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DRDC - FRONTPAGE - Press release -24 June 2015

24 June 2015



 Over 80 Sudanese and Human Rights Groups Urgently Petition the UNSC as UNAMID Mandate Set to Expire

NEW YORK, KAMPALA and GENEVA – Wednesday, June 24, 2015 – Today, 83 organisations and activists addressed an open letter to the fifteen members of the United Nations Security Council demanding the renewal of the mandate of the African Union and United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) for one additional year. They described the situation in Darfur as “the genocide of the twenty-first century par excellence.” Listing the most recent data and incidents that represent violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, the letter argued that the horrific security and humanitarian crisis that necessitated the deployment of UNAMID in 2007 is still intact. They expressed their fears that the withdrawal of UNAMID meant that the infrastructure and logistics, built by western donors, currently used by UNAMID will be used by the government army and pro-government militia groups to enhance their ability to commit international crimes in Darfur. The letter reminded members of the Security Council that previous regional and international responses to end the genocide in Darfur have failed and it has further stressed that the people of Darfur deserve a robust, strong and independent peacekeeping mission.

The letter calls on the world to unite in its resolve not to abandon the people of Darfur at this time of greatest need or to turn its back on them. It recommended a number of measures to be taken by the UN Security Council:

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DRDC - FRONTPAGE - Open Letter to UN Security Council Members on Darfur - June 2015

24 June 2015


Open Letter to UN Security Council Members on Darfur



We, the undersigned 83 representatives of Sudanese and international humanitarian and human rights organ-izations and advocates, write to you requesting the renewal of UNAMID’s mandate in Darfur. The UN has rightly described the crisis in Darfur as the world’s largest humanitarian crisis in the twenty-first century. Last March witnessed the 12th anniversary of the genocide in Darfur. This year also marked the 10th anniver-sary of two important occasions in this respect: 1) The report of the International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur, examined by the UN Security Council in early 2005, and 2) The referral of the situation in Darfur to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in March 2005.

Darfur is the genocide of the twenty-first century par excellence. It is one of the longest-running tragedies in recent history. The genocide in Darfur so far claimed over 400,000 lives; rendered around 4.4 million de-pendent on humanitarian assistance, including at least 2.5 internally displaced persons; and forced around 400,000 to cross the borders of Sudan into Chad and the Central African Republic as refugees. The abhor-rent crime of rape is endemic in Darfur as thousands of women and girls were sexually assaulted while thou-sands of homes and livestock were destroyed or looted.


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DRDC - UN Action - HRS Resolutions

UN HRS Resolutions

DRDC - CS forum - 3rd Session - Intro

Third Session

Civil Society Forum Sudan and South Sudan

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, January 20th – 22nd, 2014


This week, over 100 civil society activists and advocates from all over the world attended the Third Session of the Civil Society Forum on Sudan and South Sudan. The Forum was held at Bole Ambassador Hotel in Addis Ababa during the period 20 to 22 January 2014. The three-day forum covered a wide variety of issues plaguing Sudan, South Sudan and the surrounding region. Advocates in attendance were experts from Sudan, South Sudan, Africa and the rest of the world. The Forum culminated in rich intellectual discourse, ecommendations for future advocacy work, and civil society resolutions as a pre-summit contribution to the 22nd Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Assembly of Heads of State and Government.

The Third Session of the Forum consisted of panel discussions, open sessions of questions and comments, and special presentations. While calling for an immediate end to the suffering of civilians and the expeditious signing of a ceasefire arrangement in South Sudan, the Forum also recommended that the IGAD Secretariat and the Chairperson of the AU Commission strengthen oversight and reduce ambiguity in the Final Draft Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities Between the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army In Opposition.

The Forum’s panel topics included: A discussion of stakeholders in peace, particularly focused on the AU and civil society; Civil society’s role in the technical assistance of Sudan; An update of the humanitarian situations in South and West Kordofan States, Blue Nile State, and Darfur; An update of the situation in South Sudan; Conflict analysis and the building of peace within the region; Opportunities on future civil society advocacy work on Sudan and South Sudan within the AU and IGAD; and Special advocacy and awareness projects. Speakers included world-renowned peace activists and experts on the two countries including Dr. Suliman Baldo, Professor Mukesh Kapila, Mr. David Deng, Mr. Abdul Mohamed, Professor. Mashood A. Baderin.

At the end of the discussions, the Forum adopted 10 resolutions to be presented before the 22nd Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly (January 30th – 31st 2014). Resolutions were adopted on different topics including: the armed conflict in South Sudan, State-Building and Reconciliation in South Sudan, the Critical Situation of Women in Sudan and South Sudan, Refugees and IDPs in the Two Sudans, Press Freedom in the Two Sudans, the Role of the United Nations in Sudan, South Sudan, and the Disputed Territory of Abyei, Civil Rights and Political Freedoms in Sudan, the Situation in Darfur, the Situation in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, and Democratization in Sudan. Forum contributors trust that adoption of the proposed resolutions will help assist, protect, and serve the people of Sudan and South Sudan.

The Third Session of the Forum also witnessed the official launching of the People To People Initiative on Sudan.

Participants and observers, including AU-accredited ambassadors and officials expressed the views that “this gathering of bright and enthusiastic experts and peace advocates has again produced high-quality materials for contribution to the AU work on Sudan and South Sudan. Future forums of this kind are encouraged to continue to be convened in order to enhance advocacy, raise awareness and mobilize the public opinion of African policy decision-makers on matters concerning Sudan and South Sudan. There is need for continued civil society commitment to fight for peace, democracy, good governance and prosperity for the people of Sudan and South Sudan.”

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 Confirmed Damaged and Destroyed VILLAGES...

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Darfuri Actvisit Hawa Jango flanked by US First Lady Obama and Secretary Clinton, after her decorartion as one of ten brave women of the World, Washington, March 2012  

AUHIP - 4 Years of existence

The African Union High-Level Implementation Panel : Four Years of Existence !

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Dar es Salaam Declaration on Reenergizing the Peace Process in Darfur

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