UN Security Council to meet on Islamic State gay attacks

August 13, 2015 21:55

UNITED NATIONS - Two men, one Iraqi and one Syrian, targeted by Islamic State for being gay will brief the United Nations Security Council on their experience as part of a bid by the United States and Chile to draw attention to the "brutal attacks" by the militant group.

Islamic State has declared a caliphate in swathes of territory it has seized across Iraq and Syria. The United Nations and rights groups say the militants rape and kill women, recruit child soldiers and attack religious minorities.

"(Islamic State) ... has targeted one particular community with seeming impunity and scant international attention: LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) individuals, and those perceived to be LGBT," the United States and Chile said in a note outlining an informal Security Council meeting on Aug. 24.

Reuters obtained the note on Thursday.

The two nations said Islamic State carried out extrajudicial executions of gay people by throwing them off high buildings and has posted online at least eight visual reports of such killings.

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