Libya to compensate women raped during 2011 uprising

TRIPOLI Wed Feb 19, 2014 5:58pm GMT

1 of 3. Libya's Justice Minister Salah al-Marghani speaks during a news conference at the headquarters of the Ministry of Justice in Tripoli February 19, 2014.

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TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya will offer compensation to women raped during the 2011 NATO-backed uprising which toppled Muammar Gaddafi, its justice minister said on Wednesday, touching a taboo subject.

Hundreds of women may have been raped during the eight-month conflict, according to the International Criminal Court, which has collected evidence that pro-Gaddafi forces used rape as a weapon to spread fear among its opponents.

No exact figures for the number of women raped are available.

Human rights activists have pushed for compensation, but rape victims are often ostracised in the conservative Muslim country where discussion of the crime remains taboo, so it is not clear how many victims would actually come forward.

Justice Minister Salah al-Marghani said the cabinet had issued a law that would recognise women raped during the conflict as war victims, putting them on the same level as wounded former rebel fighters requiring medical treatment.

"This group (of women) is weak and needs our care," Marghani told reporters. "It (the law) will give them many rights...and cover also compensation."

He did not say what compensation the women would get. Other war victims are entitled to benefits that may include medical care, a safe place to stay and financial assistance.

(Reporting by Ghaith Shennib and Ulf Laessing; Editing by Alistair Lyon)

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Raymond.Vermont wrote:
I believe I read somewhere that serious doubts about the rebels claims of mass rapes have arisen.

Where such happenings had occurred, the rebels themselves have been cited as having committed honour killings of the said victims.

Feb 19, 2014 7:17pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
gmboc1 wrote:
To My Dismay, That the human right smarty guys really do not understand the Libyan, Egyptian, and other MB influenced countries. These MB terrorist ORG. “DO NOT KNOW WHAT HUMAN RIGHTS MEANS”, not to mention , the scary part , an overwhelming number of the human rights members are, are you ready every one? are MB’S!!! END STORY!!
I realizes that i drifted from the topic, but its within.

Feb 19, 2014 9:21pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
gmboc1 wrote:
To My Dismay, That the human right smarty guys really do not understand the Libyan, Egyptian, and other MB influenced countries. These MB terrorist ORG. “DO NOT KNOW WHAT HUMAN RIGHTS MEANS”, not to mention , the scary part , an overwhelming number of the human rights members are, are you ready every one? are MB’S!!! END STORY!!
I realizes that i drifted from the topic, but its within.

Feb 19, 2014 9:21pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
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