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Twelve men to be executed by Libyan militia for allegedly being gay

Source: Gay Star News

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An extremist Salafist militia in Libya captured twelve men promising to mutilate and kill them for allegedly being gay

25 November 2012 | By Dan Littauer

Twelve men face mutilation and execution for allegedly being gay after being captured by an extremist Libyan Islamist militia.

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).

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.

Speaking with 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 fact that they were captured by this extreme Salafist militia is very worrying.

‘The situation for LGBT people after the revolution generally improved, people can meet each other more easily than under the Qadaffi [Gadaffi] regime, although, of course we still have to be very discreet and careful.

‘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.

‘The police is largely absent or powerless so Libyan civil society has a real problem; the militias often take the law onto their own hands.

‘That 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.’


Wow, I will be praying for the LGBT community. Has the president or the UN made any comments about the issue?


Not sure. Sometimes, it makes the problem worse because some people do whatever they want to and they prove it by doing it no matter what anyone says.

There is love in the world but also a whole lotta hate out there.

The good news, is that the haters are dying out, and GLBTQ people's freedoms are happening all around the world like a stack of dominoes.

We have won 3 states for marriage equality (Something that the haters said that would NEVER happen) by popular vote. which was Maine, Maryland, and Washington state, and people in Minnesota voted not to amend their state constitution to define marriage can only be between one man and one women.

So they are saying NO, we do not want a constitution with hate as a tenet of it's principles, or to deny a group of people the same rights that everyone else enjoys!

So now there are 9 states in the union that will allow glbtq marriage and I am sure that California will be next.

Secretary Clinton's Historic Speech on LGBT Human Rights - "Gay rights are human rights"

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UN condemns gay and trans killings with new draft resolution

For the first time, the United Nations acknowledges a need for protections from executions on the basis of gender identity.

25 November 2012 | By Jean Paul Zapata

The UN has approved a draft resolution urging member states to protect LGBT people from executions and other murders.

The resolution is meant to hold states accountable to investigating all extrajudicial executions, and for the first time pressures states to properly address crimes committed on the basis of people's 'gender identity'.

Introduced by Sweden and co-sponsored by 34 states, the resolution passed by a vote of 108 to 1, with 65 abstentions and Iran as the only country opposed.

According to the United Nations press release, Sweden's assembly representative said the sad reality was that sexual orientation and gender identity had often been behind extrajudicial killings, and the proposed amendment could help keep countries from looking the other way when such incidents occurred.

Ali Jernow of the the International Commission of Juris told GSN: 'I think it is very significant the draft resolution is including gender identity because it acknowledges that transgender people are vulnerable and for the UN to say that is very important'.

The resolution has included clauses against crimes of 'sexual orientation' for the past 12 years, which were temporarily removed two years ago because of a push by a group of African states.

The UN resolution could prove useful in protecting LGBT communities in UN member countries like Uganda, where the 'Kill the Gays Bill' could diminish government prosecution of crimes committed on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

We can only pray that we will live to see the day when love is the law of the land and hate is outlawed.


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