The head of the Libyan Parliament's Human Rights Committee has resigned and fled to London, saying he's received death threats.
Hassan Al Amin, prominent for his long opposition to the Gaddafi regime, recently spoke out against armed gangs and militias in his Misrata area.
His self-imposed exile comes as hostilities against Libya's Christian minority, many by armed groups in the east, have increased in recent months.
On March 14, in Benghazi, eastern Libya, as-yet publicly unidentified arsonists set fire to the main Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church. Pictures - notably by Libya's Herald ('The New Independent Libya Daily') - show the windows of the church blackened by smoke. No casualties were reported, but reports say the fire produced more damage inside the two-storey building.