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Sudanese protesters march against UN Darfur war crimes resolution

[JURIST] Tens of thousands of Sudanese demonstrators Tuesday gathered at UN headquarters and US and UK embassies in Khartoum to protest the recently approved UN resolution [JURIST report] turning Sudanese war crimes trials over to the International Criminal Court. The protesters denounced UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as a coward and agent of the US. The demonstrations were promoted by the state-run mobile phone service that sent messages to phone users. Protesters called the UN action foreign intervention aimed at exerting control over the country. The UN Security Council approved the resolution last week to refer suspects linked to war crimes in the Darfur region, where millions have been left homeless and tens of thousands killed in fighting between rebel forces and Arab militias. Sudan [government website; JURIST news archive] has vigorously rejected the resolution [text], arguing the war crimes trials can be held in the country. The Sudan Tribune has local coverage. Reuters has more.

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