Sudan's government has failed to protect civilians in Darfur from rape, torture and other forms of violence as required under international law, says a report by UN investigators.
The document, compiled by UN rights experts and made available this week, details many incidents of civilians caught up in fighting between government forces and government-backed militias or rebel groups.
In one case, at least 30 civi- lians died when a rebel stronghold was attacked by about 900 militias who were backed by a government plane that bombed a market area, the report said.
In another case, 12 people were killed when rebels attacked a civilian convoy guarded by government soldiers.
The report also faults the government for failing to stop serious human rights abuses ranging from arbitrary arrest to torture and extra-judicial execution. It notes with concern Khartoum's unwillingness to cooperate with the international criminal court in The Hague. - Sapa-AP