Sudan’s human rights situation is grim with killings of civilians by government and rebel forces and arbitrary arrests and torture for political reasons, a UN investigator said on Sept. 15. Sima Samar, in a report for the UN Human Rights Council, said breaches of humanitarian law were being committed not only in the Darfur region in the west but also in other parts of the country, including the south. “Despite some steps by the government of Sudan, principally in the area of law reform, the human rights situation on the ground remains grim, with many interlocutors even reporting an overall deterioration,” she wrote. (Reuters)

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