Today, Libya adopted an important decree for the reparation of crimes of sexual violence perpetrated during the war. It establishes a structure tasked with identifying the victims and delivering the benefits they are entitled to.
“This is an important step towards the ending of sexual violence“, added Souad Wheidi, director of the Observatory for Gender in Crisis, currently attending the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London.
On 19th February 2014, the Libyan Minister of Justice, Mr Salah El Marghany, adopted a decree recognizing victims of sexual violence perpetrated during the revolution in Libya as victims of war and providing them with access to reparation necessary to enable them to rebuild their lives. It was already a symbolic victory for the victims but the text still had to be implemented.
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