Middle East

Witch-hunt in Iraq

Iraqi law enforcement agencies are involved in the systematic and deadly persecution of gay men and women there, a BBC investigation has revealed.

Dozens, if not hundreds, of gay people have been killed in recent years, activists say, while the Western-backed government turns a blind eye - or worse. The UN tells the BBC that neglecting these acts of violence makes the Iraqi state a perpetrator in the crimes.

Credits: Natalia Antelava, Peter Murtaugh, Bill McKenna, Daniel Nasaw.