Urgent statement Arab Coalition for Sudan (ACS) condemns the rape of 200 women and girls in North Darfur
Arab Coalition for Sudan condemns the heinous crime of mass rape of 200 girls and women, committed by Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) at Tabit village, 45 km southwest of El Fasher in North Darfur. ACS also, regrets not allowing and enabling access of the team of the joint mission of the United Nations and the African Union “UNAMID” to the area where the events occurred, in order to investigate those brutal incidents.
This ‘notorious’ militia, known as Rapid Support Forces (RSF), which is supported by the government, attacked and raped a group of displaced women, mostly girls, who used to go out daily to collect firewood, while press reports quoted that the police impeded filing cases against the offenders.
This heinous crime is not the first and will not be the last, despite the high number of victims that reached 200 women and girls, in one area, this has become a systematic crime exercised by those militias: which sabotage the social fabric, commit war crimes and crimes against humanity, under the support and protection of the government and silence of the “UNAMID” mission.
Further, the Arab Coalition for Sudan regrets impeding UNAMID team from access to the area of crime, according to the mandate of the mission to protect civilians, the matter which confirms the government’s support for these militias and its support of impunity from punishment and accountability, as the RSF and the police authorities, were involved in that crime and were not discreet about the announcement of that crime by silence and not making any investigation. This crime, and other war crimes and crimes against humanity, reveals the lies and the regime’s allegations about achieving justice in Darfur, as well as the failure of the UNAMID mission to protect civilians, not to mention that impunity of the perpetrators in addition to the lack of protection of victims and witnesses under the absence of justice, would encourage retaliation…
The Arab Coalition for Sudan, as it expresses its concern about the spread of these crimes, prompts the authorities to conduct a thorough and fair investigation, urges the civil society, the independent expert of human rights in Sudan, the international organizations and the regional community, particularly, the African Union, the Arab League and the international community, to act urgently to stop these blatant violations, put more pressure on the government in order to stop supporting of the militias, disarm it, and to conduct a thorough and fair investigation to reveal the perpetrators and bring them to justice, as well as to enable the UNAMID mission, for carrying out its tasks in accordance with its mandate to protect civilians, especially women and children.