Twelve men face execution by Libyan militia for allegedly being gay
The militia stormed a private party in Tripoli and took the men hostagePictures of men with hands up against wall were posted on FacebookMilitia states on Facebook page that mission is to rid Libya of gay people
19:54 GMT, 26 November 2012
An extremist Libyan militia has captured twelve men who now face mutilation and execution for allegedly being gay.
The militia stormed a private party in Ain Zara, a suburb of the capital Tripoli, late on Thursday night and took the men hostage.
Pictures of the men with their hands up against the wall and their faces covered as well as one of a man's back with a henna tattoo have been posted on Facebook.
Under threat of death: Twelve men face mutilation and execution after they were captured by an extremist Libyan militia
One of the pictures was accompanied by the Quranic call 'there is no power but the power of Allah!'
Gay Star News reported that the group labelled the men the 'third sex' which is a term used in the Arab Gulf area to denote homosexuals.
At the time of writing, the picture of the men received 133 likes, 138 shares, and 189 comments some of which were 'flog them hard!', ‘let them see bullets!’, ‘free Libya! [ie from gays]’ and ‘ride them like camels’.
The militia call themselves the 'special deterrence unit' on their Facebook page and on it they boast that they caught the men doing the 'practices of the people of Lot' (i.e having gay sex) and that the men are to be mutilated and executed.
The group also posted this picture of a man's back with a henna tattoo which has received 46 likes and 30 shares
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
They identified the group as the Al-Nawasi militia, who are considered to be extreme Salafists.
The group also claims that they have now become a legal part of the Libyan Ministry of Interior.
They state their mission is to remove ‘corruption’, ‘vice’, alcoholic drinks and now gays from the streets of Libya.
A Libyan LGBT activist nicknamed Khaleed told Gay Star News: ‘Many of us fear that some of the
militias [there are over 250 of them in the country], which are extreme
Islamists who are very well armed and financed, will focus on the LGBT
community and hunt us down.
police is largely absent or powerless so Libyan civil society has a
real problem; the militias often take the law onto their own hands.
the Al Nawasi militia claims they are now part of the Ministry of
Interior is very worrying; this move should be unacceptable to the
public and to civil society groups.’
The group's Facebook page (pictured) features the photo of the men which has attracted many 'likes' and 'shares'
Plea: Human Rights Watch Libya (Facebook page pictured) left a comment on the page saying they hope the organisation will not treat the men inhumanely