Sudan army and rebels accused of war crimes in South Kordofan


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Crimes against humanity may have been committed by government and rebel forces, during the recent spate of violence in the disputed Sudanese region of South Kordofan, according to a report by the United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR).

The report describes a wide range of alleged violations of international law in the town of Kadugli, as well as in the surrounding Nuba Mountains, after fighting broke out on 5 June between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan People's Liberation Army North (SPLA-N).

The reported violations include extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and illegal detention, arbitrary bombardment of civilian areas, widespread looting and destruction of property as well as massive displacement.

UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms Kyung-wha Kang, however says more investigations were required to substantiate the allegations.

 "Even though we were working with very limited time due to access limitation there are clearly serious violations that have taken place that need to be further investigated.  There are certainly concrete incidences, eyewitness accounts of Nuba people being targeted and summarily killed in public. One at a hospital and one a United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) contractor who was pulled off a vehicle, taken by the Sudanese Armed Forces and then gun shots heard soon thereafter and body found after that."

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UN urges inquiry into alleged war crimes in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan state


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