International Institute for Religious Freedom

Bonn – Cape Town – Colombo



Libya: 'a country where Christians shouldn't come'

Migrants and refugees in Libya are increasingly facing widespread abuse and persecution on religious grounds, a report by Amnesty International has revealed.

Libya: ISIS video purports to show killing of Ethiopian Christians

Islamic State militants in Libya shot and beheaded groups of captive Ethiopian Christians, a video purportedly from the extremists showed Sunday. The attack widens the circle of nations affected by th...

Libya: Egypt launches air strikes against the Islamic State in Libya, after the beheading of 21 Copts

Training camps and military arsenals in Libya targeted. Al-Sisi states that "Egypt and the entire world" must counter the Islamist challenge. Video released of the beheading of 21 Egyptian workers. St...

Libya: Libyan militants hold 20 Egyptian Christians hostage

The kidnapping of at least 20 Coptic Christians in two separate incidents in December and January has been claimed by Libyan militants affiliated with the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

Libya: New Libyan premier’s home is attacked (Washington Post)

Taken from USCIRF Daily News Digest - May 27, 2014

Libya: Libya's Maiteeq wins congress confidence vote after militia threats (The Guardian)

Taken from USCIRF Daily News Digest - May 27, 2014

Libya: Two Egyptian Christians slain

Relatives say Orthodox Copts refused Muslims' demand to convert to Islam

Benghazi, the Coptic Church of St. Mark is torched

The attack took place last night. Authors of the act Still unknown. The building had been attacked a few weeks ago.

Benghazi, Coptic Christians denounce torture and attempts to convert them to Islam

44 of the 48 Christian vendors arrested in the market of Benghazi in February on charges of proselytizing have returned home. The Salafis forced them to say the prayer of conversion to Islam and spit ...

Benghazi, 48 Egyptian Christians arrested on religious grounds

Islamists in Benghazi continue their hunt of Christian workers in the country accusing them of proselytism. The latest case concerns the arrest of 48 Egyptian Coptic Orthodox traders arrested last wee...

Libya: UN independent experts condemn destruction of Sufi religious sites in Libya

Three United Nations independent experts today strongly condemned the destruction of Sufi religious and historic sites in various parts of Libya, as well as the intimidation and excessive use of force...

Libya: Sufi Muslim shrine bulldozed in Libya

Attackers bulldozed a Sufi Muslim shrine and mosque in the Libyan capital on Saturday, one day after hardliners razed a similar shrine and library elsewhere in the country.

The Key to Securing Religious Freedom in Post-Arab Spring Nations

Since a series of protests and demonstrations began across the Middle East and North Africa in December 2010, three regimes have fallen