Call for an independent international investigation into the use of chemical weapons and other serious violations of international humanitarian law in Darfur

The undersigned organisations wish to kindly draw your attention to the allegations of the use, by the government of Sudan, of chemical weapons against civilians in the Jebel Marra area of Darfur, Sudan. Noting the restrictions on access to the Jebel Marra area and much of Darfur imposed by the Sudanese government, we urge you to call for the Government of Sudan to grant immediate access to the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), human rights and humanitarian organisations and journalists to verify these allegations and deliver humanitarian assistance.

Call for an independent international investigation into the use of chemical weapons and other serious violations of international humanitarian law in Darfur

The undersigned organisations wish to kindly draw your attention to the allegations of the use, by the government of Sudan, of chemical weapons against civilians in the Jebel Marra area of Darfur, Sudan. Noting the restrictions on access to the Jebel Marra area and much of Darfur imposed by the Sudanese government, we urge you to call for the Government of Sudan to grant immediate access to the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), human rights and humanitarian organisations and journalists to verify these allegations and deliver humanitarian assistance.

Attacks on civilians in Southern Kordofan, Sudan 2011-2016

The conflict in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan (SK) state between the government and Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N), which started in June 2011, continues to have a devastating impact on the lives of civilians. Civilians have been killed, injured and displaced on a massive scale.

Background
Under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed in 2005, SK, along with the state of Blue Nile (BN) and the area of Abyei, were given special consideration. The CPA brought to an end the North-South civil war, and was intended to offer a broader framework for peaceful coexistence in Sudan. Unlike the South, these areas were not given referenda on independence. Instead, the status of SK and BN was to be decided through popular consultations and Abyei was to get its own referendum on whether to join the North or the South. However, Abyei never got its referendum and the popular consultation process in SK and BN was undermined. Political will to address the needs of these areas deteriorated and, combined with other unresolved issues in the CPA, tensions escalated in SK to the point that conflict broke out in June 2011.