The UN must ensure that UNAMID has the focus, resources, capacity, and will to deliver and report on its core mandate to protect civilians in Darfur.
The United Nations has announced that it will send a team to investigate allegations that the United Nation African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) covered up crimes committed against both civilians and peacekeepers by Sudanese government and affiliated militia (including the resurgent Janjaweed militia).
The news comes close to this month’s United Nations Security Council (UNSC) renewal process of the UNAMID’s mandate, presenting an opportunity for pressure to be applied towards meaningful reform to the mission in Darfur.
United to End Genocide, with several partner organizations, has called on the UNSC to use this month’s UNAMID mandate renewal process to “ensure that the mission has the focus, resources, capacity, and will to deliver and report on its core mandate to protect civilians.”
The letter to the UNSC specifically calls for reforms that:
In implementing these reforms, the UNSC can send a clear signal to UNAMID, the Government of Sudan, and the people of Darfur, that the international community will not standby as violence, displacement, and political deadlock continues in Darfur.
Read the full letter:
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