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Government Forces Continue Attacks on IDP Camps

6/1/2005 5:18am

Government forces continue to pose a threat to those who have been displaced as a result of the genocide in Darfur. In a number of unrelated attacks on IDP camps 17 persons were wounded, 4 killed.

On 19th May 2005, in Kalma camp, near Nyala, Southern Darfur, government forces tried to arrest a woman and remove her from the camp. When the woman’s husband tried to intervene in the situation, security forces opened fire on civilians killing three and wounding ten others.

The names of the people killed were:

Mubark Yousif Bakheet
Ali Yousif Mohamadain
Abdella Hussein Abdella

Those injured were:

Abdelgani Ismail Ali
Abdella Abdewlrahaman hashim
Noureldein Adam Ali
Essa Abdella Yousif
Bahar Eldein Ibrahim Ali
Ismail Inbrahim Ali
Ahamed Mohammed Sharif
Ali Adam Ahamed
Hashim Abdel Rahman Adam
Bahar Eldein Ahamed Adam

The injured were transferred to Nyala hospital by staff from the International Committee of the Red Cross.

On 25th May 2005, The Sudanese security forces attacked Zamzam IDP camp near El Fasher town in Northern Darfur. Here they opened fire indiscriminately on displaced people; one civilian was killed, a further seven injured. The person killed was:

Mohamed Adam Khatir

Those wounded:

Ikhlas Khater Essa
Aziza Khater Essa
Mariam Teman Khamis
Hawa Abdelkarim Domai
Ahmed Ibrahim Mohamed Ismail
Omer Ismail Mohamed
Karoon Adam Ishaq

Mr Ishaq, although injured, was arrested and taken away by security forces.

Darfur Centre for Human Rights and Development condemns these ongoing acts of harassment against innocent civilians in Darfur. We call on the United Nations to take decisive action to end the impunity to murder and maim innocent civilians and call on it to send an adequate peacekeeping and civilian protection force to the area without delay.

We also urge 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;
Urgently pursue the possibility of sending substantial additional peacekeepers to the area;
Investigate allegations of continued attacks on civilians including allegations of torture;
Continue to exert pressure on the Government of Sudan to comply with international resolutions and to come to a peaceful settlement;
Guarantee respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms throughout the country in accordance with international human rights standards;
Take action immediately to gather documentary evidence such that the perpetrators may be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court;
Ensure that the Government of Sudan co-operates fully with the International Criminal Court. Impose sanctions on the Government of Sudan if it fails to do this.
Ensure that such perpetrators are prosecuted in accordance with international norms and standards of accountability in the International Criminal Court;
.Produce a realistic and workable plan to allow refugees to return to their homes. Ensure that safe areas are established that are effective and well patrolled.

We urge the Government of Sudan to respect the mandate of the international community and to:

Guarantee the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of association throughout Sudan in accordance with international human rights standards;
Honour its agreement to the UN General Secretary and the rebels; to immediately take decisive action to stop its militias from perpetrating further atrocities.
Immediately cease its program of arbitrary detention, harassment and targeting of Dafurians both in Darfur and elsewhere in Sudan.

Please support the civilians of Darfur by sending an appeal 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
Avenue Blanc 47
Geneva 1202
Fax: 022 731 26 56
Email: [email protected]

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