Category Archives: Darfur

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the escalation of conflict in Darfur

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the deteriorating security situation in Darfur following reports of an escalation of hostilities between the Government of Sudan and the Darfur armed movements in Central Darfur and the resulting displacement of civilians. The UN has confirmed that at least 36,000 civilians have been displaced in Darfur due to these hostilities. Continue reading

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Review of UNAMID Reporting

593684UNAMID_DarfurA farmer in Karbab, South Darfur, rides his cart while Tanzanian troops from the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) arrive at the village as part of a routine patrol. UN Photo/Albert González Farran

A review, initiated by the Secretary-General, was conducted into recent allegations that the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) intentionally sought to cover up crimes against civilians and peacekeepers. Continue reading

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Darfur

The Secretary-General strongly condemns today’s attack on the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) resulting in the killing of two Ethiopian peacekeepers near Korma, North Darfur, while they were guarding a water borehole in the area. A third peacekeeper, who was wounded, later succumbed to his injuries.

The Secretary-General underscores that attacks on UN peacekeepers are unacceptable and constitute a serious violation of international law.

The Secretary-General conveys his sincere condolences to the families of the fallen peacekeepers and to the Government of Ethiopia.

New York, 16 October 2014

Security Council press statement on UNAMID – 16 October 2014

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack on UNAMID (African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur) peacekeepers in Korma, North Darfur, by a group of unidentified armed men on 16 October 2014, which resulted in the death of 3 Ethiopian peacekeepers.

The members of the Security Council expressed their condolences to the families of the peacekeepers killed in the attack, as well as to the Government of Ethiopia and to UNAMID. They called on the Government of Sudan swiftly to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support for UNAMID and called on all parties in Darfur to cooperate fully with the mission.

16 October 2014

Darfur: African Union-UN envoy urges Security Council to support Sudanese dialogue

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The challenge for the international community remains how best to impress upon all the parties involved in the Darfur conflict that a military solution and the status quo are untenable, the African Union-United Nations envoy on the region said today, urging the Security Council to play a more proactive role in supporting the holding of a successful national dialogue in Sudan.

“There is broad and general consensus that the national dialogue [proposed by Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir] represents an opportunity to resolve the Darfur crisis and other crises in the Sudan,” said Mohamed Ibn Chambas, African Union-United Nations Joint Special Representative and Joint Chief Mediator. Continue reading

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Darfur

The Secretary-General is concerned about the recent serious allegations against the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). These allegations cover a wide range of issues, including inaccurate reporting of the facts on the ground in Darfur, specific instances of failure to protect civilians and accusations of mismanagement of UNAMID.

UNAMID has undergone several investigations and reviews over the last two years, which have sought to address both strategic issues and specific incidents related to the Mission’s performance. The Secretary-General’s Special Report of 25 February 2014 provides an overview of the strategic and managerial challenges faced by the Mission and the work being done at United Nations Headquarters and in UNAMID to address them.

The Secretary-General remains committed to improving UNAMID’s performance and is determined to take all necessary steps to correct any wrongdoing. He has instructed the Secretariat to review the reports of all investigations and inquiries undertaken since mid-2012 to ensure that their recommendations have been implemented and that any relevant issues have been fully addressed. This review, to be completed within one month, will enable the Secretary-General to determine what has already been done and, if recommendations are outstanding, what corrective action needs to be taken.

New York, 2 July 2014

تصريح من السيد علي الزعتري، منسق الأمم المتحدة المقيم للشؤون التنموية والإنسانية في السودان، حول الصراع والنزوح المتزايد في منطقة دارفور

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الخرطوم، 23 مارس 2014.  عبر السيد علي الزعتري، منسق الأمم المتحدة المقيم للشؤون التنموية والإنسانية في السودان، عن قلقه الشديد من العنف في دارفور حيث يستمر نزوح العشرات من الآلاف من الناس من بيوتهم.  وقد كان نزح أكثر من 200,000 نسمة من منازلهم منذ بداية عام 2014.  وعبر السيد الزعتري عن عميق حزنه للخسارة المستمرة لأرواح المدنيين الذين لا دخل لهم بالنزاع المسلح.

وأردف السيد الزعتري، “إن المدنيين هم الذين يتأثرون بشكل عميق بهذا النزاع المتجدد الذي منع غياب الأمان المترتب عليه وغيره من العقبات، المؤسسات الإنسانية من الوصول إلى الكثير من الناس المتأثرين في مناطق الصراع، خاصة ونحن نعلم أن هناك العديد من الناس الذين يرزحون تحت معاناة شديدة. كما أن حجم النزوح الجديد قد استنزف قدرات المؤسسات الإنسانية الوطنية والدولية لإيصال وتوفير الخدمات الأساسية لمن هم في أشد الحاجة لها، خاصة المتواجدين في معسكرات النزوح حيث تعاني المؤسسات الإنسانية المتواجدة هناك أصلا من النقص في إمكانياتها.”

وأضاف، ” أدت التحديات المتزايدة والصراع المزمن في دارفور إلى تقليص متواصل في العاملين في المجال الإنساني من حوالي 18,000 موظف في بداية 2009 إلى 6,800 موظف في أواخر عام 2013. لقد جعل هذا التناقص إيصال المساعدات الإنسانية أكثر صعوبة ومشقة. إن أهالي دارفور بحاجة للدعم الفوري من المجتمع الإنساني الآن أكثر من أي وقت مضى منذ بدء الأزمة قبل عقد من الزمان. لذلك يجب على جميع أطراف النزاع القائم أن يضعوا مصلحة المدنيين فوق أية مصالح ضيقة، مما يعني السماح للمؤسسات الإنسانية إيصال المساعدات بشكل فوري ومن غير معوقات والعمل بشكل جدي لترسيخ اتفاقية تسمح للناس بالعيش في دارفور بسلام.”

Statement attributable to the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Mr Ali Al-Za’tari, on increasing violence and displacement in Darfur

Khartoum, 23 March 2014 — The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari, has expressed his deep concern at increasing violence in Darfur, as tens of thousands of people continue to be displaced from their homes. Since the beginning of 2014, over 200,000 people in Darfur have been displaced. Mr. Al-Za’tari feels extremely saddened by the continuous loss of human life, mostly civilians not associated with the conflict.

“Civilians are those most deeply affected by renewed hostilities in Darfur”, said Mr. Al-Za’tari.  “Insecurity and other impediments have prevented aid agencies from reaching many affected people in active conflict areas, but we do know that many people are suffering. The scale of this new displacement is also stretching the ability of aid agencies, national and international, to deliver basic services to those in need, especially in Darfur’s camps where there is already a shortage of capacity amongst aid agencies,” he said.

“The increasingly challenging and protracted nature of the crisis in Darfur has led to a nearly two-thirds reduction in the number of aid workers, from some 18,000 in early 2009 to 6,800 aid workers in late 2013, making the effective delivery of aid more difficult. However, more than at any point since the Darfur crisis started a decade ago, the people of Darfur need the immediate support of the humanitarian community. All parties to the conflict in Darfur need to put the interest of innocent civilians ahead of other narrow interests. This means allowing aid agencies to deliver assistance to those vulnerable people who need it most immediately without delay or hindrance, and reaching an agreement that allows the people of Darfur to live in peace,” said Mr. Al-Za’tari.

 

South Darfur: Pillay urges halt to attacks targeting civilians

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GENEVA (11 March 2014) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed deep concern on Tuesday that civilians in South Darfur, Sudan, have been bearing the brunt of recent attacks.

“There has been a disproportionate use of force by armed groups in areas in South Darfur that are not military targets. There must be an immediate halt to attacks on unarmed civilians,” she said.

According to witnesses, these groups have attacked some 45 villages in the Um Gunya area, approximately 50 km south of Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state, since the end of February. While it is difficult to ascertain the number of people killed, an estimated 50,000 civilians have been displaced amid looting and arson.

“I urge the authorities to protect civilians and hold to account those who have committed grave breaches of human rights and humanitarian laws,” said Pillay.

The High Commissioner voiced concern that peacekeepers from the United Nations/African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), as well as human rights and humanitarian agencies had been prevented from reaching areas affected by the attacks.

“The Sudanese government must allow UNAMID to fulfil its mandate to protect civilians, and grant access to populations in need,” she said.

The High Commissioner noted that the attacks were adding to the number of internally displaced people (IDPs), with many of those fleeing ending up in camps in South Darfur such as Kalma and Al Salam, near Nyala, where the number of IDPs was close to 200,000 before the recent attacks.

“Their arrival is having an overwhelming impact on the already limited water, food and health care available in the camps. The increase in displacement is a worrying trend at a time when civilians were being encouraged to return to their villages of origin,” Pillay said.

The High Commissioner called on all parties to the conflict to participate in UNAMID’s mediation initiative.  She also urged all armed groups to avoid using civilian populations in many regions of Darfur as a shield for military operations.

“A military approach will not bring about the peace that the people of Darfur deserve after so many years of armed conflict,” Pillay said.

Mass displacements triggered by renewed violence in North and South Darfur

violenceA woman with her child take shelter under a cart in the Al Salam IDP camp near Nyala, South Darfur.UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran

An outbreak of inter-communal violence in Saraf Omra, in the Sudanese region of North Darfur, has led to a mass displacement of civilians and a number of casualties.

The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has expressed its deep concern over the thousands of displaced civilians who have taken refuge in Mission’s base over the past few days.

Peacekeepers have taken up positions around the displaced to provide protection.

Stéphane Dujarric, the UN’s Spokesperson, said additional troops and police have been deployed to the base to bolster security.

“In addition, the Mission has provided water and evacuated 38 casualties, 24 of which were in a critical condition, for medical treatment. While the fighting has subsided, the Mission says that the situation in the area remains tense. It adds that it is working with the humanitarian coordinators to provide further assistance, including food and sanitation support.”

Meanwhile, more than 45,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in the Um Gunya area in South Darfur.

The villages in the area have reportedly been attacked by Government forces. Many people have fled to camps surrounding Nyala, the state capital.

Humanitarian agencies are ensuring that adequate water and food supplies are made available to those affected.