Captured by a Muslim militia group, 12 allegedly gay men in Libya face mutilation and death
A DOZEN allegedly gay men in Libya face mutilation and death after they were captured by an extremist Muslim militia group.
The twelve men, according to this report, were apparently at a private party in Ain Zara, a suburb of Tripoli, the country’s capital, when the Salafist group captured them.
The group then posted the pictures of the men on Facebook, describing them as the “third sex” (a term used in the Arab Gulf area for “queers.
Human Rights Watch Libya left a comment on Facebook, saying the organization hopes the men will not be treated inhumanely and called upon the militia to hand the men over to the civil authorities.
The militia Facebook page entitled as the “special deterrence unit” boasted that the men were captured doing the “practices of the people of Lot” (ie gay sex) and that they are to be mutilated and executed.
The militia also claim they have now become a legal part of the Libyan Ministry of Interior.
The group states its mission is to remove “corruption”, “vice”, alcoholic drinks and now gays from the streets of Libya.
Human Rights Watch Libya identified the group as the Al-Nawasi militia, who are considered to be extreme Salafists. HRWL reports that the militia group’s page has since been removed from Facebook.
The militia has been previously been reported as being responsible for attacks against Sufi (moderate form of Islam) shrines and followers.
Speaking to Gay Star News, a Libyan LGBT activist nicknamed Khaleed stated:
We never had any gay nightclubs in Libya, so it is not uncommon for Libyans – straight, bisexual and gay men to party in a private space, drink, dance, have fun and sometimes even have sex. That they were captured by this extreme Salafist militia is very worrying.
Hat tip: Great Satan & BarrieJohn