International brief ~ Sudan criticizes UN report on human rights in Darfur
D. Wes Rist at 9:56 AM ET
[JURIST] Leading Monday's international brief, the Sudanese government [official website] has criticized a UN High Commissioner for Human Rights report [DOC text] released last Friday which sharply condemned the human rights condition in Darfur [JURIST news archive]. Jamal Mohamed Ibrahim, the spokesperson for the Sudanese Foreign Ministry, called the report excessive and warned that it would contribute to inflexibility on the part of Darfur rebel groups currently attending peace negotiations. The report highlighted the lack of fair trials for captured rebel members and the continuing system of detention for those not capable of being tried. Sudan objected that the report ignored the creation of human rights courts in the Darfur region and pointed out some positive elements noted by the report. JURIST's Paper Chase has continuing coverage of Sudan [JURIST news archive]. The Sudan Tribune has more.
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