Human Rights Watch report on mass rape in Darfur welcomed by UN

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Woman living in Darfur. UN Photo/Albert González Farran

A new report on mass rape in Darfur produced by the non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch has been welcomed by the United Nations.

The report says that Sudanese army forces raped more than 200 women and girls in an organized attack on the north Darfur town of Tabit in October 2014.

It also states that the United Nations and the African Union should take urgent steps to protect civilians in the town from further abuse.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The 48-page report documents how at least 221 women and girls were raped in Tabit over a 36 hour period beginning on 30 October 2014.

Sudanese army forces reportedly carried out three distinct military operations during which soldiers went house-to-house and looted property, arrested men, beat residents, and raped women and girls inside their homes.

The report also underlines that since the attacks, the Sudanese government has blocked UN investigators from entering the town to try to prevent victims and witnesses from sharing information about the crimes.

Stéphane Dujarric is the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General.

We welcome the release of this report by Human Rights Watch. I think whether it's the UN or Human Rights Watch, we're all working towards the same goals, which is the protection of human rights in Sudan."

Human Rights Watch says the UN and the African Union should both press Sudan to allow peacekeepers unfettered access to Tabit and to ensure that medical services are available to all those in need.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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