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Top UN Human Rights Official Heads to Darfur

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, departs Saturday for a visit to Khartoum and to Darfur in western Sudan, where pro-government Arab militias are accused of genocide against black African villagers. She will be accompanied on her week-long visit by the U.N. special adviser on the prevention of genocide. The two human rights officials are going to Darfur at the request of U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. The decision to go comes one-day after Mr. Annan urged members of the Security Council to take immediate action on a U.S. draft resolution that threatens sanctions against Sudan’s oil industry for the government’s failure to stop attacks by Arab militias in Darfur. Full Story

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