Friday, June 10, 2011

The UN condemned the sexual violence committed by the forces of Gadhafi

.- The violations "are part of the arsenal used by Gadhafi forces" denounced the special representative of UN secretary general to issues of sexual violence in conflict, Margot Wallstrom. The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno Ocampo, reported this week that the regime of Moammar Gadhafi had bought the large quantities of Viagra and products for distribution and inciting soldiers and sexual abuse.

In this regard, Wallstrom said they had received credible reports of various organizations and UN agencies with a presence in Libya on cases of violations, but acknowledged that she leads the team "has no operational capability" on the ground, so it depends information to third parties.

He explained that the main obstacle to compile the information is that "few women are to report being raped because that is a very serious risk for them." Libya argued that women can be flogged or stoned for making a report such as this can stigmatize them for life, which is why today's complaints are probably just the tip of the iceberg.

" Wallstrom said Luis Moreno Ocampo is now present evidence of sex crimes being committed in Libya to the Security Council of the UN to take necessary measures. In that sense, it disagreed with the view expressed yesterday in Geneva by the President of the UN commission of inquiry on Libya Bassiun Cherif, who said his team found strong evidence that sexual violence being used so systematic and widespread as a weapon of war.

"We have to address it as a serious crime," he asked Wallstrom, who said that rape had become "a tactic of war that is cheap and highly destructive," while "establishing long-term effects and affects individuals, communities and entire nations. " He said the phenomenon is so widespread in situations of conflict that "being a woman in the front lines is more dangerous than being a soldier." The most serious of using sexual violence as a weapon of war is the Democratic Republic of Congo, where it is stated that 200 thousand women were victims, though some institutions questioned that figure and that would speak up to twenty times higher.

Wallstrom illustrated the impunity surrounding this crime in the following figure: in the Balkan wars occurred between 20 000 and 50 000 rapes and Justice to process only 30 leaders.

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