A mapping conducted by the UN-AU peacekeeping mission in Darfur (Unamid) indicates that out of 65 administrative localities, only 19 have formal courts. There are police stations in 29 localities.
In his report to the UN Security Council, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon states that the lack of police forces ‘seriously undermines the ability of Darfur’s rule of law institutions to contribute to combating criminality and impunity”.
Prosecutors deployed to various localities across Darfur have been trained by Unamid. “Lack of office space, equipment, and accommodation remains an issue impacting the effective discharge of their duties”, the secretary-general stated.
Three new courts were recently inaugurated in Nyala, capital of South Darfur, as well as a new judiciary headquarters in the North Darfur capital of El Fasher.