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Sudan: African Commission Should Act on Southern Kordofan
Human Rights Watch
11 July 2011
(…)The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights should call on Sudan to cease human rights abuses in Southern Kordofan, Human Rights Watch, Interights, REDRESS, and the Sudan Democracy First Group said today. On July 2, 2011, the four human rights organizations petitioned the African Commission to urge the Sudanese government to comply with its obligations under the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.
The petition asserts that Sudanese security forces have carried out indiscriminate attacks on civilians and committed other serious human rights violations in Southern Kordofan, an oil-rich state near the border with newly independent South Sudan. Over 73,000 people have been displaced, and the humanitarian situation is dire. (…)
(…) The Sudanese government has blocked access to the affected areas, preventing the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and other international agencies from providing humanitarian assistance, helping to protect civilians, and monitoring the human rights situation. Government security forces have arbitrarily arrested and detained UN national staff. (…)
(…) Fighting broke out on June 5, between the Sudan Armed Forces and elements of the southern Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) near Kadugli, the capital of Southern Kordofan. The fighting followed weeks of growing tension between the ruling National Congress Party and the southern Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) over security arrangements in Southern Kordofan and the re-election of Ahmed Haroun as governor of the state. Haroun is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Darfur. (…)
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