Libyan Cabinet Plans to Recognize Rape Victims from 2011 Uprising as War Victims

By Katie Bacharach

The Libyan Cabinet has issued a decree that would put women raped during Libya’s 2011 uprising on the same level as wounded veterans by recognizing them as war victims.  

Pro-Gaddafi forces are alleged to have used rape of women as a weapon against rebel forces during the uprising. The decree, which still would need congressional approval to go into effect, contains 12 measures, including financial assistance and physical and psychological health care. Recognizing rape victims is unprecedented in the conservative North African country, and the hope is that this will help with reconciliation efforts.

See the BBC for more details.