Sudan: Brutal rape of young girls in IDP camps

Darfur Centre for Human Rights and Development
On 03/06/05 and 04/06/05 two young girls were brutally raped by Janjaweed militias dressed in government military uniform.
In the first case, an 8 year old girl was attacked in Tabit Camp near Tawila in Northern Darfur.
She was attacked and raped so violently that she is suffering from internal trauma and bleeding. She is currently in the New Hospital in El Fasher being treated for her injuries. Her name is Sulaffa Abdelbagi.

The second attack took place in Abushok camp. This girl was aged 13 years old and was so brutally raped that she is currently reported as being in critical condition suffering from extensive injuries. From information provided to this centre, she has severe internal bleeding and is currently also being treated in Al Fasher New Hospital. Her name is Amani Hussein.

Both girls are reported to be psychologically traumatized and crying uncontrollably.

Darfur Centre for Human Rights and Development condemns these attacks on minors. No effort should be spared to bring the perpetrators to justice. We call on the United Nations to take decisive action to end the impunity to murder and maim innocent men, women and children; we call on the UN 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

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