Intro: Libya is one of the most dangerous places on earth for a gay person. The country is an active war zone between Islamist coalitions (with several divisions) against the government coalitions–the Libyan National Army (land, sea and air forces) as well as other loose brigades. It is not incorrect to call Libya a multi-war
With an area of almost 1.8 million square kilometres (700,000 sq mi), 90% of which is desert, Libya is the fourth largest country in Africa by area, and the 17th largest in the world. Libya has the fifth highest GDP largely due to its large petroleum reserves and low population. In 1969, a small group of military officers led by then 27-year-old army officer Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi staged a coup d’état against King Idris. Gaddafi has ruled since with an iron fist despite the existence of a legislative branch of government. Homosexuality is illegal and can be punished with up to 5 years imprisonment, or 10 years when committed in an act of violence. Libya has also been known to execute gays and lesbians under Islamic Sharia Law. Also see: Islam and Homosexuality
Three men accused of being homosexual are reported to have been executed by the Islamic State (ISIS). The men were reportedly shot in the head at the town’s main Ateeq Mosque following afternoon (Asr) prayers. Libya is in a chaotic condition with militant groups fighting each other for control, including ISIS Traditional Islam condemns homosexuality and
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