“Stop attacks” on civilians in South Darfur: UN rights chief

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Kalma IDP camp, near Nyala, South Darfur. UN Photo/Albert González Farran

The UN human rights chief has demanded an immediate halt to the attacks on unarmed civilians in South Darfur in Sudan.

The statement was issued following Tuesday's attacks in the Um Gunya area.

The Spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Ravina Shamdasani, says there has been a disproportionate use of force by armed groups in locations that are not military targets.

"According to witnesses, these groups have attacked some 45 villages in the UM Gunya area which is about 50 km south of Nyala which is the capital of South Darfur since the end of February. UNAMID, the human rights section of UNAMID, the UN presence there, has so far counted 95 civilians who have been killed but the assessment is still continuing."

Meanwhile, the UN Secretary-General said he is deeply concerned about the escalation of violence and its effect on civilians in Darfur.

Since late February, fighting between rebel groups and local militia in South Darfur has left thousands of people homeless, with reports of looting and villages burnt.

In North Darfur, over the past few days, thousands of people have fled inter-communal fighting and sought protection at the African Union – United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) camp in Saraf Umra.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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