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UN official criticises videotaped remarks by S. Kordofan governor


April 5, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The statements made by South Kordofan governor Ahmed Haroun telling Sudanese troops not to bring back rebel fighters alive are "extremely worrying", the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Navi Pillay said Thursday.

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U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay (Reuters)

South Kordofan has been the scene of continuous battles since June 2011 between Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and rebels from the Sudan people Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N). The conflict began in the wake of elections that saw incumbent Haroun winning against SPLM-N candidate Abdel-Aziz al-Hilu.

The SPLM-N accused the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) of rigging the vote did not recognise the outcome. Later, fighting broke out after the SPLM-N alleged that SAF sought to forcibly disarm them. But Khartoum accused the SPLM-N of triggering the fighting after attacking a police stations in South Kordofan and seizing weapons.

A preliminary report produced jointly by the OHCHR and the now dissolved UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) in August 2011 described a wide range of alleged violations of international law in South Kordofan’s capital town of Kadugli.

Reported violations included “extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and illegal detention, enforced disappearances, attacks against civilians, looting of civilian homes and destruction of property,” as well as massive displacement.

Khartoum described these allegations as "false" and "lies".

Last week, the Qatar-based al-Jazeera TV aired video footage showing Haroun ordering government fighters in his state not to bring back any prisoners.

"You must hand over the place clean. Rub it, crush it and sweep it. Don’t bring them back alive. We have no space for them" the undated film showed Haroun saying at what al-Jazeera says was a base freshly captured by SAF from SPLM-N.

An army commander standing near Haroun then says: "Don’t bring them back, eat them alive" amid laughter by the group in the video.

"Don’t create an administrative burden for us [by bringing back prisoners alive]" Haroun said.

The top United Nations human rights official today warned that those comments could amount to a serious crime and lead to an escalation of violence.

“We have long been seriously concerned about the possible violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states,” Pillay said. Fighting between the SPLM-N in Blue Nile broke out in August 2011.

“Such comments are extremely worrying in this context and could amount to incitement” she added.

But Haroun this week accused al-Jazeera of editing the video to distort what he said and vowed to sue the news channel.

“We urge all parties to the conflict to refrain from attacks against civilians and to refrain from making inflammatory statements that could amount to incitement to commit gross violations of human rights and humanitarian law,” Pillay said.

In 2007, Haroun became the first Sudanese official to be charged by the ICC in connection with crimes allegedly committed in Darfur. At the time he held the position of state minister for humanitarian affairs though the crimes he was indicted on were committed while he was the state minister for interior.

The charges against him constitute some 50 counts of atrocities including murder, mass rape and torture.

Sudan has refused to hand him or any other citizen to the Hague-based court.


Al Jazeera English | Sudan governor to troops: ’Take no prisoners’ | 31 March 2012

Al Jazeera English | ICC’s Luis Moreno-Ocampo speaks to Al Jazeera | 31 March 2012

Al Jazeera English | Sudan government adviser Rabi Abdel Atti speaks to Al Jazeera | 31 March 2012

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  • 6 April 2012 09:00, by Sir King

    Hahahaha:O Haroun is caught again by international Human Right community but how will he deny when he said it. You see they are crooks. Haroun must handed over leadership to Hillu and Bashir must also handed over leadership to Malik Agar, these are the people of vision and concern about the lives of people. Look! Malik Agar released the prisoners of war when Bashir government released nobody atall

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    • 6 April 2012 09:04, by Sir King

      ........International Human Right Community must look into this issues in Sudan otherwise Bashir and his cadres like Haroun and Hussein are just killing innocent civilians and that is why they want to target civilians in Kauda again. How do they say that they want to liberate Kauda when there are no SPLA-N troops there. Only civilians, oooh! Bashir Must go.

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      • 6 April 2012 10:42, by Lang

        These mongrels are blood hungry beasts.

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      • 6 April 2012 16:39, by Tiger

        I don’t believd that the United Nation give a shit about the genicide of Sudan,leave a lone these currently atrocities that are being done to Nuba Mountians,Blue Nile and even the Darfurian people cases hadn’t been solved,they hadn’t caught the master minded Al bashir instead of Haroun?how long now did you guys keep hearing about the ICC indictment and still nothing have been achieved?

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    • 6 April 2012 10:44, by Diu J.Kuek

      Ahmed Haroun you order or you didn,t said will not help aready Crime is in your neck you are second most wanted criminals man by ICC.with your President don,t cry your day is number you will face justice soon leave about fabricated and fraud video made by Al-Jazeera TV this not the case I believe such order that contradict to the International Law you may said Haroun you are criminal by nature.

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      • 6 April 2012 11:01, by Diu J.Kuek

        To UN watchdog be serious for this criminal man so called Ahmed Haroun now is in Suicide mission already has committed the crimes he may do worse things beyond that against those civilians in Southern Kordofan always his action is contradicted to the International Law.

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    • 6 April 2012 11:39, by Loko El Pollo


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  • 6 April 2012 09:07, by Joseph Canada


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  • 6 April 2012 09:20, by Madina Tonj

    Well, million of people around the world have watched that video tap and is not only that, there are so many collection of different evidence when it come to Sudan case and nothing have been done so far. Who would you real blame killer or the International community who let these men continues killing innocents Sudanese people.? The 22 years war, Khartoum regime had never kept a single prisoner

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    • 6 April 2012 11:15, by guer(r)illa’s graduate

      Mr. Tonj,
      Your comments are totally true, I do agree. Ahmed is not to be blamed about these comments because his master- Bashir-, didn’t keep a single prisoner of war and he claims to be a leader of ’modern army!’ SPLA/M kept thousands of soldiers (majority were darfureans and numbians); you can remember them from New Cush and Natinga. UN must act swiftly and arrest these war-lords.

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  • 6 April 2012 09:59, by 4Justice

    I always like to use the cat and mouse analogy when it comes to crimes against humanity. You create the boogyman,pretend you have no knowledge, if any thing is leaked, pretend you are outraged by it and at the same time make sure Bashir and Haroun are never removed from power. This is how luciferians operate.

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  • 6 April 2012 10:05, by Ambowl Papakayo

    Hey UN official,
    This is just more than nonsense.How many concerns have so yielded fruit.......*Zero*. Criticizing while seated is a no job.
    But let me tell you, We Nubians are already used to such situations. We’re strong and value the work of our hands so much. Haroun’s comment will finally turn against him so long as he remains in the Nubian land.

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    • 6 April 2012 10:50, by Chok Deng

      The following people in Sudan have a ’’full’’ right to kill,rape,steal,displace people,and arbitary detain people without questioning.their names are here;
      2-Northern Sudanese
      3-Mohammed Ali
      4-Ahmed Harun
      7-Mohammed Yusif Kibir
      8-Al-Haj Adam
      9-Minister of Defence(Hussein)

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      • 6 April 2012 11:00, by Chok Deng

        The immunity of killing,stealing of South’s oil,raping of Sudanese kids,killing of Sudanese elders and women is granted to NCP and its Supporters(Jalaby,Northern Sudanese,Harun n their likes)
        Who granted them the immunity?
        ans-Fake Islam and self-proclaimed Arabism.

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  • 6 April 2012 10:06, by justin deng

    To mr.jallaby & m.Ali,
    Haroun is caught red-;handed.will deny again that he is not a war criminal??.Almighty God will condemn all fake muslims who are jeorpodizing HIS name for committing crimes!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 6 April 2012 15:17, by morogot batal

    UN.are just talking bla bla bla bla. isit now that you discovered that khartoum gangstars are muderer ?
    - where are the prissioners of war from s.sudan?
    - wher are the POW from darfur ?
    - where are the POW.from blue nile & nuba mountains ?
    - there are about 17 general grave in juba each one contain more than 40 people and some of them buried alive.
    - they armed meseria that to kill dinka bahar elgazal.

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  • 6 April 2012 15:28, by morogot batal

    we respected the international laws despite all that we were guirrilas.
    - we handed 100s of prissioner of war to sadiq elmahdi in yei known by international community.
    - we also handed to the government of ganstars in khartoum 100s of POW.immediately after signing CPA.in 2005.
    - you UN.are ignoring khartoum despite all attrocity they are comitting against our citizens.
    - good lesson to us latter......

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    • 6 April 2012 15:39, by morogot batal

      you UN,
      - why dont you pick from the resent court result in khartoum of passing sentence of death to venerable JEM officers.
      - is their any law that kill people under amnesty.people that are already arrested and without arms in their hand..total venerable.not hurmful to your interrest any more.?

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  • 6 April 2012 18:24, by Hitler

    Haroun and many other Sudanese officials are war indicted criminals still rules with impunity. He is a war criminal already and what do you expect? can a leoppard ever change his color? Expect no less than perpetuating that agenda against his people. He is a sell out for arab jalabas and I wonder if the jalabas has not even fucked his pussy juicy ass? UN must accept no less than arresting him.

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  • 6 April 2012 18:40, by James Maker Akok

    Sorry Haroun, how will you going to sue a person telling true for what you said, that will be a shame on you, how you going to deny it. Bad lucky Haroun!

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  • 7 April 2012 07:36, by mogokafi

    All those officers who are laughing behind Haroun have to be issued cases and investigation for their collaborations with him. All of them are war criminals no doubt.

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