Iraqi ‘emos’ victims of brutal killings
BAGHDAD | Iraqi teenagers widely perceived to be gay are being brutally killed in Baghdad, with Shiite militias distributing lists of targets warning of further assaults, officials and human rights groups say.
At least 15 teenagers, described as “emos” for their tight-fitting black clothes and alternative hairstyles, have been stoned, beaten to death or fatally shot in the past month, medics say.
Reports also have said some of them had their heads smashed with concrete blocks.
Human rights groups say the death toll is far higher amid accusations of a cover-up by security forces.
Witnesses in the conservative