Armed conflicts continue between government forces and armed opposition groups, particularly in Darfur, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states. Government forces have attacked, killed, and raped civilians and looted and destroyed their property in violation of the laws of war, and forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes. Authorities arbitrarily detain political activists and subject them to ill-treatment and torture; use unnecessary lethal force against anti-government protesters; and censor the media.  Despite these abuses and the International Criminal Court warrant for the arrest of President Omar al-Bashir for crimes in Darfur, the United States and European Union pledged renewed support for the Sudanese government citing cooperation in counterterrorism and migration control.