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Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has been criticized for reported abuses against Christians.

TRIPOLI, LIBYA (BosNewsLife)– 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 BosNewsLife 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.”


  1. Those who are in jail in Libya are my cousins and my dear friends. It should be mentioned that we love our leader, Al-qaddafi. He is a nice man. We love him. We deny any news that say he is behind the arrest of converted people from Islam. We know that he is a kind man. He is an open minded man and respects all religions. We used to listen to his speeches and enjoy his ideas and philosophy.Whatever is said about him, we love him. We pray that God prolong the days of his life and fill him with the good news. We wish him well and may God bless him and his family.
    As for my cousins, I do not know the reason behind their arrest. I hope that they be released soon.

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  2. Please let me add, that there is a link between the case of these Christian converts and the upcoming Durban II conference. You find it explained in this resolution text that was sent to the government of the Federal Republic of Germany:

    needless to say nobody replied …

    According to a cousin and friend of the unjustly imprisoned ones the Christian converts are still not free

    note also, he is convinced that the Libyan leader Muammar Al-Gaddafi has no knowledge about it.

    If BosNewsLife could imagine to report about the events that happend in the meantime I would be glad to provide you with corresponding information.



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