Title: Sexual violence is being committed in Sudan’s Darfur and South Sudan: UN
Author: SudaneseOnline News
Date: 04-19-2015, 04:30 PM
03:30 PM Apr, 19 2015
SudaneseOnline News-Khartoum Sudan
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Sexual violence is being committed in South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan’s Darfur region by “state actors or armed groups associated with the state,” the United Nations said in a report released on April 14.
In its tally of 206 victims of sexual violence in Darfur last year, the UN excludes at least 221 women and girls who were raped by Sudanese soldiers in the village of Tabit, HRW said in a commentary on the UN report.
The report’s allegations in regard to Darfur are “naive,” Sudan’s UN delegate Hassan Hamid Hassan said during the April 15 debate.
a recently leaked internal UN report — not cited in the official document published last week — found that UN peacekeepers have engaged in sexual abuse in South Sudan, the DRC, Liberia and Haiti.
In addition to examining sexual violence in 18 countries experiencing or recovering from internal conflicts, the April 14 UN report calls attention to an increase in sexual assault in refugee camps in Kenya.
Some 53,000 South Sudanese, many of them unaccompanied minors, fled to the Kakuma camp in 2014 “with a corresponding increase in reports of sexual assault, teenage pregnancies and forced marriage,” the report says.
Sexual violence has also increased in the Dadaab refugee complex, the UN adds.
But the report also indicates that many of the documented rapes in conflict zones in East and Central Africa were carried out by members of insurgent groups such as Al Shabaab, the South Sudan rebel forces and various militias in eastern DRC.
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