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Libya to compensate women raped during 2011 uprising

Published on Feb 20, 2014 6:24 AM

TRIPOLI (REUTERS) - Libya will offer compensation to women raped during the 2011 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (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.

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