Sudan kills 250 people with chemical weapons, say Amnesty
Experts for the human rights group believe a ‘blister agent’ such as mustard gas was used at least 30 times, with the latest attack on September 9.
“The use of chemical weapons is a war crime” Tirana Hassan, Amnesty International’s director of Crisis Research told reporters. “The evidence we have gathered is credible and portrays a regime that is intent on directing attacks against the civilian population in Darfur without any fear of international retribution”.
A statement by Sudan’s ambassador to the UN, Omer Dahab Fadl Mohamed, claimed the report was not true and that Sudan did not have weapons of this type. “The ultimate objective of such wild accusation, is to steer confusion in the on-going processes aimed at deepening peace and stability and enhancing economic development and social cohesion in Sudan”.
The Sudanese government has been trying pacify a rebellion in Darfur since 2003, from which time the UN believe over 300,000 people have been killed.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court on genocide charges related to massacres in Darfur.