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Libya: Six believers could face the death penalty for sharing their faith

The majority of Christians in Libya are members of the Coptic Orthodox Church; Greek Orthodox Christians in Libya are under the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Alexandria. In Tripoli, the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George is still open, but is subject to sporadic harassment and persecution.

For more coverage of the persecution of Christians in Libya, see here.

“Persecuted Christians await fate in Libya limbo,” by Katey Hearth, MNN, June 23, 2023:

Libya (MNN) — Six believers in Libya could soon face the death penalty for sharing their faith.

The group was detained in March as part of a wider crackdown on Christ-followers in Tripoli. Two American missionaries were arrested and deported during the same period.

One of the six believers published a video explaining how she came to Jesus when she was 15 years old.

“The six believers thought maybe they have like freedom now, they can share their faith, and right away, they [were caught] by the security there.” Riadh Jabballah with Voice of the Martyrs Canada says.

Libya’s constitution guarantees religious freedom to non-Muslims. However, it also defines Islam as the state religion. There are no anti-conversion laws per se, but the Constitution’s loose wording provides space for persecution. More about that here.

“Libya is a fully Islamic country,” Jabballah says.

“Libyan Christians are particularly vulnerable to persecution, especially those from a Muslim background.”

The six Libyan Christians are still waiting for a court date. “We don’t know exactly what [will] happen to them. Maybe they’ll kill them; nobody knows, so we pray for them,” Jabballah says….

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