Mobile Phones Document Rape as Weapon in Libya

libyanflag.pngUsing rape as a weapon in war and other violent conflicts is unfortunately nothing new. Ivory Coast recently experienced an epidemic of it during a conflict for the contested presidency there. But in Libya, the proliferation of mobile tech has resulted in a surprising amount of direct video evidence of this revolting practice, evidence which may result in the punishment of those responsible.

According to Libyan rebels, the troops of the country’s nominal leader, Moammar Qaddafi, have been using rape on civilians. This isn’t an accident, they say, but a policy, at times directly enforced by officers of the Libyan army. According to the Sunday Times’ Marie Colvin, there is evidence for this assertion: mobile phone video, taken by the criminal soldiers and officers themselves.

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