AI seeks action against Janjawid attacks in Chad

Banjul- The Gambia, (PANA) -- London-based rights group Amnesty International (AI) has urged African leaders to "act firmly" to stop attacks on civilians in Chad by the Arab Janjawid militias from neighbouring Sudan.
In a letter to the leaders, who are due to meet in Banjul, the Gambia, this weekend, AI's Secretary-General Irene Khan said the attacks had displaced between 50,000 and 75,000 people from villages in Eastern Chad.
AI urged African leaders "to impress upon the government of Sudan its primary responsibility to protect civilians in Sudan, prevent cross border attacks against civilians in Chad by the Janjawid, and disarm them in accordance with the Darfur Peace Agreement.
" The rights group threatened to call for sanctions against the Sudanese government if it fails to disarm the Janjawid.
It also enjoined the Chadian government to deploy troops, wherever necessary, to protect civilians.

29 june 2006 19:37:00

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