The Islamic State executed at least 25 people in Syria for homosexuality, according to the UK-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The monitoring group spoke with the UK’s The Independent.
Those killed are said to include a 15-year-old boy accused of having sex with an ISIS commander. While the boy was thrown off a building to his death, the commander was demoted and sent to the front, but his life was spared.
“Daesh (another name for Isis) accuses people of being gay only on the basis of some superficial information without any investigation,” Syrian civil rights activist Rawd Ahmed told told Syrian news agency ARA. “Although the Islamic law bans homosexuality, the brutal punishment by Daesh has never been witnessed throughout history.”
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said six people were killed by stoning, three by shooting and 16 were thrown from buildings and then stoned when they hit the ground.
For more information on the Islamic State and its human rights abuses see Clarion Project’s Special Report: The Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL)
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