Central Darfur displaced outline plight to UN delegation
On Wednesday at a meeting with the delegation of the UN Sanctions Committee visiting Hamidiya camp for the displaced at Zalingei, capital of Central Darfur, camp leaders demanded that the ousted president Al Bashir and all those with arrest warrants against them must be handed over to the International Criminal Court.
A delegation of the UN Sanctions Committee on Sudan, headed by Joanna Wronecka, and representatives of the permanent members of the UN Security Council visited the camp last week.
During the meeting, the leaders stressed the deterioration of the security situation in Darfur and the continuing violations of human rights such as unlawful killing, rape, burning and destruction of farms. They also highlighted the proliferation of militiamen and occupation of the land, as well as lack of food and water sanitation in the camps.
They also demanded the government to put an end to the plight of the Darfur people who suffer from the unlawful killings, rapes, and displacement, to grant access to humanitarian organisations, and to effectuate the Rule of Law in the marginalised region.
The displaced community leaders lamented the shortage of teachers, the accumulation of students, and the lack of classrooms. They went further and demanded the disbanding and disarming of all militias, the expulsion of new settlers, and compensation for the displaced individually and collectively.
They the leaders further stressed the necessity of a comprehensive peace agreement and the change of Unamid’s mandate from peacekeeping to effective protection. They also warned against what they described as using the plight of the displaced for a political gain.
Joanna Wronecka, chair of the UN Sanctions Committee, and the other members of the delegation are visiting Sudan to be updated about the political developments and the situation on the ground after the ousting of former President Omar Al Bashir.
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