Threat To LGBT People

The Islamic State has taken credit for murdering 30 more people accused of homosexuality.

On Sunday, ISIS members reportedly threw nine men charged with being homosexuals from a building in the Iraqi city of Mosul in Ninevah.

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“Gunmen belonging to ISIS threw on Sunday nine civilians from the top of a high building in the city of Mosul after being accused of homosexuality,’ a source told

“ISIS militants rounded up a number of citizens in the city to see the implementation of the judgment of the so-called Sharia judge.”


The murders came just one day before the United Nations Security Council convened a special meeting to discuss the threat the Islamic State poses to LGBT people in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.

At the gathering, the first to address LGBT rights, diplomats heard ISIS has claimed responsibility for at least 30 other executions for “sodomy.”

“The international community must understand anti-LGBT persecution as a component of how ISIS treats those it labels as ’impure,'” said Jessica Stern, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. “These threats exist on a continuum of violence and discrimination before, during, and after conflict.”

Last week, footage emerged showing two Syrian men accused of being gay thrown off a building, and children stoning their lifeless bodies on the ground.

As there are no trials, it’s never clear whether the victims are actually gay, or if ISIS just uses homosexuality as an excuse to execute dissidents or undesirables.

h/t: Pink Star News

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.