A second aid worker from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has been arrested in Sudan. This follows yesterdays arrest and subsequent release on bail of the head of MSF Holland, Paul Foreman who has been charged with "spying and spreading false information". Both arrests are a response to the MSF report "The Crushing Burden of Rape: Sexual Violence in Dafur" which was published in March this year.
The report was based on 500 cases of rape treated by MSF over a 4 1/2 month period. The Sudanese authorities are now demanding MSF hand over the medical records of the women treated for rape and of course MSF have quite rightly refused to do this. One because the medical records are confidential documents and secondly rape is both a war crime and violation of human rights and thirdly the Sudanese government is known to have colluded with those who committed the rapes and other acts of violence. Posted via Ethan’s blog.