By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 19 June 2014:
More than three years after the beginning of the uprising that overthrew Qaddafi, Libya’s rape victims . . .[restrict]from the revolution may finally be compensated. Minister of Justice Salah Marghani announced in a press conference yesterday the approval of the Council of Ministers for the establishment of a fund for paying reparations to victims of sexual violence and other violence.
Hundreds of women were raped during the 2011 revolution. The International Criminal Court has stated that the Qaddafi regime used rape as a weapon of war and has documented cases of both men and women being raped.
A compensation decree was first issued in February and issued again last Wednesday, declaring that rape committed during the revolution was a war crime and that reparations had to be paid to rape survivors.
Last week’s decree, issued by the Ministry of Justice, states that victims of rape under Qaddafi’s regime will also be eligible for compensation, as well as other victims of violence not specified.