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UN human rights chief says larger presence needed in Darfur

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said Tuesday in an address to the UN Commission on Human Rights that the UN needed to "massively increase" its presence in the Darfur region of Sudan to help protect non-Arab villagers in the region. Arbour said she would recommend to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan that the UN dramatically increase the 500-person international contingent that is currently in the region. Arbour made her comments after returning from a seven-day visit to the region.

The situation in Darfur, in which more than a million non-Arab villagers have been driven from their homes by Arab militias in the region, has been called the world's worst humanitarian crisis by the UN. Read Arbour's full comments here. JURIST's Paper Chase has continuing coverage of events in Sudan. AP has more.

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