The U.N. Security Council is threatening new sanctions against Sudanese government officials as attacks against civilians and peacekeepers in Darfur continue to mount at an alarming rate.
In a shocking new 48-page report, Human Rigths Watch documents Sudanese army attacks in which at least 221 women and girls were raped in Tabit over 36 hours beginning on October 30, 2014. An investigation carried out by UN peacekeepers was overseen by Sudanese army officials and soldiers to ensure the victims would not speak out and that the U.N. would not discover the truth.
The attacks on Tabit were committed against the backdrop of a rise in government attacks on civilians across Darfur. In January 2015, the UN Panel of Experts on Sudan reported that over 3,000 villages were burned in Darfur in 2014, predominantly in government-led attacks. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that almost half-a-million people were displaced by attacks in 2014, and 70,000 in the first three weeks of 2015.
In an interview with TIME magazine on February 4, Sudan's Foreign Minister denied that the government of Sudan had anything to do with the attacks. Mr. Karti was in Washington D.C. to attend the National Prayer Breakfast, a visit that promopted widespread outrage. Not only does Mr. Karti represent a government guilty of some of the worst atrocities in modern history, On a more personal level, Mr. Karti oversaw the creation and growth of the Popular Defense Force militias during Sudan's first genocide. According to State Department cables released by WikiLeaks, Karti is also credited with creating a growing the janjaweed militia, the brutal paramilitary force that terrorized Darfur in the early 2000s. Today, the janjaweed has been rebranded as the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).
Underneath the command of the government of Sudan, the RSF is once again committing crimes across Darfur and has spread their operations to the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile state. To learn more about Sudanese government crimes in these areas, please watch our latest documentary film.
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