The Sudanese government has been accused of orchestrating and participating in war crimes and crimes against humanity in its western Darfur region. The findings by United Nations investigators were presented at the fourth session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Over the next three weeks, reports will be made on the human rights situation in a number of countries including Liberia, Myanmar and North Korea. The mission was dispatched by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate charges of widespread abuse in Sudan’s vast Darfur region.
Prevented from entering Sudan by the government, the team travelled to neighbouring Chad where many refugees have fled and where the Sudanese conflict is spreading. Their report backs up accusations of what it calls “gross and systematic human rights violations” by the government which it says “is complicit in those crimes with the Janjaweed militia that it arms and trains”. The crimes include murder, mass rape and kidnappings. At least 200,000 people are estimated to have died in Darfur’s four-year conflict, and millions have been displaced.