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UN Human Rights Commission Condemns Abuses in Darfur, Sudan

The U.N. Human Rights Commission has adopted a resolution condemning human rights abuses in Sudan's troubled Darfur region.

The resolution, passed by consensus Thursday without a formal vote, blames both pro-government Arab militia and rebels in Darfur for the violations.

The Associated Press reports the measure specifically condemns the violence against civilians, sexual violence against women and girls, and the destruction of villages.

It was approved after the European Union withdrew a more strongly worded document that would have condemned the Sudanese government for its role in the violence.

Khartoum is accused of backing Arab militia fighting rebels in Darfur. The United Nations estimates the conflict has left 180,000 dead and more than two million others displaced.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.