12 Gay Men Face Execution by Libyan Militia
Startling reports out of Libya have surfaced and according to Gay Star News, 12 men may be mutilated and executed by an extremist Libyan Islamist militia group for allegedly being gay.
The militia busted the men’s private party in Ain Zara, a suburb of the country’s capital of Tripoli, on late Thursday night. They allegedly captured the men and took them hostage. Though the men’s identities have not been revealed, the group posted pictures of the men on Facebook and describes them as the "third sex" -- a term used in the Arab Gulf area to denote gay men and lesbians.
The photos show the 12 men with their hands up against the wall and their faces covered. Gay Star News points out one of the men has a henna tattoo on his back. In another picture, the Quranic text placed into the image can be translated to "there is no power but the power of Allah."
As of this writing, the photo of the men has 133 "likes," 199 comments and 148 "shares." According to the article, some of the comments from Facebook read: "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," according to their Facebook page and they brag that they caught the men doing the "practices of the people of Lot," or engaging in gay sex. They also stated that they will mutilate and execute the men.
Officials from Human Rights Watch Libya also left a comment on the photo and said they hope the men will be treated humanely and urged the group to turn the men over to civil authorities. The civil rights group identified the militia as the Al-Nawasi militia, who are considered to be extreme Salafists, or Muslims who regard the Salaf (meaning ancestors) as prime examples of Islamic practice.