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10 stories found over the past 45 days
‘Violence must stop now,’ says UN expert as fresh fighting displaces thousands in North Darfur

05 February 2016 – Warning that, in the last two weeks, a new escalation of violence has forced tens of thousands of civilians to flee their homes in the Jebel Marra area of Darfur, a United Nations human rights expert today called for an immediate end to hostilities that have triggered new protection and humanitarian concerns in the long-restive region of Sudan.


Darfur: UN expresses grave concern over new hostilities and impact on thousands of civilians

27 January 2016 – The United Nations today expressed grave concern over the impact of the ongoing hostilities in Darfur on thousands of civilians who have been forced to flee their homes amid the conflict that began two weeks ago.


Amid military confrontation in Darfur, ‘limited’ progress on resolving conflict – UN peacekeeping chief

25 January 2016 – Against the backdrop of renewed military confrontation, the political process to resolve the conflict in Darfur through dialogue remains fragmented with limited progress, the United Nations peacekeeping chief today informed the UN Security Council.


"The moment we do not support the human rights agenda we see it rolling back in many parts of the world" – Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

18 January 2016 – In September 2002, Zeid was elected the first President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. At that time, the Court was only a plan on paper, and over the next three years he oversaw the election of the first 18 judges, mediated selection of the Court’s first president, and led efforts to name the Court’s first prosecutor – laying out a functioning institution, despite considerable budgetary pressures and criticism of the Court from several leading nations.


UN chief appoints Major General Hassen Ebrahim Mussa of Ethiopia to head peacekeeping force in Abyei

15 January 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Major General Hassen Ebrahim Mussa of Ethiopia as Force Commander of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).


Donor support helps UN agency continue Humanitarian Air Service across Sudan

13 January 2016 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed significant contributions from donors towards the operation in Sudan last year of the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), which serves as a vital aid link in the country.


African Union–UN mission calls for restraint in West Darfur as tensions rise over recent violence

12 January 2016 – The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) expressed concern over continued tension in El Geneina town and around Mouli village, 15 kilometres south of El Geneina, West Darfur, after an armed attack on Mouli village.


Chad: UN provides emergency funds for tens of thousands displaced by Boko Haram violence

08 January 2016 – With nearly 200,000 people in Chad in need of urgent aid – 50,000 of them uprooted by Boko Haram terrorists from Nigeria – the United Nations emergency fund today announced a $7 million grant, the second in five months, and called on international donors to provide much more.


African Union-UN peacekeepers ambushed in Darfur; one injured, weapons stolen

07 January 2016 – A joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping patrol was ambushed in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region today by an unidentified armed group, who greatly outnumbered it and seized a machine gun, four rifles and rounds of ammunition.


Central African Republic: ICC Prosecutor warns against election-related violence, atrocity crimes

23 December 2015 – As the Central African Republic (CAR) prepares for general elections, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said today that her Office will record any instance of violence and that anyone committing atrocity crimes will be held accountable.