International Advocacy

Human rights of LGBT+ individuals is clearly protected under international human rights law, and despite the fact that Iraq did not support the United Nations' declaration on sexual orientation and gender identity in 2008, and supported an opposing statement sponsored by Syria; Iraq can still be held accountable for all the crimes that are being committed against the LGBT+ people inside the country because Iraq has signed a number of international human right treaties including many which include a number of articles that ensure equal rights for all people regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identities. 


These treaties include The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, Convention on the Rights of the Child, and Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. 


IraQueer represents the only local human rights organizations that is solely focusing on bringing the violations against the LGBT+ community to the attention of international governments and agencies through continuous advocacy and lobbying efforts in collaboration with our international partners. 


You can find our publications related to our international advocacy work here