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14 Jul 2010 description


Renewing the PledgeThe clock is ticking fast towards what might be the most important date in modern sudanese history - two referenda in Sudan that are likely to result in the breakup of Africa's largest state. With six months remaining until 9 January 2011, the scheduled date of the referenda, the run-up to, and outcome of, the vote must be managed with extreme care.

04 Mar 2009 description

(The Hague, March 4, 2009) Today's decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to issue an arrest warrant for Sudanese president General Omar al-Bashir is a major step towards combating impunity associated with the horrific crimes in Darfur, said the Justice for Darfur campaign. President al-Bashir is wanted by the court for crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Justice for Darfur calls on the international community to press Sudanese authorities to comply with their obligations to execute the warrant.

25 Apr 2008 description

Sudan Should Arrest War Crimes Suspects Now

(The Hague, April 25, 2008) - One year after the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued arrest warrants for two war crimes suspects in Darfur, human rights organizations around the world are launching a "Justice for Darfur" campaign, calling for the two to be arrested.The organizations behind the campaign, including Amnesty International, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Coalition for the International Criminal Court, Human Rights First, Human Rights Watch, and Sudan Organization Against Torture, have joined forces to …

19 Dec 2007 description

The Road to Security in Darfur Blocked by Government Obstructions


When the United Nations Security Council authorised a new "hybrid" United Nations/African Union peacekeeping operation (UNAMID) in July 2007, it was hoped that Darfur's struggling AU peacekeepers would be rapidly reinforced by UN troops with the capacity to effectively protect civilians in Darfur. Five months later, on the brink of transfer of authority to UNAMID, little if any additional capacity has been deployed or is on the horizon.

13 Nov 2006 description
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The first ten months of 2006 has seen a significant deterioration in the conditions faced by the many Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working to bring relief to the civilian population devastated by the Darfur conflict and to expose violations of human rights.

30 Oct 2006 description
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Human Rights First condemns the Sudanese government's expulsion of Jan Pronk, the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in Sudan. Mr. Pronk was given 72 hours to leave Sudan after commenting in his blog about setbacks suffered by the Sudanese military during its current campaign in Darfur.

Violence in Darfur has increased dramatically in the last few weeks, and the Sudanese government's latest action is an apparent attempt to divert attention from the escalating violence there and to silence an important witness.

06 Oct 2006 description
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Human Rights First continues to believe that the appointment of a high level U.N. special envoy to Darfur by Secretary-General Kofi Annan is urgently needed. While we commend the work of Jan Pronk, the U.N. envoy to Sudan, much of his focus remains on implementation of the CPA (the north-south peace agreement). Human Rights First believes that a high-level U.N. envoy focusing solely on Darfur is needed to coordinate the international response to the Darfur crisis. This Senior Envoy would work at the U.N as a counterpart to Andrew Natsios, the U.S.

27 Sep 2006 description
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In his address to the General Assembly on Tuesday, September 19, 2006, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan pointedly reminded the assembled heads of state of their endorsement, one year ago, of the principle of the Responsibility to Protect:

"[T]his Assembly, meeting a year ago at the highest level, has solemnly proclaimed the responsibility – of each individual State in the first instance, but ultimately of the whole international community, acting through the United Nations – to "protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity".

19 Sep 2006 description
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New York, NY - "Human Rights First welcomes President Bush's attention to Darfur in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly earlier today," said Maureen Byrnes, Executive Director of Human Rights First.

31 Aug 2006 description
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New York, NY - Human Rights First today expressed dismay that international efforts on Darfur, in particular the draft Security Council resolution sponsored by the United States and Britain, fall far short of what is needed.

"There is a real danger that a Security Council resolution authorizing a U.N. force to protect civilians in Darfur will be an empty promise," said Maureen Byrnes, Executive Director of Human Rights First.

16 Aug 2006 description
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Hope for Peace in Darfur Lies in the Darfur-Darfur Dialogue and Consultation

"The Darfur Peace Agreement must be seen as just a framework for peace. The real peace plan can only come from the Darfur-Darfur Dialogue and Consultation," said Sudanese Activist Dr. Mudawi Ibrahim Adam.

The Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) was signed in May by the government of Sudan and one rebel faction.

13 Jul 2006 description
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Despite a UN-sponsored "moratorium on restrictions" on humanitarian activity promised by the Sudanese government in July 2004, persecution by Sudanese government bodies has continued unabated. In addition to arbitrary arrests and detentions by Sudanese National Security offices, the Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC), which oversees the activities of NGOs, has consistently obstructed the work of these organizations.

16 Jun 2006 description
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NEW YORK - When the Darfur Peace Agreement was signed on May 5, 2006, it set out a series of milestones and deadlines to guarantee implementation of the ceasefire and establish peace. Today marks the fourth in a series of deadlines that have not been met.

According to the agreement, which was signed by the Government of Sudan and one of three main rebel factions, there were two bodies to be set up within 30 days of the agreement's effective date, which was set by the African Union as May 15, 2006.

08 Jun 2006 description
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Human Rights First is increasingly concerned about the United Nations' current approach to the Darfur crisis. While various U.N. agencies are deeply involved in Darfur, the response remains piecemeal. For this reason, we are urging the United Nations to adopt a more comprehensive approach to the humanitarian, human rights, security, and political emergency in Darfur.

Human Rights First welcomed the signing of the Darfur Peace Agreement on May 5, 2006. It reflected many months of hard work by African Union Chief Mediator Salim Salim, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and others.

27 Apr 2006 description
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HRF believes that an effective response to the crisis in Darfur requires a three-pronged approach: a political and diplomatic process to secure a peace agreement; forces to protect the civilian population; and humanitarian assistance. With increasing international and U.S. attention to the need for forces and humanitarian assistance, Human Rights First is deeply concerned that not enough attention is being paid to the need for an enhanced political and diplomatic peace process. Efforts to secure a peace settlement in Darfur must go beyond the African Union-mediated talks in Abuja, Nigeria.

17 Mar 2006 description
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The Sudan Social Development Organization (SUDO), a human rights and development organization based in Khartoum, has been ordered to suspend its activities in West Darfur. SUDO received letters on March 12, 2006 from the Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC), the Sudanese government agency which oversees all humanitarian organizations in Sudan, ordering the organization to suspend its activities in the region immediately.

08 Mar 2006 description
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There is an urgent need for greater action by the United Nations and its members, including the United States, to bring an end to the human rights crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan. Human Rights First is urging United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to appoint a prominent envoy to reenergize the diplomatic process. The appointment of a high-level envoy will be a visible symbol of renewed and heightened political and diplomatic will to resolve the Darfur crisis.

21 Jan 2006 description
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(KHARTOUM January 21, 2006): "The Darfur peace process will be jeopardized if African leaders elect a President for the African Union (AU) who is a party to the conflict," Alioune Tine, Secretary General of the Senegalese non-governmental organization (NGO) RADDHO and member of the Darfur Consortium, a coalition of over forty African based NGOs, said today in Khartoum as the AU summit got underway. "It creates a clear conflict of interest."

Speaking today in Khartoum Mr.

21 Apr 2005 description
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NEW YORK - The U.N. Commission on Human Rights undercut international pressure to end impunity in Darfur by adopting a weak resolution on the human rights situation in Sudan, said Human Rights First. The resolution is disturbingly silent regarding the responsibility of the Sudanese government for grave crimes in Darfur and the government's inability or unwillingness to hold accountable individual perpetrators of such crimes.