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Sudan: Mass Rape by Army in Darfur

Sudanese army forces raped more than 200 women and girls in an organized attack on the north Darfur town of Tabit in October 2014. 

HRW has documented Sudanese army attacks in which at least 221 women and girls were raped in Tabit over 36 hours beginning on October 30, 2014. The mass rapes would amount to crimes against humanity if found to be part of a widespread or systematic attack on the civilian population.

Sudanese army forces carried out three distinct military operations during which soldiers went house-to-house and looted property, arrested men, beat residents, and raped women and girls inside their homes. Human Rights Watch documented 27 separate incidents of rape, and obtained credible information about an additional 194 cases. Two army defectors separately told Human Rights Watch that their superior officers had ordered them to “rape women.”

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Photo: Special Prosecutor for Crimes in Darfur Yasir Ahmed Mohamed ® and his team talk to women during an investigation into allegations of mass rape in the village of Tabit, in North Darfur, November 20.© 2014 Reuters