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Sudan slams ‘repetitive’ UN reports on South Kordofan’s abuses

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August 15, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – A new UN report has reiterated claims that human rights abuses allegedly committed during the conflict in Sudan’s state of South Kordofan may amount to “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity,” and must therefore be fully investigated.

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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a joint news conference with Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ali Karti in Khartoum July 8, 2011 (REUTERS PICTURES)

The Office of the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights released the long awaited report documenting and describing alleged mass atrocities committed in South Kordofan since the conflict there erupted in early June.

South Kordofan’s conflict broke out between Sudan’s army and rebels aligned with South Sudan which gained independence last month. The fighting quickly escalated into heavy aerial bombardment by Khartoum amid reports of attacks targeting the state’s African indigenous population of the Nuba which largely supports the rebels.

The SPLA claimed that Sudan’s army attempted to disarm its fighters though Khartoum on the other hand says it was SPLA units who instigated the fighting after they attacked a police station.

Despite Khartoum’s push for a military solution, it appears that both sides are now deadlocked in a military stalemate.

A UN official last week said that at least 200,000 people in South Kordofan have been killed, injured or forced to flee their homes and land since the fighting erupted.

Entitled “Preliminary report on violations of international human rights and humanitarian law in Southern Kordofan from 5 to 30 June 2011”, the new report underscored the gravity of the acts committed by Sudan’s army and its allied paramilitary forces in the region.

According to the report, “serious” violations of human rights law were committed in South Kordofan, including enforced disappearances aerial bombardments, forced displacement, abductions; house-to-house searches; arbitrary arrests and detentions; targeted killings and summary executions.

“If substantiated [the actions] could amount to crimes against humanity, or war crimes for which individual criminal responsibility may be sought,” the report said.

Identical allegations were cited in greater details in a report prepared by the UN Mission in Sudan.

The report, which leaked to the media in mid-July, spoke of “especially egregious” conduct by Sudan’s army and its allied paramilitary group known as the Popular Defense Forces, saying they “have targeted members and supporters of the SPLM/A, most of whom are Nubans and other dark skinned people.”

UNMIS, whose mandate was terminated by Khartoum on 9 July, recommended the establishment of a commission of inquiry or other appropriate investigative authority, including the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the violence in Southern Kordofan and violations of human rights and humanitarian laws and to identify the perpetrators or those who bear the greatest responsibility, with the view to bringing them to justice.

The ICC is already seeking to prosecute Sudanese individuals thought to bear the greater responsibility for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide it alleges were committed in the course of Sudan’s brutal counterinsurgency in the western region of Darfur, especially between 2003 and 2004.

The Hague-based court has issued arrests warrants for three Sudanese individuals, including the country’s President Omer Al-Bashir.

Al-Bashir denies any wrongdoing and denigrates the ICC as a tool of a Western conspiracy to dismantle his regime.The current governor of South Kordofan Ahmed Haroun is also wanted by the Hague tribunal.

Meanwhile, the new report of the UN on South Kordofan abuses has elicited an angry reaction from Khartoum.

Sudan’s foreign ministry spokesman Al- Obaid Marawih termed the information contained in the UN report as “biased and predicated on no evidence.”

He told Sudan’s official news agency (SUNA) on Tuesday that the parties responsible for issuing such reports must refrain from supporting the “rebellion” and seek to engage in ongoing efforts to restore peace and stability to South Kordofan.

According to Muroah, the new UN report was nothing but a “repetition” of UNMIS’s report. He added that all these reports were a carbon copy of other reports produced by organizations actively supporting the rebels and the war against Sudan’s government.

The government’s spokesman said that the rhetoric about war crimes and crimes against humanity in South Kordofan ignores the facts which show that SPLA elements are the ones who tried to stage a coup against the results of the state’s gubernatorial elections and instigated the fighting by attacking government sites.

He further stresses that it was the state’s duty to repulse the rebellion and prevent it from achieving its political goals through armed struggle.

(ST)

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  • 16 August 2011 08:34, by Sudani Logik

    As usual, these imperialists of Khartoum deny any wrong doing and blame everything on the dark skinned Sudanese as well as the West.

    So thousands of eyewitness accounts, mass graves, dead bodies of Nubians and indiscriminate aerial bombardment of civilian habitat is all based on no evidence?.

    Yes we know the West has its imperialist tendencies and uses international institutes to further its agenda, but what about the racist thugs of Khartoum? they are just as bad if not worse as they turn on their own brothers of darker skin as a way of feeling better about their own inferiority complex.

    And of course their propagandist mouthpieces come on here and attempt to display misplaced patriotism at the expense of human lives and worthiness based on ethnicity and skin colour, what a sad bunch of a people.

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  • 16 August 2011 08:55, by Aleu

    U.N. And the International Community too much and done nothing.

    There are facts about crimes being committed by Omar al Bashir and his NCP in the Sudan but the U.N. And the rest of world body have done nothing about it. Khartoum government led by indictment Omar al Bashir have been successful atrocities on the indigenous such as Darfurian people, Nubian people and they are also become a supplier helping militiamen to make South Sudan as a fail State.

    Omar al Bashir is not a human to think about the messed he had created since he came to power by coup. He is one of worsen evil man on earth and there is no reason for U.N. To watch while innocents people are been kills by the Khartoum regime. The action the SAF of Khartoum made was part of Bashir’s plan because he was trying to fear indigenous of Nubian and the people of Abyei. The SPLA/SPLM did not do any thing wrong but they have rights to defending themselves from the SAF and the Khartoum regime is responsibile for aerial bombardment and genocide on Nubian civilians.

    The facts are there but the International Community and the U.N. Became an organization who took silence for disaster while innocents people are dying in front of all U.N. Troops in the Sudan specifically, the Darfur case, the invasion of Abyei and the artocities in Southern Kordofan State. The government of Khartoum is designed to get ride with any none Arab mainly Black African tribes whether the rest of Sudanese shares same believe on Allah or not they have a policies very terrible and the world must elimate such unhuman on earth.

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    • 16 August 2011 09:50, by Cibaipiath Junub Sudan

      Mr. Aleu, Believe me my brother. United Nations Security Council has become United Nations Silent Council. I said this because, they know very well the history of Sudan, Arabs invasion to Sudan, Arabs idealogy towards black Africans, Slavery, Mass killings, down to the CPA, previous elections in South Kordofan and the initiation of disarmament of South Kordofan forces who were affliated to the SPLM/A. Votes rigging through disappearance of ballot box papers and omission of some voting post centers. I do not see the reason why UN keeps on documenting many theories avoiding facts and practical evidences on the ground. The issue of South Kordofan is a genuine facts in Kadguli and other towns of Nuba. They are being haunted by SAF and PDF. They are daily killed like flies the same case like what happened in Darfur. Ahamed Harun who made war crimes in Darfur in 2003-2005 is the same man brought to S. Kordofan to do Ethnic cleansing. It is evidence and self explanatory. There is no reason UN should keep on talking without action. UN should take action to protect the civilians there if they are not a silent Council. Bashir will continue to committ more atrocities and the Nubian will no longer exist but shall remain in the history as people who existed and got cleansed up by the powerful regime. God knows what to do with these minority tribe (Nuba) who have been left in the landlock (North Sudan and South Sudan). I believe it should be the duty of the UN to defend this tribe so that they are part of this nation and world at large.

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