UN Urges Sudan Conflict Parties to Halt Ethnic Violence

16 April

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has issued a demand for the parties involved in the Sudan conflict to cease hostilities, combat ethnic violence, and refrain from inciting racial hatred.


In a published decision, the committee's experts highlighted that certain "serious violations of humanitarian law" perpetrated by the conflicting parties could constitute "war crimes and other serious crimes." The committee expressed concern over documented "ethnically motivated abuses," particularly in the Darfur and Kordofan regions, encompassing killings, village destruction, looting, and torture, primarily targeting Masalit, For, and Zaghawa people.


The committee underscored that these unlawful acts were primarily carried out by members of the Rapid Support Force and allied militias. Additionally, it voiced alarm at reports of "arbitrary detentions, torture, and extrajudicial executions" committed by Sudanese armed forces against individuals from Arab tribes in Darfur and Kordofan.


Committee members called upon the conflict parties in Sudan to "immediately cease hostilities" and engage in "inclusive dialogue" to prevent further human rights violations, especially "violent acts against people based on their ethnicity."


Comprising 18 independent experts, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination monitors states' adherence to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.



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Based on materials from TASS