U.S. Ambassador: Gaddafi Is Giving Troops Viagra To Help Them Rape Libya's Women

During the conflict in Libya, Moammar Qaddafi's forces have been using everything at their disposal to try and defeat NATO-backed rebel troops. Tank fire, artillery, mortars, even mines are all being used to disable opposing forces. Viagra can now be added to the list too, says U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan E. Rice.

During the conflict in Libya, Moammar Gaddafi's forces have been using everything at their disposal to try and defeat NATO-backed rebel troops. Tank fire, artillery, mortars, even mines are all being used to disable opposing forces. Viagra can now be added to the list too, says U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan E. Rice.

Rice made the claim today to the U.N. Security Council during a closed-door meeting, as she argued that Libyan forces must be defeated, and that NATO must continue to support the rebels. She said that Gaddafi has been passing out Viagra tablets to front line troops as part of a campaign of sexual violence that includes the raping of Libyan women.

It's not the first time the strange, but utterly disturbing, allegation has been made. Human rights advocates say the claim first came out last month when a doctor in Ajdabiya said Viagra and condoms were given to Gaddafi troops. "I have seen Viagra, I have seen condoms," the doctor, Suleiman Refadi told Al Jazeera during an interview.

U.N. council diplomats said that Rice had no direct evidence for her claims, and that the doctor's testimony was never proven. The Human Rights Watch interviewed the same doctor and found that he also had no direct evidence to support his claim.

Fred Abrahams, a special advisor for Human Rights Watch, said the HRW is “actively investigating" the allegations but haven't found any hard evidence thus far. "We have a few credible cases of gender based violence and rape, but the evidence is not there at this point to suggest it is of a systematic nature, or an official policy. On Viagra and condom distribution we have nothing so far. It's not to dismiss it, but we do not have (the evidence)."

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