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Remark by United Nations Human Rights Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani, elevating alarm on killings of individuals fleeing El Geneina in West Darfur, Sudan

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Interviews with individuals who have fled El-Geneina, West Darfur, into Adre in Chad have revealed horrifying accounts of armed “Arab” militia backed by the Fast Assist Forces (RSF) killing folks fleeing El Geneina on foot. Our UN Human Rights officers have heard a number of, corroborating accounts that “Arab” militia are primarily focusing on male adults from the Masalit neighborhood. All these interviewed additionally spoke of seeing lifeless our bodies scattered alongside the street – and the stench of decomposition. A number of folks spoke off seeing dozens of our bodies in an space known as Shukri, round 10km from the border, the place a number of of the Arab militias reportedly has a base.

We’re gravely involved that such wanton killings are ongoing and urge speedy motion to halt them. Folks fleeing El-Geneina should be assured protected passage and humanitarian businesses allowed to entry to the realm to gather the stays of these killed.

Out of 16 folks we’ve got to date been capable of interview, 14 testified that they witnessed abstract executions and the focusing on of teams of civilians on the street between El-Geneina and the border – both the capturing at shut vary of individuals ordered to lie on the bottom or the opening of fireplace into crowds. The testimonies recounted killings that passed off on 15 and 16 June, but in addition prior to now week. We perceive the killings and different violence are persevering with and being accompanied by persistent hate speech in opposition to the Masalit neighborhood, together with calls to kill and expel them from Sudan.

One 37-year-old man stated that from his group of 30 folks fleeing to the Chad border, solely 17 made it throughout. Some have been killed after coming underneath fireplace from automobiles belonging to the RSF and “Arab” militia close to the Chad border, whereas others have been summarily executed, he stated. Those that survived had their telephones and cash looted from them by armed males shouting: “You’re slaves, you’re Nuba”.

A 22-year-old girl gave comparable accounts of killings. She instructed how one badly wounded younger man needed to be left on the bottom, as that they had no means of carrying him to security throughout the border. “We needed to depart him as a result of we had just one donkey with us,” she stated. It’s troublesome to estimate what number of injured folks could have been left to die in such circumstances.

Two interviewees testified individually that they, together with a gaggle of individuals, have been ordered by the RSF to go away El-Geneina. One stated she was hit with sticks whereas being instructed to “rise up and go to Chad – this isn’t your nation.”

The Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights calls on the RSF management to instantly, unequivocally condemn and cease the killing of individuals fleeing El-Geneina, and different violence and hate speech in opposition to them on the idea of their ethnicity. These accountable for the killings and different violence should be held accountable.

El-Geneina has change into uninhabitable. Important infrastructure has been destroyed and motion of humanitarian help to El-Geneina continues to be blocked. We urge the speedy institution of a humanitarian hall between Chad and El-Geneina, and protected passage for civilians out of areas affected by the hostilities.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Workplace of the UN Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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