02.21.142:17 PM ET

Libyan Rape Victims to Receive Financial Compensation

Women attacked under Gaddafi’s regime would be considered war crime victims.

In an unprecedented move, The International Criminal Court issued a decree calling for the financial compensation of victims raped during the 2011 Libyan uprising. The decree concluded that Muammar Gaddafi ordered the rape of women as a weapon and victims should be treated and compensated as war victims. The decree offers 12 measures for relief, including monetary and psychological support for the perhaps hundreds of victims of Gaddafi's ruthless regime. Voters are currently electing a new congressional body to write Libya's constitution, but the Justice Department promised it will not wait for a national congress to enact the decree.