UN targets Sudanese army for mass rapes in Darfur

The United Nations has called out the Sudanese government for committing mass rapes of women and girls in Darfur in a new report released today.

The UN high commissioner for human rights, Louise Arbour, released the report stating that President Omar al-Bashir’s administration is providing help and support to the Arab janjaweed militia, who are responsible for looting at least three towns, raping girls and women and killing at least 115 people last month. Over 30,000 people have been displaced as a result as well. Via the UN’s News Centre:

The report describes extensive looting during and after the attacks, and catalogues ‘consistent and credible accounts’ of rape committed by armed men in uniform.

‘These actions violated the principle of distinction stated in international humanitarian law, failing to distinguish between civilian objects and military objective,’ the report concludes.