Thursday, January 22, 2009

Sudan: Mounting criticism against govt for crackdown after rebel attack

UN Humanitarian News Service (IRIN - East Africa)
23 September 2008

KHARTOUM - Fresh accusations of large-scale summary executions and arbitrary arrest have been levelled against Sudan’s government over its reaction to an attack by Darfur rebels on Khartoum in May - charges the government has rejected.

“It is estimated that at least 500 individuals from Darfur, both civilians and presumed JEM [Justice and Equality Movement] combatants, were summarily executed or extra-judicially killed in the three days that followed JEM’s attack against Omdurman on 10 May 2008,” the Darfur Relief and Documentation Centre (DRDC), an NGO based in Geneva, said in a report released mid-September.

The report also said that more than 4,000 people – mostly civilians with no ties to the rebel movement – were arbitrarily arrested after the attack on Omdurman, a city lying across the Nile from Khartoum...

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