In Close Proximity: Alleged Abduction, Detention and Extra-Judicial Killings by Abu Tira


The Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) has corroborated multiple eyewitness accounts and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) reports alleging that the Government of Sudan’s (GoS) Central Reserve Police (CRP) unit engaged in the unlawful abduction, detention, and extrajudicial killing of civilians in Kadugli, 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 training center within approximately 100 meters of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) compound perimeter as early as 2 June 2011.

Between 2 June and 19 August 2011, CRP significantly built up the fortifications and reinforced the vehicles and personnel present at that facility during the time period that CRP forces were allegedly abducting, detaining, torturing and killing internally displaced persons (IDPs) seeking refuge there. CRP in South Kordofan is allegedly under the control of the Governor of South Kordofan, indicted war criminal Ahmed Haroun.

*Note: In the original report issued 13 October 2011, Fig 2 erroneously identified a fortified berm as being "mechanized." That annotation has been amended and the correct version appears here as of 18 October 2011.