Sudan: Rhetoric versus Reality in Darfur - Continuing Abuses Despite Government Charm Offensive

(New York, December 2, 2008) – Recent claims by the Sudanese government that the situation in Darfur is improving are not borne out by reality, fifteen organizations said in a report released today. In an effort to bolster their argument that the U.N. Security Council should suspend the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) consideration of an arrest warrant against President Omar al-Bashir, Sudan has contended that there have been serious improvements in Darfur. The ICC prosecutor is scheduled to brief the Security Council on December 3, 2008, about the progress of his investigation.

In stark contrast to Khartoum’s claims, the 22 page report, "Rhetoric vs. Reality–the Situation in Darfur," prepared by a coalition of nongovernmental organizations

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