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Attempted Rape and Killing of Woman from Kalma IDP Camp

سودانيزاونلاين.كوم
sudaneseonline.com
3/17 11:48am

SOAT Press Release: 17 March 2005

Attempted Rape and Killing of Woman from Kalma IDP Camp

At 3pm on 9 March 2005, three women from Kalma IDP camp, 17 kilometres east of Nyala, southern Darfur state were attacked by five armed wearing military uniform. The armed men reportedly attempted to rape the women, and shot dead one of the women, Meryem Abaker Abdel Raheam. The two other women managed to escape the attack and return to Kalma camp.

The women were attacked whilst fetching fire wood, 2 km outside Kalma IDP camp, which is 17 kilometres east of Nyala, southern Darfur state. Meryem Abaker Abdel Raheam (23 yrs) was a member of the Fur tribe, married with three children and living in Kalma camp centre No.7.

SOAT is calling on the Government of Sudan (GoS) to ensure that the attempted rape and murder of Mrs. Meryem will be investigated and that the perpetrators are brought to justice. SOAT is concerned for the safety of the two women who escaped the attack, and calls on the GoS to ensure that they will not be harassed or intimidated.

SOAT condemns sexual violence against women and urges all parties to the conflict in Darfur to cease perpetrating violence against women, and stop all violations of the ceasefire agreement and subsequent agreements. SOAT urges the government of Sudan to:

Investigate the death of Mrs. Meryem Abaker Abdel Raheam and bring the perpetrators to justice;

Immediately cease attacks on civilians and adhere to it commitments under the ceasefire agreement;

Disarm the Janjaweed militias immediately and any outlaws operating in the Darfur region;

End impunity for crimes committed by the Janjaweed militias in order to bring them to trial and apply the penal and/or administrative sanctions as provided by law;

Guarantee respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms throughout the country in accordance with national laws and international human rights standards.

SOAT also urges the United Nations, African Union and the international community to:

Expand the mandate of the African Union peace keeping forces to include the protection of civilians;

Investigate allegations of continued attacks on civilians, including allegations of rape or any other form of sexual violence;

To continue to exert pressure on all parties in the conflict to come to a peaceful settlement

The above recommendations should be sent in appeals to the following addresses:

His Excellency Lieutenant General Omar Hassan al-Bashir
President of the Republic of Sudan
President' s Palace
PO Box 281, Khartoum, Sudan
Fax: + 249 183 783223

Mr. Ali Mohamed Osman Yassin
Minister of Justice and Attorney General
Ministry of Justice
Khartoum, Sudan
Fax: + 249 183 788941

Mr. Mustafa Osman Ismail
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
PO Box 873, Khartoum, Sudan
Fax: + 249 183 779383

Dr. Abdelmuneim Osman Mohamed Taha
Advisory Council for Human Rights
PO Box 302
Khartoum, Sudan
Fax: + 249 183 770883

Permanent Representative:

His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Elhassan Ahmed Elhaj

Ambassador

Avenue Blanc 47

1202 Geneva

Fax: 022 731 26 56

Email: mission.sudan@bluewin.ch


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