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The Iraqi Parliament issues a law regarding homosexuality and transgenderism…and this is the punishment

On Saturday, the Iraqi Parliament approved a law criminalizing same-sex relations and transgenderism with a prison sentence of up to 15 years, after the first version provided for the death penalty.
This text, which represents an amendment to the Anti-Prostitution Law of 1988, was adopted during a session attended by 170 deputies out of 329, according to a statement issued by the Parliament’s Information Department.
The new provisions stipulate a prison sentence of between 10 and 15 years for same-sex relations, as well as the exchange of wives.
US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller commented, saying, “We are deeply concerned about the approval of the amendment to the anti-prostitution and homosexuality law in Iraq. This amendment threatens the most vulnerable groups in Iraqi society and weakens Iraq’s ability to diversify its economy and attract foreign investments.”
Likewise, Amnesty International, in a statement to Agence France-Presse, criticized the “violation of basic human rights,” considering that the amendments adopted on Saturday “pose a danger to Iraqis who are already exposed to harassment on a daily basis,” in a conservative country where sexual minorities live their lives in secret.

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