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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL2837, tabled on 11 November 2014

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that systematic rape of women and girls occurred on 31 October and 1 November in Tabit village, North Darfur, and of the role United Nations Mission in Darfur forces reportedly played in those events.

Answered on

25 November 2014

We remain deeply concerned by the recent reports of a mass rape at Tabit village in North Darfur. We have called on the Government of Sudan to allow the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) unhindered access so that the UN can conduct a full investigation into these alleged appalling crimes. We note that UNAMID was granted access to Tabit on 9 November, but are concerned by reports that their investigations took place under the close observation of Sudanese security officials. It is important that UNAMID now continue with a thorough and impartial investigation and that all relevant information is included in future public communications.