Twelve men face mutilation and execution for allegedly being gay after they have been captured by an extremist Libyan Islamist militia.
The twelve men were, apprently, 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 with 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, with manily violent comments such as ‘flog them hard!, ‘let them see bullets!’, ‘free Libya! [i.e. 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, hand 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’ (i.e. gay sex) and that they are to be mutilated and executed.
The militia also claim they have now become legal part of the Libyan ministry of interior.
The group also 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.