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UN to hold meeting on Islamic State gay attacks


United Nations (United States): The UN Security Council has decided to hold a meeting to hear about the recent attacks of Islamic State on sexual minorities.
US ambassador Samantha Power has pointed out the meeting as the first-ever council meeting focused on gay rights.
Power has revealed that Islamic State attacks on gays had been well-documented.
She exclaimed the first Security Council meeting on LGBT rights as an historic one.
Power added that the informal meeting decided to hold on August 24 would draw public attention on ISIL and its systematic targeting of LGBT persons finding in ISL-controlled territory.
The United States and Chile will jointly host the proposed UN council meeting that will be opened to all member-states interested in the issues regarding the execution of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender people by the Jihadists.
UN envoys will hear accounts from people such as Adnan, an Iraqi who fled northern Iraq after being targeted as gay, Syrian Subhi Nahas, who was also threatened and Jessica Stern, the director of the International Gay and Lesbian Rights Commission.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has come to know that IS fighters had dropped two men from a building in the city of Palmyra and then stoned them until they die.
IS had posted photographs showing Jihadists throwing a man off a rooftop and then stoning him to death as he was a gay.
Nothing is known about the participation of the number of countries having anti-gay laws, but Power is expecting a reasonable turnout.
The United States is leading an international coalition committed to defeat the jihadist group, which has declared a caliphate in June 2014 after seizing the Iraqi city of Mosul.
Even now, the Islamic State has been controlling large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, and has gained support in Libya, Yemen, Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East.


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