Darfur

News in Brief 15 January 2020

  • Peace agreement remains only path for peace in Mali: Lacroix 
  • UNICEF opens African ‘drone academy’ to aid youth  
  • Darfur: Resort to violence, a ‘lose-lose’ option says UN mission chief
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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Syria, polio, DR Congo, Sudan updates, and, the art of stealing

Tuesday’s top stories include: A “daily nightmare” in Syria’s Idlib; polio remains an international health emergency; Guterres extends condolences as Australia bushfires continue; measles in DR Congo; clashes in Darfur displace thousands; and a celebration of stolen art.

Sudan: Intercommunal clashes displace tens of thousands in volatile Darfur region

Around 40,000 have been displaced in Sudan’s West Darfur state in recent days, following intercommunal clashes, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Tuesday, citing Sudanese Government data.

News in Brief 7 January 2020

  • Humanitarian situation worsening in Syria's Idlib
  • UN chief concerned over latest Venezuela standoff
  • West Darfur clashes in Sudan displace 40,000
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Sudan: UN mission envoy commends signing of Darfur framework agreement

The joint chief mediator for the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur, UNAMID, welcomed on Monday a framework agreement between the Transitional Government of Sudan and the Darfur armed movements that was signed during peace talks in Juba, South Sudan, on Saturday.

‘Deliver justice’ for atrocity crimes in Darfur, top court prosecutor tells Security Council

“Concrete steps” must be taken towards ending impunity for atrocity crimes in Darfur, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) told the Security Council on Wednesday, during her briefing on Sudan.

Ongoing insecurity in Darfur, despite ‘remarkable developments’ in Sudan: UN peacekeeping chief

Despite major political developments at a national level, which have led to the establishment of a civilian-led government, the security situation in the Darfur region of Sudan remains unstable, UN peace chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix briefed the Security Council on Thursday.

Sudan: New political transition, bolstered by peacebuilding, could bring long-term stability to Darfur, Security Council told

“Important developments” under way in Sudan since midsummer, including a pledge to end the country’s outstanding conflicts, and the establishment of a new transitional government, could serve to edge the country’s people closer to stability, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix said, briefing the UN Security Council on Monday.  

‘Wanton destruction’ in Sudan’s Darfur region, ‘blatant violation’ of international law

The looting and destruction of UN food relief agency premises and property in Sudan, has prompted the UN-African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and UN Country Team, to condemn the assault as a “blatant violation of international humanitarian law”.

‘Now is the time to act’ for victims of violence in Sudan, ICC Prosecutor urges Security Council

The UN Security Council must “seize this moment” presented by the current turmoil in Sudan, to provide justice at long last for the victims of violence in Darfur, and those who have suffered at the hands of the brutal military crackdown earlier this month.