I wish activist/analyst Scott Long didn’t seem so instantaneously accurate in his pessimistic prediction about yesterday’s historic U.N. Security Council session, which focused on anti-LGBTI violence perpetrated by the Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL.
Today he writes:
“My fear (I wrote two days ago) was that ‘the Security Council will only give more impetus to murder’: that ISIS, provoked by the ill-considered publicity around this move, would slaughter more people. I hope I’ll be disproven; I’d dearly love not to be right. But I’m afraid I am.”
ISIS reportedly threw nine civilians to their deaths from a tall building in Mosul, Iraq, after they were accused of homosexuality.
Long says that the men seem to have been “rounded up quickly [over the weekend] upon some urgent mandate. It’s hard not to suspect this wave of killing was a pre-emptive answer to Monday’s UN Security Council meeting on gays and ISIS — which was making headlines in both Western and Arab media fully nine days earlier.”
For more information, read Long’s blog post, “New killings: ISIS answers the UN Security Council.”
- ISIS throws 9 homosexuals from tall building in Mosul (Aug. 24, 2015, Iraqi News)
- U.N. session on LGBTI killings by ISIS — ‘historic’ or mistake? (Aug. 24, 2015, 76crimes.com)
- (Aug. 24, 2015, Washington Blade)
- The UN Security Council debates gays and ISIS: Why this is a bad idea by Scott Long (Aug. 23, 2015, A Paper Bird)
- These Gay Men Who Fled ISIS Just Made History (Aug. 24, 2015, BuzzFeed)
- ‘Islamic State’ has reported 15 LGBTI executions (May 15, 2015, 76crimes.com)
- “When Coming Out is a Death Sentence” — IGLHRC report on dangers faced by LGBTI Iraqis