Monday, March 16, 2009

Libya Urged to Stop Torturing Christians for Leaving Islam...

Libya's feared intelligence service has "detained and tortured" four Christians for converting from Islam, as part of a wider crackdown on people embracing Christianity, human rights group said in comments monitored by Worthy News Thursday, March 12.

U.S.-based International Christian Concern (ICC) said the believers, whose names were not identified, were imprisoned for the past seven weeks in Tripoli, Libya's capital.

"Libya's External Security Organization is believed to be behind the detention and torture of the Christians" ICC said, citing local sources.

The security agents have reportedly barred families from visiting the detained converts and ICC said they "are putting severe physical and psychological pressure on the Christians in order to force them to reveal the names of other converts."

"Fearing for their lives, converts from Islam are on the run," the group added.


ICC said the detention and alleged torture of the Christian converts come despite efforts by Libya to improve ties with the international community.

Libya began re-establishing relations following the recent lifting of sanctions, which were imposed due to the country's involvement in the bombing of an American airliner, in which 270 people were killed.

However, "by torturing the four Christian converts and stifling religious freedom, Libya is once again violating basic principles of the international human rights law," ICC said. Libyan officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

"We call upon Libyan officials to stop torturing the four Christians and release them from detention," added ICC Regional Manager for Africa, Jonathan Racho. "Libya must respect the rights of its citizens to worship freely and not to be tortured. We particularly ask the Libyan leader and the current head of the African Union, Mr. Muammar Gaddafi, to set the prisoners free and demonstrate his country's commitment to respect human rights."

The group said it had urged its supporters to "pray for the safe release of the detained believers" and "for comfort and strength of their families."



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  3. There we go again. An excellent example of the extent to which Islam is absolutely mortified of Christianity. You see, Islam cannot survive if Muslims had the freedom to convert out of Islam. This is demonstrated time and again.

    Maldivian Christians were arrested, tortured and persecuted in 1998. We have grown immensely in number since then. MoIA is only offering us free advertising by blocking Sidahitun and Gospelgo Dhivehi web sites. As a direct result of the block more, people are beating the system and accessing these sites right here from Maldives. Thank you Sheikh Bari and the folk drinking halal Shiraz and doing the belly dancing in the black tents.

    You see, our movement is unstoppable. More and more Muslims are leaving Islam and becoming Christians in the Islamic heartlands of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya, Maldives and Malaysia. Bring it on mullahs!

  4. Anonymous3:01 PM

    The only websites i was aware of were sidahithun (and that too because of the Islamic Ministry's attempt to block it previously) and simon's blog. Now I know the rest. Not that they're very 'controversial'.

  5. We are everywhere; not just on the web. Last week the Tourism Fair ended in Germany. We were there at the Maldivian stalls handing out "Isa" the Jesus film in Dhivehi. Maldivian visitors to the stalls demonstrated an insatiable appetite for the handouts, including the Dhivehi Bible. Mullah Bari, did you try to block that? No, you were powerless in the Free World as much as you are pathetically so in cyberspace.

    We even handout Dhivehi Christian literature to Maldivians going to haj and umrah, right inside masjidul haram and at Jeddah airport. Eat your hear out Mullah Bari. If you want proof of what I am saying, you only have to ask the customs service to do a random check of the luggage of those returning from umrah.

  6. Over five years ago, the Male' based Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs ordered Dhiraagu to block Sidahitun, Dhivehi Observer, Minivan News and GospelGo. A muslim friend in the Maldives advised me as GospelGo webmaster to pierce the block via proxy. It worked. Hundreds of courgaeous dhivehin responded to the gospel. Supreme? what a joke! If they were supreme, then Allah and Mohamed would be their slaves.

    What can stop Jesus? Nails failed. What can stop his Church? The gates of hell cannot.

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