22 July 2014

Libya: Armed Militias Kill Filipino for Being Non-Muslim

press release

Cairo: — The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) denounces the armed militias' brutal act of kidnapping and subsequently beheading a Filipino citizen, on July 15, for being a non-Muslim.

An armed militia group in Libya stopped three persons (Libyan, Pakistani, and Filipino) in a vehicle, singled out the Filipino one, and abducted him for allegedly being a non-Muslim. Afterwards, they contacted the company, where the Filipino works at, to negotiate with it demanding a ransom of $160,000. On July 20, the militia re-contacted the company asking it to check one of the hospitals, where the Filipino's corpse was found beheaded and in a state of decomposition. This shows that the kidnappers killed him during the process of negotiating the ransom.

On his part, Philippine Foreign Ministry spokesman "Charles Jose" urges the Filipino community in Libya, which approximately reaches 13000 Filipino, to promptly leave the country overland through Tunisia or Egypt, due to lack of safety there.

"The act committed by the armed militias in Libya is a brutal crime. Freedom of belief is an inherent and inalienable human right that shall be guaranteed", ANHRI says.

ANHRI adds "Libyan authorities are responsible for confronting these criminal acts carried out by militia members that are scattered all over the country". ANHRI adds

The Arabic Network calls upon the Libyan authorities to promptly arrest the culprits and bring them to a fair trial. It also demands to protect the minorities and foreign communities and to ensure their freedom and safety. Freedom of belief and religion should be guaranteed for all people, and sectarian violence taking place in the country should be controlled, ANHRI demands as well.

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