Amnesty: Darfur rights situation dire

2014-03-14 07:43
(File, AFP)

(File, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Khartoum - The human rights situation in Sudan's Darfur region remains dire as civilians continue to bear the brunt of abuses, 11 years after conflict broke out there, Amnesty International said on Friday.

"Ongoing impunity in Darfur has ensured that perpetrators of human rights abuses have no incentive to stop and has encouraged others to commit similar abuses," said Michelle Kagari, the London-based watchdog's East Africa deputy director.

"The international community must step up efforts to ensure accountability", she said as Amnesty released a report documenting "deliberate targeting of civilians accompanied by looting, rape and murder."

The report describes how fighting between the Salamat and Misseriya tribes in Central Darfur state left entire communities homeless and scores dead or injured.

Eyewitnesses described large attacks targeting civilians and carried out by militias, including Sudanese paramilitaries, Amnesty said.

"The Sudanese authorities must immediately rein in paramilitary forces" and hold to account those responsible for serious abuses, Kagari said.

Worsening crime

The battles between Salamat and Misseriya were among many inter-communal clashes in Darfur last year, when conflict uprooted 380 000 people.

That was more than in any year since 2004 at the height of the Darfur conflict, the United Nations has said.

Rebel-government clashes are no longer the main source of violence in Darfur, where insurgents from black tribes began an uprising against the country's Arab elites in 2003.

Over the past two years, Sudan's deteriorating economy has led to worsening crime and intercommunal tribal clashes, a February report by the UN chief Ban Ki-moon said.

Some cash-poor paramilitaries have joined the tribal fighting over gold and other resources, the report said.

Analysts say the government can no longer control its former Arab tribal allies, whom it armed against the insurgents.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    sudan  |  east africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Habana believes in younger Boks
All Blacks ready for a 'hell of a battle'
Barnes to ref Boks, Wales clash
Brave Blossoms: 'Sport heroes of Japan'

Your incisive and innovative mind is on fire. You may be keen to explore new avenues that can help to inspire you. You more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.