PRESS RELEASE: Libya – IHRC expresses concern over reports surrounding Gaddafi’s death


The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) notes with concern the reports surrounding the circumstances of the death of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, his son Moatassem and groups of their supporters. While IHRC extends its sympathy to the people of Libya in the many years they have suffered oppression at the hands of the previous regime, IHRC expresses alarm at the prospect that Gaddafi and his supporters may have been subjected to extrajudicial killings whilst in rebel custody.

IHRC also rejects the association of any such alleged acts with Islam and calls on the National Transitional Council in Libya to uphold the principles of due process.

Massoud Shadjareh, chair of IHRC, stated:

“IHRC rejects the notion put forth by some quarters that Islam, by default, endorses or even condones extrajudicial killing. IHRC would like to make it clear that Islam, in all forms, does not permit extrajudicial killings.

“Islam does not compromise on the issue of due process under any circumstance. IHRC urges the authorities in Libya to set an example for future generations and for the entire region by establishing and defending due process.”

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