UN rights official urges action on sexual violence in Darfur

Louise Arbour, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has called for investigations into the widespread sexual violence in Darfur.

Arbour noted that based on the testimony they gathered for a new report, “it appears that rape during the December 2006 attacks was used as a weapon of war to cause humiliation and instill fear into the local population.”

In [the] new report, the High Commissioner’s Office describes attacks in December 2006 in eastern Jebel Marra, Darfur. At least 15 cases of sexual assault, including rape, had occurred, according to the report. At least two pregnant women were targeted in the violence.

“Soldiers came in cars heading towards the hills. Three were in green military uniform and the fourth was in civilian clothes. All four of them were armed and all of them raped me,” said one 13-year old victim, according to the report.