Sudan: Human Rights Watch Denounces “War Crimes” in Misterei in Darfur

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Dozens of people were killed and injured in the attack at the end of May by paramilitaries of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and Arab tribesmen of the town of Misterei in Darfur, “almost entirely burnt down”, said this Tuesday, July 11th Human Rights Watch (HRW), which urges the ICC to investigate these “war crimes”.

Human Rights Watch released a report on Tuesday, July 11th on abuses that took place in the town of Misterei, located in West Darfur, near the Chadian border, on May 28th. HRW collected testimonies from survivors who fled to Adré in neighboring Chad. Their testimony corroborates satellite images that show the extent of the disaster, where you can see the town centers and the completely burnt villages.

“The RSF and Arab tribes allied to the Rapid Support Forces, editor’s note summarily executed at least 28 people of the Massalit ethnic group, and killed and injured dozens of civilians on May 28th in the state of West Darfur”, reports the human rights NGO Human Rights Watch in this investigative report entitled “Sudan, a city of Darfur destroyed”.

In Misterei, the attackers forced residents to leave. They withdrew from the town after several days, leaving behind around 100 civilians dead. HRW urges the UN Security Council to call on those involved in the conflict in West Darfur to allow access to humanitarian organizations “unrestricted and in complete safety”. They call on the UN, the European Union (EU), and the African Union (AU) to sanction the leaders of the forces responsible for its attacks. “Many of these violations amount to war crimes,” said the NGO.

Soukaina Sghir

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