MILITIA in Sudan carried out mass rapes as they attacked a pro-democracy protest camp in the capital Khartoum, it has been reported.
After the paramilitaries moved into the camp outside the army’s headquarters, 70 rape cases were reported as well as 100 dead and 700 injured.
The UN has raised fears the country is in danger of sliding into “human rights abyss” in the aftermath of the armed forces crackdown on the protest and subsequent unrest.
Sudan has been in turmoil after the successful ousting of Omar al-Bashir, Sudan’s strongman president of 30 years, in April.
According to The Guardian, a doctor with access to figures compiled by a pro-reform committee of medics said hospitals recorded more than 70 cases of rape in the attack and its aftermath.
The rapes were allegedly carried out by members of the Rapid Support Forces paramilitaries, notoriously brutal militia with roots in the conflict in the western Darfur region of Sudan, which began in 2003.
At the Royal Care hospital, a doctor said it treated five female and three male victims of rape.
At a second hospital in the south of the city, a medical source said it had received two rape cases, including one who was attacked by four RSF members.
Over 100 people were killed when the security forces dispersed the protest sit in on June 3 and around 700 wounded.
The warning about the human rights situation came from the UN Human Rights Council, which called on for an independent investigation into violations against peaceful protesters in Sudan.
A statement from the experts said they’re alarmed at reports of numerous deaths.
The experts called for an “independent investigation” to be set up by the council which opens a new session on June 24.
Around 19 children are among the dead, the Unicef’s executive director Henrietta Fore has said.
A further 49 youngsters have been injured with many more still in danger.
“We have received information that children are being detained, recruited to join the fighting and sexually abused,” she said.
“Schools, hospitals and health centres have been targeted, looted and destroyed. Health workers have been attacked simply for doing their job.”
The Forces for Declaration of Freedom and Change, which represents the protesters’ demand for civilian rule, has called on people to return to work across Sudan, after a three-day general strike.
Businesses reopened and traffic returned to its normal bustle in Khartoum.
Its decision reflected a growing desire for the protest leaders and the ruling military council to avoid a further escalation, after a week of violence.
Al-Bashir, who has led the country for 30 years, is wanted by the international war crimes tribunal for atrocities in Darfur.
He seized power in a bloodless coup back in 1989, and somehow managed his way through countless national crises.
Sudan was launched into civil war in 2003 when government forces were accused of oppressing the non-Arab population in Darfur.
The civil war which followed gained worldwide attention and left hundreds of thousands of people displaced.