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Death and Violence in Darfur - 16 to 20 Feb

23.02.14

DEATH AND VIOLENCE IN DARFUR 16-20 February 2014

A number of serious incidents have taken place which include aggression perpetrated by the security forces, the janjaweed and a large number of deaths in ethnic clashes.

Zalingei (Central Darfur) – 16 February

Two killed and 24 injured during peaceful demonstration

On 16 February IDPs in Hameidia IDP Camp in Zalingei demonstrated against a “Conference on Peace and Social Justice Conference" organized by the Darfur Transitional Authority and attended by the head of the Darfur Transitional Authority, the UNAMID chief and the Governor of Central Darfur. Forces of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) and their allied militia moved against the protesters killing Abakar Sherif and another person and injuring 24 others.

On the same day, Sheikh Mukhtar, the Imam of Zalingei Mosque, was attacked by members of the NISS while he was attending a celebration for Sudanese national independence day at Zalingei stadium. He was beaten and kicked until he fell to the ground. The people in the stadium were angry and intervened to rescue Sheikh Mukhtar. The members of NISS who perpetrated the attack escaped.

Um Dukhun (West Darfur) –19 February

Many killed in Salamat-Ta’aisha Fighting

Renewed fighting broke out in Um Dukhun, on the Chad border, between the Salamat and Ta’aisha tribes after the killing of the Nazir (Chief) of the Salamat. The number of the dead and injured is not yet known.Clashes between Arab groups have caused hundreds of deaths in Darfur over the past year.

Otash and Doma Camps – 20 February 2014

IDPs and Otash Camp Shaikh attacked by Janjaweed

A number of IDPs from Otash IDP Camp near Nyala, including Mohammed Ahmed Abdelrahman, the Camp’s chief Shaikh, were attacked by a group of Janjaweed at 5pm on 20 February as they were returning from their farms north of Nyala. Shaikh Mohammed Abdelrahman, Sabir Salih Adam Hamah and Hassan Salih Adam Hamah were all seriously injured and left for dead by the attackers. They were taken to Nyala hospital for treatment; medical staff transferred Mohammed Ahmed Abdelrahman to Khartoum because of the severity of his injuries.

Later the same group of Janjaweed attacked Doma IDP camp; however the IDPs fought them off, killing one and arresting another. The rest of the group escaped.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

To the Government of Sudan:

The Sudan Government should immediately set up an independent and impartial investigation into the excessive use of force on 16 February 2014 by members of the NISS against peaceful demonstrators and, on a separate occasion, against the Imam in Zalingei. Those accused of ordering or using excessive force should be brought to fair trial and punished.

The Sudan Government should arrest the perpetrators of the attacks on Otash and Doma Camps and bring them to justice in fair trials.

The Sudan Government should do its utmost to prevent clashes between ethnic groups and to ensure that earlier reconciliation agreements are maintained. The Government has an obligation to protect the lives and security of all peoples of Sudan.

To UNAMID

UNAMIDshould take strong action in order to fulfil its mandate, including its obligation to “prevent attacks against civilians, within its capability and areas of deployment, without prejudice to the responsibility of the Government of the Sudan”, and the requirement “to monitor, verify and promote efforts to disarm the Janjaweed and other militias”.

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