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Sudan denies reports of mass rape in North Darfur

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November 8, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s special prosecutor for crimes in Darfur on Saturday denied reports about mass rape in North Darfur, adding that the minister of justice directed to investigate these allegations.

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A child walks with her mother to their shelter at the Zam Zam camp for displaced people in North Darfur on 11 June 2014 (Photo: Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP/Getty Images)

Reports from North Darfur state say that over 200 women and girls were raped by Sudanese military elements in Tabit, which located at 45 km south-west of the state capital El-Fasher, .

The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) on 5 November said the Sudanese authority prevented a patrol dispatched to investigate the veracity of these reports, pointing this denial of access breaches the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) signed between the two parties.

In statements released on Saturday, the special prosecutor for crimes in Darfur, Yasir Ahmed Mohamed, dismissed these reports, adding the minister of justice, Mohamed Bushara Doussa ordered them to probe these allegations immediately after his return to the country.

In accordance with the ministerial order, the special prosecutor on Saturday inspected the situation on the ground where “they verified the inaccuracy of what has been circulating in social media, and some of the local radio stations,” reported the semi-official SMC.

The prosecutor further indicated he contacted the state officials, adding “all confirmed that the area is free of complaints in this regard”.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the British foreign minister, Philip Hammond said “deeply concerned by the emerging reports from Northern Darfur” and called on the Sudanese government to allow the UNAMID to investigate these allegations

“The Government of Sudan must grant the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) full and immediate access to the affected areas and reported victims,” said Hammond.

The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Bangura, on Friday called on the government of Sudan to allow UN investigators "immediate and unhindered" access to the area.

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  • 9 November 2014 13:15, by Observer

    If there was no mass rape then why won’t the government allow UNAMID to investigate?

    If there is nothing to hide you would think the government would welcome the chance to prove it and show the world that this accusation is in fact lies.

    By not allowing UNAMID access just fuels that something has taken place and the government is trying to cover it up- yet again

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