Sudan Forces Committed War Crimes in Border State, Amnesty Says

Sudanese government forces committed war crimes against civilians in the border state of Southern Kordofan while fighting a four-year insurgency, Amnesty International said.

The army used prohibited weapons such as cluster bombs and targeted civilian areas and infrastructure, which have “no legitimate military objective,” the London-based rights group said, citing its research mission in the country. Fighting erupted between government forces and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North rebels in Southern Kordofan in June 2011. Talks aimed at ending the violence have stalled.

Sudanese army spokesman Al-Sawarmi Khaled and Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman didn’t answer several calls to their phones seeking comment on the report.

President Umar al-Bashir, who’s ruled for a quarter-century and was re-elected in April, is indicted by the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity in Sudan’s western region of Darfur, where a rebellion began in 2003.

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