Amnesty alleges China, Russia supplying arms used in Darfur

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

BEIJING -- China and Russia are supplying arms to Sudan that are being used to fuel the violence in the Darfur region in violation of a U.N. arms embargo, a human rights group said in a report Tuesday.

China and Russia quickly rejected the report and Sudan's government said it was "not justified."

"The irresponsible transfer of arms to Sudan and its neighbors are a significant factor in the massive human rights catastrophe in Darfur and its spread into eastern Chad," London-based Amnesty International said.

The report said "the bulk" of the arms were transferred from China and Russia, without giving specific, up-to-date figures.

It said Beijing and Moscow should have been aware that their military equipment was "deployed by the Sudanese armed forces and militia for direct attacks on civilians and indiscriminate attacks in Darfur."

Sudanese government spokesman Bakri Mulah denied the report's accusations, calling its claims "not justified."

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