British criminal lawyer Amal Clooney has been appointed special adviser to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague on the former conflict in Darfur (Sudan).

Her new job has been created by Karim Khan, the new prosecutor of the ICC.

Her husband, American actor George Clooney, has been campaigning for human rights in the African region for years.

The lawyer previously represented victims of the conflict in an ICC lawsuit against Ali Kushayb, the leader of the government-armed militia Janjaweed.

In total, 17 special ICC advisers have been appointed by Khan.

In a statement, he said he was pleased with this "exceptional group of experts" and was grateful for their commitment to this role.

The Darfur conflict began in 2003 and was fought between the government and the Janjaweed on the one hand and rebel groups of non-Arab populations on the other.

After the victory of the Janjaweed, a period of ethnic cleansing followed.

As a result of the war, hundreds of thousands of Sudanese lost their lives and millions of residents fled the genocide, looting and rapes that took place. In 2006 a peace agreement was signed.

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