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12 September 2012 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council today condemned “in the strongest terms” yesterday’s attack against the United States Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the deaths of four US diplomats, as well as Libyan employees of the Consulate.
“The Secretary-General condemns this attack in the strongest terms,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement, which noted that the UN chief is “saddened” by the attack and extends his condolences to the US Government and to the bereaved Libyan and American families.
In a press statement, the members of the Security Council echoed the SecretarThe United Nations rejects defamation of religion in all forms. At the same time, nothing justifies the brutal violence which occurred in Benghazi yesterday.y-General’s reaction and expressed their deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the victims of “this heinous act” and to their families.
According to initial media reports, it is believed the US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other diplomats were killed, and others injured or killed, when suspected Libyan religious extremists stormed the US Consulate in the eastern Libyan town late Tuesday.
Mr. Stevens was reportedly paying a short visit to the city when the consulate came under attack, and the extremists are said to have attacked the location in protest against an anti-Islamic video produced by an American-Israeli real-estate developer.
“The United Nations rejects defamation of religion in all forms. At the same time, nothing justifies the brutal violence which occurred in Benghazi yesterday,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said. “The Secretary-General reminds the Libyan authorities of their obligations to protect diplomatic facilities and personnel.”
Citing the fundamental principle of the inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises, and the obligations on host Governments – including under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations – the Council members called on authorities to protect diplomatic and consular property and personnel, and to respect their international obligations in this regard.
“The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that such acts are unjustifiable regardless of their motivations, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” the Council statement read, while also mentioning that the Council members condemned “in the strongest terms” an attack on the US Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, which took place on Tuesday.
In addition, the Council members underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of these acts to justice, and, according to his spokesperson, the Secretary-General welcomes statements by Libyan authorities that they will bring those responsible for the attack to justice.
“The Secretary-General reiterates the commitment of the United Nations to continue working with the Government and the people of Libya as they strive to bring stability to their country,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson added.
Article source: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=42867&Cr=libya&Cr1=
Radio Dabanga was informed on Tuesday 11 September, that citizens from Kutum, North Darfur, are facing difficulties since a state of emergency was announced a week ago. According to the decision, law enforcement services must withdraw Kutum for security reasons, but now residents say they do not know who can support them in settling legal disputes.
Osman Mohamed Yusuf Kibir, the Governor of North Darfur, announced a state of emergency in Kutum on 5 September. As part of his measure, the Governor ordered that the police, the Sudanese Central Reserve Forces (Abu Tira), and the executive and judiciary forces withdrew Kutum. Besides, he appointed Brigadier Mohammad Kamal Mohamed Nur as the administrative and executive supervisor of Kutum and El-Waha localities.
Citizens from Kutum told Radio Dabanga that since law enforcement services’ withdrawal, they do not know where to file complaints and they said there is no court available to settle disputes. Citizens stressed it is their right to have access to legal services according to the constitution.
Lawyers and activists from Kutum appealed to the government to return law enforcement services to the city.
On a different note, Radio Dabanga was informed that since Monday 10 September, schools and markets in Kutum are beginning to resume their activities. Sources said that despite the calm and security that began to prevail in Kutum, the population still lives in fear.
Fato Borno residents still in fear
On the same day, residents of the Fato Borno camp, told Radio Dabanga that the recent measures taken by the Governor of North Darfur did not yet improve security nor stability in the area. A leader from the camp said the situation will only improve once border guards and the Sudanese Central Reserve Forces (Abu Tira) permanently leave Kutum and surroundings.
A Fato Borno camp’s leader explained to Radio Dabanga that displaced persons cannot move freely outside the camp to go farming, shopping, and fetching water and firewood. He said they still fear being attacked by militias if they leave.
The camp’s leader called upon UNAMID to escort and protect camp’s residents when they must leave the area to carry out their activities.
Article source: http://www.radiodabanga.org/node/35657
Onlookers said that on Tuesday 11 September, two pro-government militia raped a woman and a child from Kassab camp, North Darfur. They added that two other women were beaten repeatedly by the men when trying to escape.
A camp’s activist and a resident said the victims were on their way to work in the morning on a farm outside the camp when the two men, wearing military uniforms, attacked them. They claimed the men, on camels, belong to the Sudanese Central Reserve Forces (Abu Tira). The sources said that two women manged to flee, after being severely beaten by the men, and the other two victims were raped by both men.
Radio Dabanga was told that the Sudanese military forces and UNAMID brought the victims to a Kutum hospital for treatment.
Also on Tuesday, sources told Radio Dabanga that the same pro-government militia assaulted two displaced women inside their farms, near Kassab camp. They said the two victims were beaten with whips and that one ended with a broken hand and the other with head injuries.
The source appealed to families not to let their daughters leave the camp area to avoid them from being attacked. He asked that victims immediately report rape cases to the police. The source added that rape victims must always seek treatment, as they are prone to many diseases and need to be medicated.
Northeast of Kutum
When speaking to Radio Dabanga on Sunday, 9 September, sources accused border guards and the Sudanese Central Reserve Forces (Abu Tira) of raping two women in Wadi El-Naam and El-Sudd areas, northeast of Kutum.
They added that besides attacking the women, border guards and Abu Tira forces looted local citizens’ properties and destroyed their livestock.
Adam Saleh Abaker, spokesman of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM)-Minni Minnawi, confirmed the occurrence of these incidents to Radio Dabanga. He added that border guards and Abu Tira threatened to kill the citizens who attempted entering their farms to chase away their livestock.
Abaker warned that those who committed these crimes will face consequences to their actions, which he described as brutal. He added the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF), of which the SLM is a member, will not remain silent against such abuses.
Related content: More than 20 women and girls raped at Kassab camp (22 August 2012)
Article source: http://www.radiodabanga.org/node/35658