Following the expulsion and suspension of international and national humanitarian and human rights organizations in Darfur and Sudan one month ago, the Darfur Consortium released a briefing note to the African Union.
Consortium members are extremely concerned about the adverse effects the suspension of assistance has on the protection of civilians, the humanitarian situation in Darfur, the protection of human rights in Sudan and the indigenous Sudanese human rights movement in general.
The note calls for the AU to urge the government of Sudan to reconsider its decision to expel foreign aid groups and to facilitate humanitarian efforts, including by appointing a humanitarian envoy. The note also urges the AU to take on the situation of human rights defenders by calling on the government of Sudan to honor its commitments under international law on this issue, and to call on both the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, its Special Rapporteur for Human Rights Defenders and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Human Rights Defenders to monitor and report on the issue. In addition, it urges fuller support for UNAMID.