Home | News    Wednesday 5 April 2006

African Union to probe allegations of sexual abuses in Darfur


April 4, 2006 (KHARTOUM) — Reacting to reports about sexual abuse in Sudan’s Darfur region committed by African peacekeeping force, the African Union said it will probe these allegations and an independent panel is formed to this regard.

JPEG - 12.8 kb
A Chadian refugee hides between relatives after her family fled to Geylu in Sudan’s troubled western Darfur region March 18, 2006.(Reuters).

In a press statement, Head of the African Union Mission in the Sudan (AMIS) , Baba Gana Kingibe has said the AU is "determined to take all necessary measures to establish the facts of these allegations".

According to the British Channel 4, women and children in Geraida in Southern Darfur claim they have been raped by the very guards who are meant to be protecting them, said a video report aired on 2 April 2006.

Kingibe said he constituted a committee independent of AMIS to investigate, expeditiously and in a transparent manner, all the accusations contained in this broadcast”.

This panel will also include members drawn from organizations outside the African Union and will be given a totally free hand and all necessary means to conduct its investigation.

The AU urged all concerned, especially Channel 4 and its reporters as well as the purported victims of the alleged crimes to cooperate with the committee. AU personnel are instructed to similarly cooperate fully with the committee, the AU statement said.

During the past couple of months “spate of orchestrated allegations of this nature began to be levelled against the Forces, especially in the Graida and Marla areas” said the statement.

“All allegations that had been brought to the attention of the AMIS authorities were thoroughly investigated and found to be baseless”.

AMIS, which was deployed in August 2004, has been hampered by poor funding and inadequate resources, and has been unable to contain the escalating bloodshed in Darfur, a region in western Sudan that is the size of France.

The AU is almost entirely dependent on foreign donations to pay for the 7,800-strong AMIS force and earlier this month agreed in principle to hand over the Darfur mission to the United Nations.

At an annual Arab summit in Khartoum, leaders promised to fund the cash-strapped AU force from Oct. 1, but the AU has renewed its mandate only until the end of September.

Bizarrely, Sudan who is refusing the U.N. takeover of the AU mission in Darfur, was very hostile to the presence of the AU troops in Darfur accusing them of bringing HIV/AIDS to the region. Now it seems that rebel groups, who are favourable to the UN takeover, are encouraging such confessions of sexual abuse to discredit the AU force.

On September 6, 2005, the AMIS confirmed the death of two officers of complications arising from HIV/AIDS infection.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

The Position of the SPLM-N on Relief Delivery Same Wine, Old Bottles! 2018-02-18 06:50:42 By Elwathig Kameir On January 19, 2017, I published an article titled “Armed Struggle and Civil Resistance in Sudan: Catch 22,” from which I quote the following opening paragraphs (from i to iii): (...)

Without meaningful change Sudan will descend into chaos 2018-02-16 11:14:31 Economic failures, armed conflicts, and power struggles within the regime have pushed Sudan towards a tipping point By Ahmed H Adam Sudan's political crisis has reached its worst since the coup (...)

What to do with Salah? 2018-02-14 05:39:22 By Magdi El Gizouli In a flattering piece from 1973 the New York Times picked up one of Jafaar Nimayri’s nicknames. Sudan's president from 1969 to 1985 was known as “Sartana”, the hero of a series (...)


Latest Press Releases

Petition for release of Agou John Wuoi from prison 2018-02-15 20:45:31 Open letter to South Sudan President Salva Kiir Your Excellency, Kindly please permit me to take this rare opportunity to appreciate you for every effort you have made toward making South Sudan (...)

AUHIP Communiqué on Sudan & SPLM-N talks for cessation of hostilities agreement 2018-02-05 13:04:16 African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan and South Sudan Joint Statement on Unilateral Ceasefire, Cessation of Hostilities and Completion of Negotiations 1) With the facilitation (...)

South Sudanese rights group call to release political detainees 2017-12-10 07:50:31 THE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: 10 DECEMBER 2017: SSHURSA CALLS ON ALL TO ACTION FOR SOUTH SUDANESE The 10 December usually marks the international human rights day. SSHURSA notes with (...)


Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.