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Statement attributable to the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan a.i. , Mr Adnan Khan, on significant new displacement in South Darfur

Khartoum, 5 March 2014. The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan a.i., Mr Adnan Khan, has expressed his deep concern at reports of thousands of people having to flee their homes due to fresh fighting between armed movements and the Sudanese Armed Forces and its allied paramilitary groups in the Um Gunya area of South Darfur.
“The latest fighting in the Um Gunya area has displaced over 15,000 people from their homes, possibly many more,” said Mr Khan. “The majority of those fleeing the fighting have gone to Al Salam and Kalma camps outside of Nyala city. As these camps also received many newly displaced people last year, the available services such as water and medical care are already thinly stretched. Humanitarian agencies are organizing extra water and food supplies for the new arrivals in Al Salam and Kalma camps” said Mr Khan.
“Last year saw more people displaced in Darfur than in any single year since the height of the Darfur conflict in 2004. Unfortunately, what we are seeing in Darfur is a trend, where conflict and violence impacts the lives of ordinary people with increasing frequency. After eleven years of fighting in Darfur not only does new displacement, or displacement that has affected people multiple times, have a huge effect on those who have been uprooted but it also places great strain on return and recovery efforts across the region,” he said.

INCB: Every dollar spent on prevention can save up to ten dollars

VIENNA, 4 March (UN Information Service) – Only one in six problem drug users worldwide – some 4.5 million people – receives the treatment he or she needs, at a global cost of about US$35 billion per year, says the Vienna-based International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) in its Annual Report 2013, launched today in London. Heroin, cannabis and cocaine are the drugs most frequently used by people entering treatment worldwide. The President of INCB, Raymond Yans, noted that investment in prevention and treatment is a wise “investment choice” as it can lead to significant savings in health-care and crime-related costs and alleviate the suffering of drug-dependent persons and their families. Every dollar spent on prevention can save Governments up to ten dollars in later costs. The INCB Report reveals significant regional disparities in treatment provision: in Africa, only one in 18 problem drug users receives treatment, in Latin America, the Caribbean and South-Eastern Europe, one in 11 problem drug users is treated, and in Northern America one in 3. Continue reading

UN-African Union mission calls for unhindered access to site of recent violence

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The joint African Union-United Nations mission in Sudan’s Darfur region said today it is deeply concerned over an escalation in violence that has led to the reported burning of villages and the displacement of large numbers of civilians, and called for unhindered access to the affected area.

The mission, known as UNAMID, has received reports of looting, arson and civilian casualties as a result of the violence over the past several days in the vicinity of Um Gunya, located approximately 50 kilometres south-east of the South Darfur capital of Nyala. Continue reading

UN rights expert urges Government to release reports on 2013 protests

16 February 2014. Zalingei: (Center) Professor Masshood Baderin, Independent Expert on the Human Rights situation in Sudan, leaves the females' section of the prison in Zalingei, Central Darfur, as part of his 9-day-visit to Sudan, which included the North and East Darfur, South Kordofan and Khartoum. Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran, UNAMID.

The Independent Expert in a visit to inspect the facilities and condition of the prisoners in Zalingei prison, Zalingei, Central Darfur. Photo: Albert Gonzalez Farran/UNAMID

20 February 2014 – Expressing “deep concern” that the Sudanese authorities have not yet issued their reports on last year’s oil subsidy demonstrations, a United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government to release its documents on the protests, which he said, resulted in killings, injuries, arrests and detentions, and destruction of property.

“I regret to note that five months after these incidents, the committees set up by the Government have not yet issued their reports or findings on the incidents,” Mashood Adebayo Baderin, UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan, said as he summed up his recent eight-day mission to the country.

“The international community expects a thorough investigation of the human rights violations that occurred during the September demonstrations,” he stressed in a press release. “I have highlighted the international concerns about this and urged the Government to accelerate the release of the reports.” Continue reading

روسيا تدعم عمليات برنامج الأغذية العالمي في السودان

الخرطوم – رحب اليوم برنامج الأغذية العالمي بمساهمة تبلغ 2 مليون دولار أمريكي مقدمة من الاتحاد الروسي لدعم عمليات توزيع الغذاء التي يقوم بها البرنامج في السودان.

وستستخدم المساهمة لتقديم المساعدات الغذائية الى 70,000 مستفيد لفترة شهرين. Continue reading

رئيسة لجنة العقوبات في مجلس الأمن الخاصة بالقرار 1591 تجتمع بالفريق القطري للأمم المتحدة بالسودان

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21 يناير 2014 | الخرطوم – التقت اليوم رئيسة لجنة العقوبات في مجلس الأمن الخاصة بالقرار 1591 والممثلة الدائمة للأرجنتين لدى الأمم المتحدة، السفيرة ماريا كريستينا بيرسيفال، مع فريق الأمم المتحدة القطري في السودان بقيادة منسق الشؤون الإنسانية والتنموية والممثل المقيم لبرنامج الأمم المتحدة الإنمائي بالسودان السيد علي الزعتري .

 وذكرت السيدة بيرسيفال ان “الهدف من الزيارة هو تعزيز التعاون المتبادل بين لجنة العقوبات في مجلس الأمن الخاصة بالقرار 1591 وحكومة السودان.”

واطلعت السيدة بيرسيفال فريق الأمم المتحدة القطري على طبيعة العقوبات التي فرضها مجلس الأمن مشيرة الى أن هنالك مجموعتين من العقوبات وهما الحظر المفروض على الأسلحة وحظر السفر و تجميد الأصول. وأضافت قائلة “من المهم جدا أن نوضح بأن هذه العقوبات التي فرضها مجلس الأمن هي منفصلة عن تلك التي تفرضها الدول الأعضاء والتي تمارس سيادتها في فرض عقوبات اقتصادية وغيرها من جانب واحد.”

ومن جانبهم أبرز أعضاء الفريق القطري للأمم المتحدة واقع العمل في المجالين التنموي والانساني مركزين على الحاجة الى دعم هذه الجهود خاصة في دارفور. وذكرت السيدة بيرسيفال أن اللجنة ستنقل جميع هذه القضايا التي أثيرت خلال اجتماع للأعضاء الآخرين في مجلس الأمن.

 وأعربت السيدة بيرسيفال عن قلقها العميق إزاء الهجمات الخطيرة والمتكررة على قوات حفظ السلام و العاملين في المجال الإنساني في السودان و دعت الحكومة السودانية ليس فقط للكشف عن المعلومات المتعلقة بهذه الأحداث ولكن أيضا لتقديم الجناة إلى العدالة.

كما دعت الحكومة على ضمان حرية الحركة الكاملة وتقديم الدعم لفريق الخبراء الذي يياعد اللجنة في الوصول الى فهم أمثل للوضع. وأضافت قائلة “كذلك ندعو الحكومة إلى ضمان وصول جميع العاملين في المجال الإنساني إلى جميع المناطق حيث توجد هنالك حوجة ماسة لخدماتهم خاصة في المناطق التي تواجه أوضاعاً صعبة.”

وستلتقي السيدة بيرسيفال بمسؤلين من حكومة السودان كما ستسافر الى دارفور. ويرافق السيدة بيرسيفال وفد من ممثلي اللجنة .

وتم تكوين اللجنة في 29 مارس 2005 وفقاً للقرار رقم 1591 للعام 2005 الصادر عن مجلس الأمن بشأن السودان للإشراف على تدابير الجزاءات ذات الصلة وللاضطلاع بالمهام التي حددها مجلس الأمن في الفقرة الفرعية 3 ( أ) من القرار نفسه.

The Chair of the Security Council’s 1591 Sanctions Committee meets with the United Nations Country Team in Sudan

21 January 2014 | Khartoum – The Chair of the Security Council’s Resolution 1591 Sanctions Committee and Permanent Representative of Argentina to the UN, Ambassador Ms. Maria Cristina Perceval, met today with the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Sudan led by the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and the UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari.

“The aim of the visit is to enhance the mutual cooperation between the Security Council‘s 1591 Sanction Committee and the Government of Sudan,” said Ms. Perceval. Continue reading

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General On South Sudan

The Secretary-General is alarmed at the attempt today by senior members of the Government of South Sudan and South Sudan army to force entry into the protection of civilians site at the compound of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Bor.

Thousands of civilians have been killed, brutally abused and left homeless in just over a month of conflict in South Sudan. The Secretary-General calls on the parties and their respective leaders to do far more to ensure that fighters under their command protect civilians and respect International Humanitarian Law. They should also immediately cease hostilities, which have had such a devastating impact on their young country.

The Secretary-General is particularly disturbed that United Nations staff were threatened by South Sudan military when they refused to allow armed soldiers to accompany civilians to visit the UNMISS protection site today.

The Secretary-General condemns the threats made against UN personnel and demands that all parties to the conflict respect the sanctity of UNMISS protection sites.

This incident is just one of a growing number of violations of the Status of Forces Agreement, making it increasingly difficult for UNMISS to implement its mandate and dangerous for United Nations staff working in South Sudan.

New York, 19 January 2014