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SUDAN: Armed militia still committing atrocities in Darfur – HRW

Armed militias have continued to commit atrocities against civilians in Sudan’s troubled western region of Darfur despite claims by Khartoum that the situation had improved, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday. In a new report titled: “Empty Promises: Continuing Abuses in Darfur, Sudan”, HRW said that instead of disarming the Janjawid militias, Khartoum had begun incorporating them into police and other security forces that could be used to secure proposed “safe areas” for displaced civilians. “The Sudanese government insists that it is taking significant measures, but the continuing atrocities in Darfur prove that Khartoum’s claims simply aren’t credible,” Peter Takirambudde, executive director of HRW’s Africa Division said. Full Story

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