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Over 5 people arrested in Sulaimani for practicing homosexuality

  2021-04-02  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Sulaimani security forces stand guard over four people detained for practicing homosexuality on April 1, 2021. Photo/Sulaimani security forces
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Kurdish security forces in Sulaimani arrested at least five people on Thursday (April 1) suspected of being homosexual in anti-LGBT crackdown, Head of Sulaimani Narcotics Control Directorate Pshtiwan Bahadin said.

Several security forces installed temporary checkpoints in Sulaimani’s Sarchnar and raided places frequented by LGBT members (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender).

Public opinion is generally conservative and the detainees are being held on charges of “debauchery” and “sexual deviance.”

Head of Sulaimani Narcotics Control Directorate said they will continue their operation to arrest the city’s gay and transgender community.

Homosexual practices are prohibited under Iraqi Penal Code which applies to the Kurdistan Region. The law provides for sentences ranging from 6 months and a fine against anyone who has sex with someone of the same sex.

(Zhyan English)