U.N. investigating use of chemical weapons in the Sudan

The United Nations is calling for an investigation into possible violations of international law, including the use of chemical weapons, committed by the Sudanese Armed Forces, the Sudanese Central Reserve Police or their military allies.

The allegations, detailed in a report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, also include indiscriminate killing, abduction, arbitrary arrest, illegal detention, attacks on churches and forced displacement. They allegedly occurred last June in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan state, according to TheEpochTimes.com.

“This is a preliminary report produced under very challenging circumstances and with very limited access to affected areas,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said, UN.org reports. “However what it suggests has been happening in Southern Kordofan is so serious that it is essential there is an independent, thorough and objective inquiry with the aim of holding perpetrators to account."

On June 22, the U.N. Mission to Sudan received a series of reports that the SAF used chemical weapons against civilians. The attacks reportedly came after a series of aerial assaults on the village of Shivi and the surrounding Salara region, where many had sought shelter, according to the report.

Neither the use of chemical weapons nor the existence of purported mass graves have been fully verified by the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.