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UN Summary Executions Expert To Visit Sudan

Summary Executions To Visit Sudan In June

A United Nations expert on arbitrary executions will visit the Upper Nile and Darfur regions of Sudan next month and report to the UN Commission on Human Rights, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

The Commission's Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions, Pakistani lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir, would start her visit in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on 2 June and leave the East African country on 12 June, OHCHR said.

The announcement of the Special Rapporteur's trip comes after the release Friday of the report of a recent UN fact-finding mission to camps for Sudanese refugees in eastern Chad and to the Darfur region of western Sudan.

The report said that while black African rebels in western Sudan appear to have violated human rights in their quest for development, the Government of Sudan and its Arab proxy militia have responded with a "reign of terror" of massive human rights violations which "may constitute war crimes and/or crimes against humanity."

Since her appointment in 1998 Ms. Jahangir has carried out field visits to Afghanistan, Albania, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nepal, Timor-Leste, Turkey and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

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