Pro-dictator troops given Viagra, says US

Pro-dictator troops given Viagra, says US

Several UN diplomats who attended a closed-door Security Council meeting on Libya said that US Ambassador Susan Rice raised the Viagra issue in the context increasing reports of sexual violence by Gadhafi's troops. 

“Rice raised that in the meeting but no one responded,” a diplomat said on condition of anonymity. The allegation was first reported by a British newspaper.
Pfizer Inc’s drug Viagra is used to treat impotence.

If it is true that Gaddafi’s troops are being issued Viagra, diplomats said, it could indicate that they are being encouraged by their commanders to engage in rape to terrorise the population in areas that have supported the rebels.

The use of rape as a weapon during wartime has received increasing attention at the United Nations. Last year, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed a special envoy on sexual violence during armed conflict, Margot Wallstrom.

Earlier this month, Wallstrom chided the Security Council for failing to mention sexual violence in two recent resolutions on Libya, despite having made the subject a priority.
Wallstrom said at the time that reports of rape in Libya remained unconfirmed but cited the highly publicized case of Eman al-Obaidi, the woman who burst into a journalists' hotel in Tripoli last month saying she had been raped by pro-government militiamen.

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