Zalingei IDP camps provide list of demands to new state governor

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Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Zalingei camps have provided a list of demands to give to the governor of the newly formed Central Darfur state, Yusef Tibbin.

The camp coordinator for all Zalingei camps, speaking from Hamidiya camp laid out the demands to Radio Dabanga; firstly, camp residents expect the provision of real security to the camps and a disarmament of all miltias in the area.

All those involved in crimes against humanity and genocide in Darfur must be tried at the International Criminal Court, and not at the special court for crimes in Darfur set up by the government last month.

The new governor must grant residents their freedoms, particularly freedom of expression.

He must also allow international organizations that were expelled from the state back into the area to provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance to both IDPs and citizens.

Zalingei IDPs call for all those citizens arrested and detained by the security services to be released.

They also asked for the governor to provide free medical treatment to IDPs and schooling services for their children.

The coordinator said in spite of dissatisfaction amongst IDPs at the new division of states and the feeling at the camps that Tibbin has been imposed upon them, the IDPs call on the governor not to treat them as rebels.

He said citizens and IDPs have a right to express themselves freely without being branded rebels.