On 12 October 2017, UNAMID Human Rights Section, in collaboration with the Office of the General Prosecutor for Darfur Crimes, concluded a two-day workshop on the role of transitional and criminal justice in achieving peace. The workshop was held in El Fasher, North Darfur. Some 30 participants, including prosecutors, judges, police, lawyers, civil society organizations and representatives of transitional justice mechanisms attended the event.
Zalingei, 8 October 2017 — UNAMID welcomes the US Administration’s decision to lift most economic sanctions imposed on Sudan. The decision, which ends more than two decades of economic sanctions, is hoped to contribute significantly to the betterment of the lives of the Sudanese people; including the population we serve in the Darfur region.
UNAMID’s Joint Special Representative and Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur (JSR/JCM) Jeremiah Kingsley Mamabolo welcomed the American decision saying:
El Fasher, 22 September 2017- UNAMID is deeply concerned about clashes between government forces and internally displaced persons (IDPs) residing at Kalma camp, South Darfur, which have led to the death of at least three IDPs and injuries to some 26 others.
The Mission urges all conflicting parties to exercise utmost restraint and is doing everything it can to deescalate the situation.
The African Union/United Nations Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) focuses on the protection of civilians—especially vulnerable groups such as internally displaced persons who remain unable to return to their traditional homes due to conflict. The Mission and its UN Volunteers respond to the changing peacekeeping environment by placing increased focus on stabilization activities that preserve gains achieved. This is a complex mandate that adapts to evolving circumstances in hope of making a sustainable transition towards peace in Darfur.
UNAMID Joint Special Representative (JSR), Jeremiah Mamabolo, recently concluded his first official visit to South Darfur which took place on 7-8 September.
El Fasher, 11 September 2017 — UNAMID is concerned about recent allegations of improper handover of team sites in North Darfur as part of its mandated reconfiguration.
The Mission would like to reiterate that as per the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2363, of 29 June, 2017, extending UNAMID’s mandate until 30 June 2018, its strategic priorities in Darfur remain the same—protecting civilians, facilitating access and security for humanitarian actors and working to ameliorate the root causes of communal conflict.
UNAMID’s Community Outreach Unit (COU) organized a day-long commemoration of International Youth Day on 12 August 2017, under the global theme, ‘Youth Building Peace.’ More than 3,000 young people from El Fasher and nearby localities in North Darfur took part in a marathon, a bicycle race, an exhibition and a carnival, which were followed by drama performances and traditional dances. The programme ended with a concert featuring renowned Sudanese musician Hani Abdeen, accompanied by local talent, Hassan Aish.
EL FASHER - The importance of child rights and child protection in armed conflict was the focus of UNAMID training for members of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) held on 01 August 2017, in El Fasher, North Darfur.
EL FASHER - The UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, has concluded a five-day visit to Sudan, during which time he met with Government officials, local authorities, community representatives and UNAMID peacekeepers.
High on the agenda was the recent UN Security Council Resolution 2363 and the current reconfiguration of UNAMID.
EL DAEIN - Enhancing community stabilization and peaceful coexistence amongst pastoralist and sedentary communities in border areas was the aim of a UNAMID-supported workshop in El Daein, the capital of East Darfur.
More than 70 people took part in the five-day capacity-building workshop on Cross Border Peace and Cooperation, which was organized in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and sponsored by the European Union.
EL FASHER - UNAMID’s Joint Special Representative, Jeremiah Mamabolo, met with community leaders at Abu Shouk camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in El Fasher, North Darfur this week to brief them on the planned closure of the Mission’s team site in the area.
During the 17 July visit, Mr. Mamabolo met with IDP representatives from Abu Shouk and Alsalam camps, including Omdas (tribal leaders), women and youth.
EL FASHER - The completion of a UNAMID-supported borehole at El Fasher Airport, North Darfur, will help to meet the water and sanitation needs associated with a growing number of passengers.
ZALINGEI - Evaluating the humanitarian situation was a key focus of a recent inter-Agency Humanitarian Assessment mission to Rockero, North Jebel Marra locality, Central Darfur.
The five-day mission – which also considered community needs and concerns -- included representatives from UNAMID, the UN Country Team, Government of Sudan and non-government organizations. It was jointly led by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC).
EL FASHER - Enhancing the work of the National Human Rights Commission in North Darfur was the aim of a UNAMID-supported workshop on 09 July 2017, in El Fasher.
The day-long meeting reviewed the Commission’s five year action plan, assessing its strengths and weaknesses, along with the way ahead. Key aims were to enhance civil society engagement with the Commission and to improve implementation of its mandate.
(10 July 2017; 14:00 hours; Marawi Hall, UNDP Building, Gama’a Street)
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UNAMID’s Joint Special Representative (JSR), Jeremiah Mamabolo, accompanied by Amy Martin, UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for Darfur, and Major-General Fida Hussain, Acting Force Commander, UNAMID, visited the victims of the recent fire at Korma camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs), North Darfur, on 15 June 2017. The fire occurred on 9 June and destroyed some 700 homes; five displaced persons were killed as well.
El Fasher, 1 June 2017 — On 31 May 2017, a military peacekeeper from the African Union–United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) was killed by an unidentified group in a carjacking incident in Nyala, South Darfur State.
UNAMID strongly condemns this attack, which constitutes a violation of international law.
The incident has been reported to the relevant Sudanese authorities. UNAMID calls on the Government of Sudan to swiftly apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
EL FASHER - Dispute settlement was the focus of a UNAMID-supported workshop for Sudan rural courts judges and officials that took place recently in El Fasher, North Darfur.
The three-day workshop involved more than 20 participants -- district and rural court judges, along with senior court staff -- from various localities in North Darfur. One of the key aims was to enhance the capacity of rural court judges to mediate inter-communal conflicts in their communities.
KABKABIYA – A reconciliation conference to resolve an impasse between local communities was held with UNAMID support in Kabkabiya, North Darfur on 24 May 2017.
The meeting aimed to resolve a dispute between a group of Nomads within the Sortony-Kube area and internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the Sortony gathering site that dates back to May 2016 and resulted in a number of deaths and injuries.
EL FASHER – Women journalists from across Darfur took part in a ‘Safety in Conflict Zones’ workshop in El Fasher recently, supported in part by UNAMID.
The three-day workshop involved 16 Darfur-based women journalists, along with eight female UNAMID public information staff.