UN urges halt to attacks on civilians in South Darfur

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights demands that attacks on civilians in South Darfur are stopped.

UN urges halt to attacks on civilians in South Darfur

World Bulletin / News Desk

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has expressed deep concern that civilians in South Darfur, Sudan, have been bearing the brunt of recent attacks.

According to witnesses, the armed groups have attacked some 45 villages in the Um Gunya area, approximately 50km south of Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state, since the end of February. While it is difficult to ascertain the number of people killed, an estimated 50,000 civilians have been displaced amid looting and arson.

“There has been a disproportionate use of force by armed groups in areas in South Darfur that are not military targets. There must be an immediate halt to attacks on unarmed civilians,” Pillay said in a statement.

“I urge the authorities to protect civilians and hold to account those who have committed grave breaches of human rights and humanitarian laws,” she added.

The High Commissioner noted that the attacks were adding to the number of internally displaced people with many of those fleeing ending up in camps, in South Darfur such as Kalma and Al Salam, near Nyala, where around 200,000 were already taking refuge before the attacks. 

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