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Libyan Militia Threatening To Mutilate And Execute 12 Men Accused Of Being Gay

by David Badash on November 26, 2012

in International,News

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An extremist Libyan militia has captured twelve men and is threatening to mutilate and execute them because they believe they are gay, according to a Facebook page, which has many disturbing photos of the 12 men.

“The twelve men were, apparently, having a private party in Ain Zara, a suburb of Tripoli, the country’s capital, when the militia captured them, late on Thursday night (22 November),” Gay Star News is reporting:

The group boasted by posting the pictures of the men on Facebook, describing them as the ‘third sex’ (a term used in the Arab Gulf area to denote ‘queers’) including one of the men who had a henna ‘tattoo’ on his back.

One of the pictures was accompanied by the Quranic call ‘there is no power but the power of Allah!’

At the time of writing, the picture of the men received 121 likes, 118 shares, and mainly violent comments such as ‘flog them hard!’, ‘let them see bullets!’, ‘free Libya! [ie from gays]’, ‘ride them like camels’ and so on.

Human Rights Watch Libya left a comment saying the organization hopes the men will not be treated inhumanely and called upon the militia to hand the men to the civil authorities (the comment received no likes).

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.

The militia has been previously been reported as being responsible for attacks against Sufi (moderate form of Islam) shrines and followers.

Gay Star News has, so far, not been able to independently verify the reports.

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{ 1 comment }

leliorisen November 26, 2012 at 10:18 am

It only took 2 days, but I am glad to see other groups finally start to report on this. I posted a diary about it on Daily Kos with links to the GSN article and Facebook over the weekend, but reaction is very slow. We do have the Gay Star News to thank for being very pro-active in putting the story out there. It obviously is in need of follow-up investigation.

The Facebook page is very disturbing, by the way. A man from Great Britain had let FB know he was taking his own site down if they did not take down the militia's posts. So what happened? This militia group proudly posted about the man, publishing his name (and of course, location). They then republished the photo.

If you go to the FB page, considering the lack of privacy with accounts, you need to be careful.


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