World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


UN - Possible War Crimes In Sudan's Darfur

UN Rights Chief Prepares To Brief Security Council On Possible War Crimes In Sudan's Darfur

As the top United Nations human rights official prepared to brief the Security Council on reported war crimes in Sudan's western Darfur, scattered reports of violence continued to come in today from the region where tens of thousands of people have been killed and up to 1.85 million others displaced in the past two years.

The UN Advance Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) said incidents included an armed attack by tribal militia four days ago in South Darfur state, where two civilians were reportedly killed and 1,500 cattle looted. The police intervened and the attackers fled.

The African Union (AU), which has monitoring teams in the area, is facilitating the return of livestock stolen by the Janjaweed on 9 February in the Kass area of South Darfur where other cattle looting has been reported.

The AU reported that part of a market was burned down in tribal clashes east of Nyala in which four villagers were allegedly killed and four wounded.

In North Darfur Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) rebels reportedly attacked Sudanese Government forces east of Al Fasher and also allegedly seized nine commercial trucks, UNAMIS said.

The SLA and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) took up arms against the Government in early 2003, partly in protest at the distribution of economic resources.

On Wednesday, High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour is to brief the 15-member Security Council in New York on the report of the International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur, which found earlier this month that the Government and Janjaweed militia are responsible for crimes under international law and strongly recommended referring the dossier to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

While concluding that the Government had not pursued a policy of genocide, the Commission found that Government forces and militias had committed crimes against humanity that "may be no less serious and heinous than genocide," such as indiscriminate killing of civilians, torture, enforced disappearances, destruction of villages, rape and other forms of sexual violence, pillaging and forced displacement.

The five-person Commission also found credible evidence that rebel forces were responsible for possible war crimes, including murder of civilians and pillage.

Secretary General Kofi Annan has called on the Council to consider possible sanctions over what the Commission called "serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law amounting to crimes under international law."

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news