The horrific story was one of a number to emerge from Misrata after the group sent in a team of interviewers in June to catalogue human rights abuses just after Libyan forces expelled Gaddafi loyalists.
Researchers from PHR were also told that Gaddafi’s men:
forced numerous civilians to act as human shields
perched children on top of tanks to deter Nato attacks
used rape as a weapon of war with deadly consequences
The human rights group, which is based in Boston, concluded that there was widespread evidence of war crimes during the siege.
And for those who habitually excuse this type of behavior as an aberration and complain when I refer to Islam as the ‘religion of rape,’
Richard Sollom, who was the lead author on the report, concluded that no one had evidence that rape was widespread – but the fear of sexual assault was endemic.’One witness reported that (Gaddafi) forces transformed an elementary school into a detention site where they reportedly raped women and girls as young as 14 years old,’ the report noted.
It added that it had found no evidence to confirm or deny reports that Gaddafi troops and loyalists were issued Viagra-type drugs to sustain their systematic rapes.
Note those last two words: “systematic rapes.” What a sick society.
The picture is Iman Al-Obeidi, a Libyan woman who claimed she had been raped by Gaddafi’s men when she rushed into the Rixos hotel in Tripoli. More about her story here.
- Libya: Mohamedist murders his three daughters because they were raped… (americandefenseleague.wordpress.com)
- Libya: Gaddafi forces accused of multiple war crimes (telegraph.co.uk)
- Gaddafi girl baby row (thesun.co.uk)
- Physicians for Human Rights: Libya Troops Held Civilians as Human Shields (foxnews.com)
- Group: Qaddafi troops used kids as human shields (cbsnews.com)
- Report: Gadhafi troops protected tanks with children (msnbc.msn.com)
- Report: Libya troops held civilians as human shields (ctv.ca)
- PHR: Libya troops held civilians as human shields (sfgate.com)
- Rights group says Libyan troops used human shields (seattletimes.nwsource.com)