quarta-feira, agosto 11, 2004
Na página da Human Rights Watch.
"The Sudanese government insists that it is taking significant measures, but the continuing atrocities in Darfur prove that Khartoum?s claims simply aren?t credible,? said Peter Takirambudde, executive director for Human Rights Watch?s Africa Division. "If the government were serious about wanting to protect civilians, it would welcome a greater international presence."
In many rural areas and small towns in Darfur, government forces and the Janjaweed militias continue to routinely rape and assault women and girls when they leave the periphery of the camps and towns. In one such attack documented by Human Rights Watch in July, a group of women and girls were stopped at a Janjaweed militia checkpoint in West Darfur. Militia members told them that "the country belonged to the Arabs now and, as they were there without permission, they would be punished." All of the women were then beaten, and six girls aged 13 to 16 were raped.
"Despite growing global attention to the crisis in Darfur, neither the international community nor the Sudanese government has taken the steps needed to ensure protection for civilians on the ground," Takirambudde added. "Rape, assaults and looting continue daily even as more people are being driven from their homes."
Government troops and government-backed Janjaweed militia members in Darfur continue to commit abuses against civilians in total impunity. Government claims of progress in ending impunity through trials of Janjaweed militia members are belied by growing reports that most of the convicted are petty criminals or individuals previously convicted on other charges and not militia leaders and members responsible for acts of murder, rape or other abuses.
In response to the Security Council?s demand that Janjaweed militia members be disarmed, the Sudanese government has instead begun to incorporate them into official state security units such as the police and semi-regular forces such as the Popular Defense Forces.
posted by Miguel Noronha 3:01 da tarde
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