"Endemic impunity" in Darfur revealed in UN report

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Young residents at the Zam Zam camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in North Darfur. UN File Photo/Albert González Faran

Serious human rights violations and abuses that occurred in Darfur in 2014, including killings and sexual violence, have largely gone uninvestigated and unpunished, according to a new report by the UN human rights office, OHCHR.

The report is based on information provided by the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).

It details cases of human rights violations and reveals widespread impunity.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

Of the 411 cases documented by UNAMID of alleged violations and abuses by all parties to the conflict, very few were reportedly investigated or resulted in arrests.

Of these, 127 involved the use of sexual violence.

In a statement on Friday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said most victims have not received justice or any remedies for the wrongs that they suffered.

He added that the casual manner in which United Nations inquiries have been dismissed by local police is deeply disturbing.

Mr Ra'ad Al Hussein stressed that this behaviour indicates the extent to which Sudanese officials feel they are above the law.

The report also details incidents where Sudanese police and security forces were allegedly involved in physical attacks against civilians, including shooting and killing, as well as abductions, robberies and extortion.

The UN says such cases are underreported due to fears of reprisals and a general lack of trust in the authorities.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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