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The Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) has documented evidence of attacks by armored vehicles and the destruction of villages in Sudan's disputed border region of Abyei following the reported bombardment and occupation of the area by the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) on May 20-21. The SSP report, “Abyei Invasion: Evidence of SAF Incursion into the Abyei Region” captures the razing of structures north of Abyei town, including the destruction of a southern-aligned base at Todach; the potential abandonment of a southern base at Tajalei; and fires burning in the town of Dungop and another point near Abyei town. SSP also documents the apparent absence of previously documented forces at a northern-aligned militia base at Goli. This imagery is consistent with reports that northern-aligned forces have razed buildings in Abyei.
"This latest attack by the Khartoum regime demonstrates that the lack of consequences for such offensive actions will ensure that they continue," said board member John Prendergast. "The escalation of aerial attacks in Darfur, the intensification of coordinated attacks by Khartoum-supported militias, and the military occupation of Abyei require a much stronger response from the international community."
A new video, featured on the Huffington Post, captures a conversation between board members Don Cheadle and John Prendergast about what needs to be done in Darfur.
View the "Bang the Drum for Darfur" video above, and follow the link for the accompanying statement, as well as information on how you can take action.
The Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, is now using elephant poaching as a means to sustain itself. LRA leader Joseph Kony—wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity—has ordered his fighters to bring him elephant tusks.Eyewitnesses report that the LRA trades tusks for much-needed resources such as food, weapons and ammunition, and other supplies.
“The Satellite Sentinel Project's methods have overturned the idea of what investigating human-rights abuses means,” writes Ian Daly in Wired UK magazine. This is an excerpt from his Satellite Sentinel Project profile, "Can you spot the human rights abuses here? You can with real-time satellite tracking," which appears in the March 2013 issue. You may download the magazine from iTunes or the Google Play Store, or read the full article online.
This op-ed originally appeared on USA Today.
After our first trip to Darfur together nearly a decade ago, we were certain that the enormity of the human rights crimes unfolding there would result in a major international response.
On January 16, the U.N. Resident and Humanitarian Coordinatorin Sudan confirmed the biggest forced displacement in Darfur in recent years.
For months, the two Sudans have been facing off along their contested border. In September, they agreed to establish a buffer zone, 10 km north and south of the agreed upon center line, to separate their armed forces and reduce tension in the region. In the past week, both the governments of Sudan and South Sudan finally reported that their troops have withdrawn on their respective sides of the center line and will withdraw from the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone, or SDBZ.