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Humanitarian aid groups to meet with Darfur war crimes prosecutor

[JURIST] Prominent humanitarian aid groups are meeting Friday with International Criminal Court [official website] prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, currently investigating war crimes in Darfur [ICC press release]. The unusual meeting was called by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation [foundation website] in New York and talks are expected to include "opportunities. . . for cooperation" between the prosecutor and represented aid groups like CARE USA, World Vision and Oxfam America which are concerned about maintaining perception of neutrality while protecting the safety of workers on the ground, as well as of villagers. Two weeks ago Sudan detained two workers [JURIST report] with Medecins Sans Frontieres and charged them with publishing a false report on rape in the region. Despite earlier hopes, the charges against those workers have not yet been dropped [JURIST report]. Reuters has more.

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