In Close Proximity: Alleged Abduction, Detention and Extrajudicial Killings by Abu Tira
Report date: 13 October 2011

Satellite imagery provided by DigitalGlobe.

The Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) has corroborated eyewitness accounts and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) reports alleging that the Government of Sudan’s Central Reserve Police (CRP) unit has engaged in the unlawful abduction, detention, and extra-judicial killing of civilians in South Kordofan, Sudan.

SSP, through the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s (HHI) analysis of DigitalGlobe satellite imagery and field reports collected by the Enough Project, has documented that the CRP, also known as “Abu Tira,” reinforced and fortified a police training center alongside the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) compound during the time period that CRP forces were reportedly abducting, detaining, torturing and killing internally displaced persons (IDPs) seeking refuge there. Satellite imagery shows clear evidence of the buildup of fortifications and significant reinforcement of apparent CRP personnel and vehicles between 2 June and 19 August.
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