The UN Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in the Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, today concluded his second visit to Sudan as Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the country.
From his observations during his visit from 14 to 28 April 2016, he notes progress since his first visit in May 2015, but also expresses concerns regarding press freedom, the security situation, and a number of human rights issues in Sudan.
Aristide Nononsi's complete statement:
Displaced people from East Jebel Marra continue to arrive in camps in South Darfur. More than 1,200 people fled to the state over the past two months.
The 1,280 displaced arrived in camps in Mershing locality, the camp coordinator in Mershing said. The first people arrived late February, and the last group of people arrived on Friday. The majority of the 236 displaced families are women, children, and elderly people.
Some 350 families totalling 1,400 people have arrived Otash camp in the South Darfur capital of Nyala from eastern Jebel Marra and North Darfur over the past two weeks.
One of the sheikhs of the camp told Radio Dabanga that the families arrived from areas of Sabon El Fahur, Fanaga, Keira, Fiena, eastern Jebel Marra, and Sheena area of Kabkabiya locality in North Darfur.
The Sheikh appealed to authorities and humanitarian organisations to speed up provision of assistance to newly displaced people, most of whom are women, children and the elderly.
The ruling party in Sudan has predicted a large voter turnout for the Darfur referendum. People in Darfur, however, have witnessed few voters at the ballot boxes on the second day of the referendum.
More than 3.5 million people registered to vote, the Darfur Referendum Commission earlier announced. The chairman of the commission reported that more than 900,000 people went out to vote on the first day of the referendum, which runs until Wednesday.
April 11 - 2016 BINDISI
The death toll in the clash between police and militiamen in Bindisi locality, Central Darfur, rose to eight dead, including one child on Saturday. 15 were wounded, including the deputy commissioner and two members of a reconciliation committee.
The fighting between the police and militiamen erupted in the police station on Thursday and continued until Saturday, and led to the closure of Bindisi market. Many residents stayed in their homes out of fear, causing empty streets until Sunday.