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Sudan removes Darfur aid worker for refusing to cooperate with investigation

[JURIST] Banu Altunbasof, the Sudan head of international aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) [advocacy website], was ejected from the country's Darfur region [JURIST news archive] Thursday, after authorities said that she blocked state investigations into alleged MSF transgressions. The Sudanese government has long alleged that aid agencies have falsely accused the government of human rights abuses in Darfur for political purposes [JURIST report], while aid groups accuse the government of being hostile toward their work [HRW backgrounder] in the region. In 2005, two MSF workers were detained [JURIST report] over a report [PDF text] alleging mass rape in the Darfur region. Reuters has more.

A report [materials] released by the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) [official website] last week named Sudan as one of the worst violators of refugee rights. The report graded [grade report, PDF; report grading policy, PDF] countries based on their adherence to the UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees [text], specifically evaluating refugee policies on physical protection, detention and access to courts, labor, and freedom of movement. According to a report [text] by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website], as of April 2008 2.5 million people have been displaced by the government's war against rebel forces and another 2 million are considered to be otherwise affected by the conflict.

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