After a coup backed by Islamic fundamentalists ousted the civilian government of Sadiq al-Mahdi in June 1989, Sudan's improving human rights record was disastrously reversed by a military regime that Africa Watch characterizes as "exceptionally cruel and intolerant." This detailed report catalogues gross violations of due process, vicious repression of dissent, systematic slaughter and starvation of civilians in the ongoing civil war, abuse of captives and the reemergence of de facto slavery in parts of southern Sudan. Blame for the deteriorating conditions is attributed to the government of Lieutenant General Omer al-Bashir and, inter alia, to the Bush administration, which has treated human rights abuses in Sudan as a matter of little importance.
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