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UN rights office decries 'impunity' after Darfur violence


U.N. human rights officials say that Sudanese security forces that were allegedly involved in killings, sexual violence and other abuses in Darfur last year have largely gone unpunished.

   The U.N. Human Rights Office, in a critical new 24-page report based on information from a joint U.N.-African Union operation in Darfur, documented 411 cases of alleged violations and abuse by all parties and said "very few" ended in arrests or investigations.

   United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, said the report pointed to "the systemic failure, or outright refusal, by the authorities to take human rights violations seriously."

   The report released Friday denounced violations of international law including "indiscriminate" aerial bombardment of civilian areas, burning of villages and destruction of other civilian property.

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