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Improve plight of Darfur’s displaced, Sudan told
November 22, 2017
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GENEVA: The United Nations urged Sudan to end violence and human rights abuses against the 2.6 million people displaced by its long conflict in Darfur, a UN report documenting the abuses said on Tuesday.

Conflict in Darfur began in 2003 when mainly non-Arab tribes took up arms against Sudan’s Arab-led government.

Progress on resolving the conflict was a key demand made by the United States before it lifted 20-year sanctions last month that had long-isolated the country.

Sudan said last month that it would extend a unilateral ceasefire with rebels that has been in place since October 2016 until the end of December.

The UN report found that “despite a ceasefire between the Government and various armed opposition groups... violence against internally displaced people continues to be widespread and impunity for human rights violations persists.”

“I urge the Government to address fundamental issues that are preventing the return of displaced people, such as continued violence, including from armed militias, which raise continuing and justifiable fears for their safety and the lack of basic services that leave them dependent on aid,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement.

People displaced by the conflict face “outright absence of law enforcement and judicial institutions” and “serious human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law,” the statement said.

Sudan’s deadly conflict in Darfur broke out in 2003 when ethnic minority groups took up arms against Bashir’s Arab-dominated government, which launched a brutal counter-insurgency.

The UN says at least 300,000 people have been killed and more than 2.5 million displaced as a result of the conflict.

Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir, who is wanted by The International Criminal Court for genocide and war crimes related to the Darfur conflict, will visit Russia on Thursday, the Kremlin said.

The visit will be the long-time Sudanese leader’s first official trip to Moscow.

“We can confirm that (a meeting will take place) on Thursday,” news agencies quoted Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov as saying.

He did not say whether the Sudanese leader would be meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin or another senior official.

Reuters
 

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