UNHCR report: Sudanese forces killed Darfur civilians

January 23, 2009 20:11


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Sudanese government forces arbitrarily shot into a crowd of Darfur civilians last year, killing dozens, the UN human rights office said Friday. Some 33 people died and 108 were wounded in the Aug. 25 incident when members of the police, army and other security forces opened fire inside the Kalma camp in south Darfur. "Security forces failed to abide by international law principles of proportionality and of necessity," the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said in a 12-page report. "Witness testimonies confirmed that security forces shot arbitrarily at a large crowd of IDPs (internally displaced persons) including women and children," it added.

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