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Rape and sexual torture ‘rife’ during Lebanon’s civil war

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Gender-based crimes, including rape, gang rape and sexualised torture, were rife during Lebanon’s civil war, according to a new report which sheds light on the plight of women and girls. For the first time, the length and breadth of sexual crimes committed against women and girls at the hands of state actors, state and non-state aligned militias during the 1975-90 civil war, has been compiled in a lengthy report by Legal Action Worldwide (LAW), a human rights organisation. “The investigators found grim accounts of violations including mass rape, sexualised torture, genital mutilation and force…

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