Widespread impunity in Darfur must stop: UN rights chief

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Following attacks in January 2015, thousands of people, mostly women and children, fled from different villages and took refuge at a safe zone adjacent to UNAMID's base in Um Baru, North Darfur. Photo: UNAMID/Hamid Abdulsalam

The Sudanese government and armed opposition groups in the country are being urged by the UN to end widespread impunity of serious human rights violations in Darfur.

A new report by the UN human rights office, OHCHR, says killings and rape in the strife-torn region last year have largely been dismissed by local police and underreported by victims due to a lack of trust in the authorities.

Of the 411 cases of alleged abuse documented by the joint African Union-UN mission in the country, UNAMID, very few were investigated or resulted in arrests.

The human rights agency says the report's findings paint a "grim picture" of a much broader pattern of violence.

OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani has been speaking to Maria Carlino.

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