Libyan militia releases 12 reportedly gay men

Libyan men reportedly detained by extremist militia for being gay
Libyan men detained by extremist militia, reportedly for being gay

An Islamist militia has released 12 allegedly gay men whom it arrested last week, the Libya Herald reports.

Their release was unexpected, since a previous article had stated that the men would be turned over to the Ministry of Justice. The latest article stated:

The Nawasi brigade has released 12 men arrested at a birthday party one week ago.

The men, all of whom are homosexual, were picked up at a farm in Ain Zara after the brigade, Tripoli’s largest Islamist militia, spotted one of the men dressed as a woman and raided the building.

It is alleged that the men have had their heads shaved and received marks to their backs and legs whilst in custody.

Shortly after the arrests, the militia had threatened to execute the men.

Under Libyan law, homosexual activity is punishable by a prison sentence of up to five years.

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, and editor/publisher of Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at [email protected]

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