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Female diplomats publish letter criticising sexual violence in Darfur

International stateswomen, including former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, are making a joint call for an end to rape and sexual violence in Darfur.

The group is publishing a letter in newspapers worldwide today.

To date at least two hundred thousand people have died in the conflict-torn region of Darfur, and an estimated two million people, have fled their homes.

Thousands of women have suffered rape and sexual violence.

Today's plea for an end to this comes from some of the world's most powerful women, and is being published on the eve of Global Day for Darfur.

The signatories - who include the former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and our own Mary Robinson - are calling for peacekeepers to be sent in to protect women there.

The letter says rape is being used "on a daily basis" as a weapon of war in Darfur, and "women and young girls live in constant fear of attack".

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