Sudan Blamed in 'Cleansing'
A leading human rights organization Thursday published the most detailed independent account yet of Sudan’s alleged complicity in the “ethnic cleansing” of more than a million tribal villagers in Darfur province and the killing of thousands more. The 75-page report, by New York-based Human Rights Watch, charges that the Sudanese military, working with Arab militias, has committed massacres and burned villages, towns and mosques as part of a campaign to depopulate large swaths of Sudan’s largest province, which has served as a base for rebels. “The government of Sudan is responsible for ‘ethnic cleansing’ and crimes against humanity in Darfur,” according to the report, based on a 25-day investigation in and around the province. “The Sudanese government and the Arab ‘Janjaweed’ militias it arms and supports . . . have killed thousands of [ethnic] Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa — often in cold blood.” Full Story