Human Rights Watch reports that both security officials and armed civilians tend to attack the LGBT community.
According to the findings of Human Rights Watch (HRW), there have been cases of abductions, rape, killing, done to LGBT persons who were caught and this has relegated the community to fear for their lives.
HRW admitted the government of Iraq is not interested in arresting perpetrators.
Officials have further denied that people within the security forces have bullied LGBT persons.
According to BBC News, about 54 persons from the community were interviewed and explained how often security officials would physically and verbally abuse them. They were usually not allowed to get in touch with an attorney or family members once in detention.
A 31-year-old transgender woman whose actual name was not disclosed was told of being physically attacked by 6 men in a vehicle.
They had set her ablaze and she had been rescued by neighbours.
A 27-year-old gay man who preferred to go by the name ‘Laith’ stated that his boyfriend was killed right before him.
He explained how 4 men came out of their car to kidnap his boyfriend who they took away for torture before they finally shot 5 bullets into him.
LGBT rights researcher from HRW, Rasha Younes, said:
“LGBT Iraqis live in constant fear of being hunted down and killed by armed groups with impunity, as well as arrest and violence by Iraqi police, making their lives unliveable.”
She called on the government of Iraq to respond to these incessant attacks focused on the community.