Same-Sex Relationships risk 15-Year Prison in Iraq

The Iraq parliament at the weekend passed a bill seeking same-sex relations punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

The bill will also sentenced a transgender individuals to three years in jail under the amendments of the 1988 anti-prostitution law.

New Telegraph reports that the legislation was adopted during a session attended by 170 out of 329 lawmakers.

Previous draft had proposed capital punishment for same-sex relations.

But the new amendments allow the courts to sentence people to between 10 and 15 years in prison.

They also set a minimum of a seven-year prison term for “promoting” same-sex relations and a sentence ranging from one to three years for men who “intentionally” act like women.

The amended law makes “biological sex change based on personal desire and inclination” a crime and punishes trans people and doctors who perform gender reassignment surgery with up to three years in prison.

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