by, Nikolaj Nielsen | eu observer | h/t Nightmouse @ Blazing CatFur
The threat of terrorists attacks in the EU remains the top national security concern among member states, with some 211 foiled plots last year alone, according to a top EU security official.
The threat of another attack similar in scale to the Paris attack in November last year or in Brussels this past March has national authorities on edge.
Manuel Navarrete Paniagua, the head of the European Counter Terrorism Centre at the EU police agency Europol, told euro-deputies on Monday (23 May) that terrorist cells in the EU were likely stockpiling explosives for later use.
“We have some information reported by the member states that terrorists groups are trying to establish large clandestine stockpiles of explosives in the European Union to be used eventually in large scale home attacks,” he said.
Paniagua was briefing MEPs in the civil liberties committee on the yet-to-be published EU Terrorism Situation & Trend Report (TE-SAT) compiled by Europol and member states.
The report is set for publication in a few weeks’ time.
Paniagua cited figures and broader conclusions due in the report, noting that “jihadist terrorism” remains the top threat to security in the European Union.
The latest attacks in the EU suggest much better coordination among the terrorists than previously thought. He said their combined use of explosives and firearms was also a novelty and a threat that is evolving rapidly.
Authorities have yet to nail down any single profile of a home-grown terrorist or foreign fighter.
But he said many have petty criminal backgrounds. He pointed out a significant proportion of foreign fighters have also been diagnosed with mental problems.
More than 4,000 so-called foreign fighters have been identified in the EU and entered into a Europol database.
“Using the terrorist financial tracking programme, we provided last year more than 2,700 leads regarding foreign terrorist fighters to the member states,” he said.
Some 1,057 people were also arrested last year on terrorism-related offences, he said.
He said there are also unconfirmed reports that some jihadist militants have set up training camps in the Western Balkans and some EU states.
Terrorists and migration flows
Other concerns related to terrorists exploiting the migration flows from Turkey and elsewhere to enter the European Union.
“We found no evidence of the systematic of using this flow to infiltrate terrorists into the European Union. But they do, they use it, we have some cases, some of the people that perpetrated the Paris attacks were eventually disguised in this immigration flow,” he said.
Paniagua said migrants were being victimised twice as result. First they flee terrorists and then again when the same attempt to infiltrate the EU by hiding among the refugees, he said.
“Again, we have no indication that this systematic,” he said.
Earlier this month, Europol announced it would deploy some 200 counter-terrorist and other investigators to migrant arrival centres known as hotspots in Italy and Greece.
Of those, Europol said it would dispatch around 50 “at key points on the external border of the EU” to track down and help identify suspected criminals and terrorists.
A European Commission report earlier this month noted that Turkey is suspected to have around 1,300 Turkish citizens fighting alongside Islamic militant groups in Syria and Iraq.
It noted that the plan to lift visa restrictions on Turkish nationals “could potentially have an impact on the terrorist risk in the EU.”
Approximately 5% of the Swedish population self-identify as Muslim
by, Mattias Albinsson | Fria Tider | h/t Glen Roberts @ Trop
Refugee children and other immigrant groups were behind at least 80 percent of the sexual molestation reported on Swedish bathhouse last year. It writes the police in a progress report presented Monday.
Sexual molestation on the bathhouse was reported at 123 different occasions in 2015, in 112 of the cases were directed against the molestations of girls and eleven meetings against boys.
“In 80 percent of the complaints from the public baths were the perpetrators of the declared or established foreign origin. Most lacked a Swedish personal and reports indicated that they belonged to groups of asylum seekers boys,” says the police in their report.
Police says that the perpetrators in other sexöverfall, which does not occur in the bathhouse environment, although they are primarily people with foreign citizenship.
The report is very grim reading, showing how sexual crimes and insecurity for women in the country exploded in Sweden in asylkaosets track. Police notes that sexofredandena on bathhouses and other public places “have created a sense of helplessness and girls affected have felt deeply offended and scared to go out.”
Police also lists a long series of events that describes how the sexual molestations and abuses often go to the New Sweden:
A sixteen year old girl was attacked by a large number of boys who “were foreign and spoke poor Swedish” who tried to rip off her clothes.Some photographed the event. The girl was walking home with her boyfriend from a party when she was attacked. The boyfriend was a witness to the incident.
In a similar situation two girls were assaulted by a group of 10-20 guys with “African origin” who were 15-20 years old.
At an assault against a girl in a park, a sexual assault of a completed rape by several guys in the group. They had previously been at the same party and saw her leave the place.
At an assault against a 12 year old girl reported the following identifying data; “Four men in the 20-25 age which looked to be Arabs and spoke foreign, possibly Arabic between them”. A passerby young man intervened and was beaten.
One girl said that she would pee in a bush when twelve perpetrators came up to her and sexually harassed her. In this connection, the perpetrators had resorted plaintiff’s wallet. “The sexual the harassment consisted among other things of the unknown perpetrator took the plaintiffs in the butt”
A girl of 17 years, which went from a shopping mall, was followed and stopped by the three “African guys” who attacked her by pinching her butt so hard that her pants broke.
A girl of 13 years who attend special schools were approached by “4-5 foreign guys” who spoke Swedish with an accent. They took her, one at a time “in places she did not like, among other things on her buttocks and breasts.
When a girl was waiting for a train, she was surrounded by six youths in the 15-17 age “of foreign origin”. They poked at her and talked obscene and threatening her in Swedish. When the train arrived broke off the harassment.
In another case, a girl said that she had met a group of about 10 guys 18-20 years of age. Four of the guys in the gang grabbed her shirt and held her arm while three of the other guys took on her body and breasts.She screamed for help, tried to resist and asked them to stop but without success. Eventually she managed to break free.
A girl got on a train molested with obscene gestures by a gang of nine men at age 25, and they tried to block the road when she would go off.None of the guys spoke Swedish and the plaintiff stated in the notification that “they could be from Afghanistan.”
A girl was surrounded on a train of eight men who boarded the same time. Two of the men began to take on her thighs and up toward her crotch. She finally took out a pepper spray and all are moving. All the men were over 25 years old and had foreign origin.
“Attitudes and standards”
The progress report has been prepared by the National Police Operations Department (Noah) and the police’s prescription to remedy asylum immigrants many Swedish sexual abuse against women and girls is to work more with the “attitudes and norms.”
– Sexual molestation is a social problem that is about attitudes and norms. The police alone can not come to grips with the causes but the entire judiciary and society at large need to act against these attitudes and behaviors, says Linda Staaf, head of the police intelligence unit.
Muslim immigrants have reportedly been; ‘..tearing up Bibles, assaulting Christians, sexually abusing women and children and beating up homosexuals..’
by, Liam Deacon | Breitbart News | h/t Glen Roberts @ Trop and Vlad Tepesblog (video)
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A gang of Chechen Muslims wielding knives and baseball bats have allegedly “ambushed” a group of Yazidi migrants in Germany, sparking a “religious war” involving more than 100 people and leaving several hospitalised.
The showdown in Bielefeld, Germany on Saturday night was initially reported as a random fight. However, Westfalen-Blatt reports that those suffering injuries were exclusively Yazidi.
A group called ‘Yazidis International’ has now claimed the Muslims lured the Yazidis out of their hostel, before attacking them with weapons in an assault that correlates with other attacks on non-Muslim minorities seen in Germany’s migrant centres.
One man suffered a head injury, another a skull fracture, one a hand fracture, and another person was seriously cut.
When the police arrived they described the situation as “very confusing” as they struggled to ascertain who was attacking who in the complex, sectarian religious conflict.
The Yazidi group, thought to be Iraqi Kurds, were angered by the initial attack, and began to muster later that evening with the intention of exerting revenge upon the Muslims, Neue Westfalen reports.
The Yazidis are thought to have organised on social media, with around 100 gathered near to the migrant centre where the Muslim migrants were staying. However, police managed to set up a roadblock to contain the group and further conflict was averted.
The police are now reported to be considering ways of keeping the two warring groups apart.
Multiple reports and studies on migrant centres and the migrant crisis in Germany have found that religious conflict and sexual violence is common and widespread among the new arrivals.
A report by Amnesty International released in January found that women travelling in the company of male asylum seekers have been subjected to sickening intimidation.
A separate study published by German newspaper Die Welt in February found that violence toward ethnic minorities, religious minorities and women had increased across German migrant centres.
Muslim men were singled out for tearing up Bibles and assaulting Christians, sexually abusing women and children and beating up homosexuals.
In a related story, provided courtesy of our friend and Infidel brother ‘Vlad the Impaler‘…
Sunni Translators in Germany are Distorting and Falsifying Statements to Authorities, to Protect Other Sunnis:
Awaiting autopsy results to see if “other crimes” were committed against this little girl prior to her death…
by, Tanveer Hossain | Dhaka Tribune | h/t Glen Roberts @ Trop
Narayanganj, Bangladesh: Police in Narayanganj’s Rupganj upazila recovered the body of an eight-year-old girl yesterday, two days after she went missing.
Sumaiya Akhter, daughter of Wazid Miah of Sutalara area, was found dead in a pond adjacent to Sutalara Jam-e mosque in the upazila’s Tarab municipality.
Police detained the muezzin of the mosque, Jahirul Islam, in this connection and he confessed to killing Sumaiya during primary interrogation.
Ismail Hossain, officer-in-charge of Rupganj police station, said Sumaiya and several other children went to the mosque to take Arabic lessons from Jahirul on Thursday morning.
“After the lesson ended, Jahirul allowed to leave all students, except Sumaiya. He also made a loudspeaker announcement from the mosque that Sumaiya had gone missing,” he said.
The body of the minor girl bore several wounds and was sent to Narayanganj General Hospital for autopsy.
Police said Jahirul had confessed to killing Sumaiya by pushing her into the pond but more details would be revealed when he would be extensively grilled.
Sumaiya’s father filed a case with Rupganj police station after her body was recovered.
In the case statement, Wazid said attempts were made to disappear his daughter’s body after killing her.
Pictured above: Attorney at Law and Czech Parliamentarian Klára Samková.
Carrying the Torch of Freedom for Her People…
by, James Delingpole | Breitbart News | h/t Blazing CatFur
Islam is a “criminal” ideology which deserves to be ranked with “Nazism, fascism and communism,” is “incompatible with the principles of European law” and, like its totalitarian predecessors, must inevitably be defeated.
So argues Czech lawyer, activist and politician Klára Samková in a hard hitting lecture she delivered earlier this week in the Czech Parliament to an audience including (some rather bemused) ambassadors from Muslim countries – including the Turkish ambassador who, with several others, walked out half way through.
Her speech (link beneath this article)
The law is an intrinsic and inseparable part of the Islamic ideology. It constitutes the core of the content of Islam while the rules claimed to be religious or ethical are just secondary and marginal components of the ideology. From the viewpoint of Islam, the concept of religion as a private, intimate matter of an individual is absolutely unacceptable. However, that’s exactly the principle on which today’s Christianity and the civilizations derived from it rely. It’s the private relationship of an individual towards God which is more or less mediated by one of the churches. Even those members of our civilization realm who consider themselves atheists, i.e. those who claim not to believe in God, automatically extract their attitudes to life from the Christian traditions while these traditions take the form of either folklore or cultural automatisms which makes them share the generally accepted spirit of Europe and both Americas. Again, it’s necessary to remind ourselves that this view is not only unacceptable for Islam but it is also denounced and explicitly named as a crime. Islam rejects the individual conception of faith in God and in a totalitarian way, it forbids all doubts about itself.
It is, she goes on, a belief system based on an extremely regressive, joyless view of the world.
Islam doesn’t share the Enlightenment’s idea of the social progress associated with the future. According to Islam, the good times have already taken place – in the era of Prophet Mohammed. The best things that could have been done have already been done, the best thing that could have been written has already been written, namely the Quran.
Rather than working with the world – as Judaism and Christianity, or at least the civilizations that have arisen from them do – Islam is filled with hatred for it.
Judaism, Christianity, and the civilization that arose from them have surpassed this unjustifiable skepticism, this contempt of people for themselves. At the same moment, Islam remained a stillborn infant of gnosis, deformed into a monstrously mutated desire to blend with the Universe again, into a retarded obsessively psychopathic paranoiac vision about the exceptional nature of one’s own path towards the reunification of the essence of one’s devotee with God.
Cruelly, this means that Muslims are not brought closer to but further away from God.
This faulty conception also gives rise to the idea penetrating all of Islam about the identification of matter with evil and the contempt for our civilization which is considered materialistic, and therefore intrinsically evil and clashing with God. It’s a genuine tragedy of the Muslims themselves that they have eternally closed their journey to God by pursuing this dead end.
Its vision of humanity is grim and riddled with self hatred.
Depression, perishing, the absence of faith in the human and his irreplaceable value, skepticism towards the dignity of every human being regardless of his characteristics such as religion, social status, sex, and nationality, that’s what characterizes Islam. Islam has rejected philosophy as we know it, as a possibility of a critical and rational view into the nature of reality.
Which probably explains why Islam isn’t big on either human rights – or scientific progress.
This attitude is also preventing Muslims from thinking about the questions on human freedom, dignity, the role of a person and the state, and – paradoxically – also the questions about God which became, within the Euro-American civilization context, an inherent component of the schemes of thought pursued by top scientists – astrophysicists, mathematicians, biologists, who are touching the very foundations of the Universe and therefore the essence of God by their research. However, Muslims are forever forbidden to gain any direct contact with God which they lost at the moment of Prophet Mohammed’s death. How immensely desperate their life must be when it’s essentially just the waiting for death.
Unfortunately, Islam doesn’t want to be miserable on its own. It wants to take the rest of the world down with it.
Islam doesn’t respect development, progress, and humanity. In its despair, it is attempting to take the rest of the mankind with it because from the Islamic viewpoint, the rest of the world is futile, useless, and unclean.
This doesn’t make for a particularly cosy relationship with Western liberal democracy. But most politicians and lawmakers, not least in the European Union, are in denial about this.
Islam and its Sharia law is incompatible with the principles of the European law, especially with the rights enumerated in the 1950 European Convention on Human Rights (and Freedoms). How is it possible that our law experts don’t see this conflict? How is possible that they remain silent?
Muslims have got very good at exploiting what they perceive as weakness in the West’s liberal values.
Islam likes to hide behind the religious mask [for] its permanent, deliberate, and purposeful abuse of the Euro-American legal system and values that the civilizations built upon the Judeo-Christian foundations have converged to. There’s nothing better or more efficient than to abuse the value system of one’s enemy, especially when I don’t share that system. And that’s exactly how Islam behaves. It wants to be protected according to our tradition which it exploits in this way, while it is not willing to behave reciprocally. It relies on our traditions, it claims that the traditions are important, while behind the scenes, it is laughing at us and our system of values.
In Europe, they justify their demands on the grounds that Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights guarantees them freedom of thinking, conscience, and religious faith. But what they – and many lawyers – don’t appreciate as that this Article is subordinate to the one introduced by Winston Churchill, precisely in order to stop the Convention being refused by totalitarian ideologies.
Nothing in this Convention may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein or at their limitation to a greater extent than is provided for in the Convention.
This article was introduced to the Convention by Winston Churchill personally who did it for a special reason, namely as a protection against the totalitarian regimes. He was obviously thinking of the relevant ones of that time, the communist regimes. I have Islam in mind which is equally totalitarian and threatening as the regimes that Winston Churchill was fighting against and which he defeated. The protection by Article 17 correctly applies against any ideology and the fact that the European countries constrained by the Convention decided not to enforce the article so far doesn’t mean that they don’t have the will to do so. These countries are just too kind and benevolent, too aware of the price they have paid while learning about the highest value of the humanity, and too patient.
So far Islam may have made all the running. But it has reckoned without one thing: despite the West’s apparent weakness, the experience of World War II in fact made it tough as nails.
The assumption of the Muslim countries and leaders who have decided to terrorize Europeans by their understanding of the world that the cause of Europe’s inactivity is its weakness, is entirely flawed. Europe has been converging to its opinion and to its world view for the price of tens of millions of human casualties, it has paid by suffering that no Muslim can even imagine.
This will eventually come to a head – and it won’t be pretty.
For some time, Europe will keep on asking this question about the peaceful co-existence. At some moment, the question will undergo a metamorphosis and it will sound very differently. It will no longer be DO YOU WANT TO LIVE WITH US but DO YOU WANT TO LIVE? Do you, the Muslims, want to survive? Because if the devotees of Islam won’t want to live in peace, Europe and America will do what it has done twice when they were threatened by ideologies attacking the essence of the humanity: it will wage a war and crush the enemy.
So it’s in Muslims’ own interests not to go any further down this route.
I am using this gathering and call on all Muslims and all countries that claim that Islam is their religion: Stop it. You are on a wrong track. You are on a track that leads away from God. You are on the road of the murderers. Your death won’t get you to Barbelá, to the land of the non-creator God, but to the land of nothingness and nameless uselessness. Nothing will be left out of you and the name of your alleged religion will only be pronounced when people spit out saliva that was mixed with the dust from the road of the successful, happy, and beloved by God people.
Klára Samková delivered this speech at a conference called “Should we be afraid of Islam” organised by a lawmaker in ANO (the billionaire Babiš’s populist centrist party), Zdeněk Soukup. It took place in the Czech parliament and guests included the ambassadors of Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Samková, though an outspoken radical, is definitely not on the far-right. On the contrary, she’s an activist best known for her defence of a a generally unpopular minority group in the Czech Republic – the Roma – and is widely considered to be a Social Justice Warrior. In the past she has also collaborated with the Union of Czech Muslims – though not so much after this speech.
According to Motl:
The speech was generally applauded by almost all Czech commenters at Internet newspapers of all political colors. But she’s not really exceptional, if you get the logic. It’s a speech that she gave, it was tough and sort of nicely constructed. But the underlying ideas are absolutely generically accepted by the Czech society. So she’s been praised to be brave etc. but what she said simply isn’t taboo in our society.
Our government is ambiguous, in between Orban and the EU, but the Czech public is probably generally more hostile towards the Islamic immigration than the publics of other Visegrad (let alone other EU) countries. So she doesn’t become superfamous or a political superstar by such a speech despite the widespread agreement simply because she doesn’t sufficiently differ from other Czechs and she may be considered one-dimensional with these interests.
Perhaps the speech will be received differently elsewhere in the world. But according to Motl, there are reasons why in Czech Republic its stance on Islam will not be considered particularly controversial.
There are various reasons why Czechs are generally more anti-Islamic-immigration than anyone else etc. It’s hard to convey all the correlations and some of them are speculative. But we have the communist experience which made us immune against some cheap propaganda about the social engineering projects and rosy future they will make. Second, in 1938, we were betrayed by the Munich Treaty – this is an indication that the Western capitals sometimes want to decide about our matters without us. So this is similar – instead of the Germans who could spread in all of Europe without limitations in the late 1930s, now it’s the Arabs, and it’s decided in the Western European capitals again.
Then Czechs are atheists and from many perspectives, that places them even further apart from Muslims than Christians are from Muslims, if you get this point. And there are other things. It doesn’t mean that people are irrationally hostile in some way. They’re just reasonable. The country actually has had a long and successful tradition of trade with numerous countries in the Muslim world, tons of weapons trade with Syria – Assad’s father etc., Libya, and so on, and so on, but also tends to be among the most unequivocal allies of Israel. After some Cameron OK, we could sell some 15 airplane fighters to Iraq, L-159, recently, which should be now used against Daesh. So things actually work but it’s a consensus that we shouldn’t let too many of these visitors to come in and reshape the country. Things are OK enough when isolated at different continents.
In the Parliament, KDU-CSL – a Czech “CDU” – is the most German-like party, with opinions perhaps compatible with Merkel’s although surely not so much pro-welcoming. It’s the smallest party in the coalition now. TOP-09, once a part of KDU, is the main party of the opposition that has (weaker) tendencies to support the Brussels policies (but surely not as strongly as Brussels would like). The rest of politics is basically in consensus that the mass immigration shouldn’t be allowed. Some 98% of Czechs say no, over 90% say no even to temporary hosting of genuine refugees from war zones, etc. The atmosphere really is different even than in England.
by, Klára Samková (Translation by, Luboš Motl)
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by, Mary Harris | Greek Reporter | h/t Glen Roberts @ Trop
Children are being prostituted by adults at the reception center for migrants and refugees at Greece’s old Elliniko airport, says Alimos Mayor Andreas Kondylis. According to the allegations circulating in the media, Kondylis purports that members of the camp are forming minors to prostitute themselves. The incidents take place at night around the refugee hotspot, especially on Fridays and Saturdays.
There are 10 police officers in the area guarding 6,000 refugees and migrants, a number thought to be inadequate. Information and complaints have come from Poseidonos Avenue, where children are purportedly being prostituted in a side alley near the bus terminal.
The information about the happenings at the Athens refugee center comes days after other reports alleging that criminal groups have taken over the refugee and migrant camp in Idomeni, northern Greece, taking advantage of women who are prostituting themselves to make ends meet.
by, Vickiie Oliphant | The Express – UK
Refugees pushed a wagon against a blockade, forcing officers to fire tear gas at rampaging crowds.
A massive brawl broke out, as four tents in the camp were set on fire and rocks and stones were thrown at the police.
Idomeni camp, on Greece’s northern border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, is home to about 11,000 people.
Clashes in the camp are reportedly a regular occurrence as groups try to force themselves through the border and into more prosperous EU states.
Incidents began at 8:30 pm on Wednesday evening, when about a hundred migrants ran towards the police block, pushing a wagon or train cart to break through to the other side.
Video courtesy of: BBC News
Riot squads were quick to respond, firing tear gas at the crowds as the fights worsened.
Most of the protestors were forced to leave the camp, heading for safety in nearby fields.
Hordes of refugees were affected by the police use of tear gas, including pregnant women and children, with those suffering from the physical effects of the gases filling up the only medical tent at the camp.
A police source said that at least three Greek police members were injured.
The number of injured remains unknown.
One volunteer working in the area said the incident is the most serious case of police use of chemicals seen in the region until now.
by, Zoie O’Brien | The Express – UK | h/t Glen Roberts @ Trop
Another German celebration has been blighted by sex attacks after teenage girls were groped, robbed and molested by a group of young migrant men during a street festival.
The women, aged 17 and 18, were sexually harassed by up to 10 men as they tried to enjoy the event in Berlin
According to police the young men surrounded the women as they danced in front of a stage at the “Karneval der Kulturen” festival on Saturday night.
The men allegedly pressed against the teens and groped them before blocking their attempts to escape.
The youngest victim also had her phone stolen, it is reported.
A 27-year-old bystander, who reportedly witnessed the scene, called the police when he spotted one of the girls sitting on the floor and shaking.
The young men aged between 14 and 17 were arrested and the mobile phone found.
Police tweeted that the three suspects were known to the police from prior incidents, adding that “two are of Turkish descent and the third is unknown.”
The “Karneval der Kulturen” or Carnival of Cultures is a four-day festival that celebrates diversity in Berlin.
The latest attack is reminiscent of that in the city of Cologne during New Year celebrations, where over 100 women reported being attacked by men of North African and the Middle Eastern descent.
Elsewhere in Germany, on the same night, hundreds of women reported rapes and attacks.
Police later found notes which some of the men were carrying, translating lewd phrases from Arabic to German to help them assault and rob women.
Cologne Police chief Wolfgang Albers resigned a week after the incident.
Gangs of young men, also believed to have been migrants, molested women in Malmö, Karlstad and Kalmar in Sweden on New Year’s Eve, local media revealed in January.
by, Letta Tayler | Senior Terrorism and Counter-terrorism Researcher | Human Rights Watch
(Misrata) – The extremist armed group Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has unlawfully executed at least 49 people in its Libyan stronghold of Sirte since February 2015, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Those killed, by means such as decapitating and shooting, include captive fighters, political opponents, and people ISIS accused of “spying,” “sorcery,” and “insulting God.”
The 41-page report, “‘We Feel We Are Cursed’: Life under ISIS in Sirte, Libya,” also finds that ISIS is inflicting severe hardship on the local population by diverting food, medicine, fuel, and cash, along with homes it seized from residents who fled, to fighters and functionaries it has amassed in the Mediterranean port city. As the de facto government in Sirte, ISIS has the duty to ensure that all residents are able to exercise their basic human rights, including the rights to food and health.
“As if beheading and shooting perceived enemies isn’t enough, ISIS is causing terrible suffering in Sirte even for Muslims who follow its rules,” said Letta Tayler, senior terrorism and counterterrorism researcher. “While the world’s attention is focused on atrocities in Syria and Iraq, ISIS is also getting away with murder in Libya.”
The 49 executions by ISIS in Sirte city and outlying areas that Human Rights Watch documented followed largely secret proceedings that negate the most basic fair-trial standards. ISIS also has kidnapped and disappeared dozens of Libyan militia fighters, many of whom are presumed dead, exiled Sirte city councilmen and fighters from groups opposing ISIS told Human Rights Watch.
The murder of civilians, or wounded or captive fighters, by members of a party to an armed conflict is a war crime, as is executing people without a fair trial by a regular court. The nature and scale of ISIS’s unlawful executions and other acts in Libya also may amount to crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said.
Human Rights Watch interviewed 45 former and current Sirte residents in March 2016, in Misrata, a coastal city 240 kilometers west of Sirte, as well as by telephone and email. They included relatives of people ISIS killed or detained, as well as exiled local officials and members of rival armed groups. Human Rights Watch also interviewed Misrata government and security officials and foreign-based Libya security analysts, among others, and crossed-checked information against sources including media reports and videos of ISIS acts in Sirte.
The Sirte residents described scenes of horror – public beheadings, corpses in orange jumpsuits hanging from scaffolding in what they referred to as “crucifixions,” and masked fighters snatching men from their beds in the night. They said morality police aided by informants patrolled the streets, threatening, fining, or flogging men for smoking, listening to music, or failing to ensure their wives and sisters were covered in loose black abayas, and hauling boys and men into mosques for prayer and religion classes.
A photo of a billboard in Sirte, Libya released by ISIS media lists seven rules for women’s abayas, which must be ‘bulky’ and cover their entire bodies.
“Ahlam,” 30, who had come to Misrata for health care, cried as she said she and her family would have to return to Sirte:
Life in Sirte is unbearable. Everyone is living in fear. They are killing innocent people. There are no groceries, the hospital has no doctors or nurses, there is no medicine. …There are spies on every street. Most people have left but we are trapped. We don’t have enough money to leave.
ISIS also is looting and destroying homes of perceived enemies, more than a dozen residents said. The group also closed shops specializing in lingerie or Western clothing, they said.
ISIS began taking over Sirte in February 2015. By August, it controlled the entire city, including the port, air base, main power station, and radio station, along with all local government offices and finances, creating its biggest stronghold outside of Iraq and Syria. ISIS has set up at least three prisons in Sirte, including one in a former preschool. The group has allowed communications with the outside world only through ISIS-run call centers, and shut all banks but one, which is open only to its members, former residents said.
Classes have been suspended at Sirte University since late 2015, when teachers and students stopped attending after ISIS banned history and law instruction, and ordered separate shifts for male and female students. ISIS has patrolled primary and secondary schools and quizzed the students on Islamic law, former residents said.
Fighting since 2014 between militant factions supporting two rival governments, one to the east and one to the west, has left governing institutions in a state of near-collapse. A third, United Nations-brokered “unity” government has yet to gain authority. The United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, and France are reported to be preparing a military campaign against ISIS in Libya. In May 2016, rival Libyan armed forces began separate mobilizations for an advance on Sirte.
An ISIS lecture on Sharia (Islamic law) at the Ouagadougou complex in Sirte, Libya, where former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi once hosted summits with world leaders. The caption in Arabic reads: “Speech by one of the brothers (why we are holding Sharia sessions)” ISIS 2016 image, circulated on social media.