US Reaction to Sexual Violence in Libya

The United States is deeply concerned by reports of wide-scale rape in Libya. Since Eman al Obeidi bravely burst into a hotel in Tripoli on March 26 to reveal that Qadhafi’s security forces raped her, other brave women have come forward to tell of the horrible brutality they have experienced.

Recently, the International Criminal Court has taken note of the appalling evidence that rape in Libya is widespread and systematically employed. A thorough investigation of this matter is needed to bring perpetrators to justice, said the Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton in a statement issued today, June 17, by the US Department of State.

We are also troubled by reports of sexual violence used by governments to intimidate and punish protestors seeking democratic reforms across the Middle East and North Africa, said the Secretary.

Rape, physical intimidation, sexual harassment, and even so-called “virginity tests” have taken place in countries throughout the region. These egregious acts are violations of basic human dignity and run contrary to the democratic aspirations so courageously expressed throughout the region.

Qadhafi’s security forces and other groups in the region are trying to divide the people by using violence against women and rape as tools of war, and the United States condemns this in the strongest possible terms, the statement said.

It is an affront to all people who are yearning to live in a society free from violence with respect for basic human rights. We urge all governments to conduct immediate, transparent investigations into these allegations, and to hold accountable those found responsible, it was stated.

Related posts:


Drought Conditions in East Africa Remain Dire
Classroom in the Sky for Higher Learning in Dubai
Additional U.S. Forces in Iraq to Train Iraqi Soldiers
Waiting for Mamu to Help Prison Children in Nepal
Why ISIS Terrorists Burnt Jordanian Pilot Alive
John Cantlie: ISIS Hostage or ISIS Spokesman?
Sonia Gandhi Attacks Modi Government
Republicans Release New Video: Hillary’s First Live Story
Climate Justice Has Won: Narendra Modi
Over 8 Million Children Affected by Conflict in Syria
Custom Content Services