redmon5 (redmon5) wrote in first_world,

UN accuses Sudan over Darfur rape

A United Nations report has accused Sudanese authorities of taking no action against militiamen and soldiers accused of rape in the Darfur region. Women in refugee camps risk being raped if they go in search of food, the UN's human rights commissioner says. International charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said in June that 500 women had been raped in four months alone. Sudan's authorities have threatened and arrested victims to make them withdraw the charges, the UN report says.

More than two million people have been forced from their homes and at least 180,000 have died during the Darfur conflict. In June, Sudan set up a special court to try those accused of war crimes in the Darfur region but the report said it was too early to judge its impact.

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