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Monday, 12 March 2012 - 8:26
Iraqi 'emo' youths reportedly killed by conservative militias
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Human rights activists say dozens of Iraqi teenagers have been killed in recent months by militias who consider them to be devil worshippers.

The young people are described as "emos", a term used in the West to refer to youths who listen to rock music and wear alternative clothing.

Reports say that up to 58 teenagers have been beaten to death or shot in the last month, most of them men.

Iraq's interior ministry recently described emos as devil worshippers.

In Iraq, the term emo is also conflated with homosexuality, which although legal is socially and religiously taboo.

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