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UN Team Says Sudan is Orchestrating Crimes in Darfur

A U.N. human rights team is accusing Sudan's government of direct involvement with war crimes in Darfur.

The U.N. human rights group issued a report Monday in Geneva that says the government has "failed to protect the population of Darfur from large-scale international crimes, and has itself orchestrated and participated in these crimes."

The report also says "war crimes and crimes against humanity continue across the region."

The U.N. team was headed by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams, who was sent by the U.N. Human Rights Council to investigate charges of widespread abuse in Sudan's western Darfur region.

Fighting between non-Arab rebels and militias mobilized by the Sudanese government has killed more than 200,000 people and displaced at least two million since 2003.

Last September, the New York-based rights group Human Rights Watch said the Sudanese military was indiscriminately bombing villages in Darfur's rebel-held regions and urged the U.N. Security Council to impose sanctions on Sudan.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.