The Darfur Consortium

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Arabic Version

African civil society calls on UN Security Council to ensure protection and justice for Darfur

(NEW YORK, March 11, 2005) The Darfur Consortium, an umbrella group of primarily Africa-based civil society organizations, today called on the UN Security Council to take decisive action to address the ongoing humanitarian and human rights crisis in Darfur.

The Darfur Consortium brings together African civil society committed to working together towards finding a lasting, peaceful and just resolution to the current crisis in Darfur. Members of the Darfur Consortium recently traveled to Darfur and eastern Chad to assess the situation firsthand and to meet with representatives of Darfurian and Sudanese civil society. The Darfur Consortium also held an African civil society consultation in Kampala to discuss a platform for action.

The Darfur Consortium has identified two paramount concerns raised by the victims of the Darfur crisis: ensuring protection and security for civilians in Darfur and taking immediate international action to bring those responsible for atrocities in Darfur to justice. These two imperatives are equally critical for achieving sustainable peace.

In a series of letters to diplomatic missions in New York, the Darfur Consortium called on the Security Council to pass a resolution which:

* provides the necessary authorization and financial and logistical resources to the AU mission on the ground to develop a clear mission mandate and strong presence in Darfur which will allow adequate protection of civilians and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid;
* refers the situation in Darfur to the International Criminal Court (ICC) without further delay, as recommended by the International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur;
* imposes a precisely targeted scheme of sanctions (economic, travel, appropriate extension of the arms embargo) against the Government of Sudan and specific individuals who are responsible for the commission of serious international crimes in Darfur.

Emphasizing that all three elements were essential to an effective response to the crisis in Darfur, the Darfur Consortium declared that “previous Security Council resolutions have failed to halt the violence and robust action is needed now in order to prevent further loss of life. The people of Darfur deserve no less.”

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Action Professionals Association for the People

Aegis Trust Rwanda

African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies

African Center for Development

African Center for Justice and Peace Studies

Africa Internally Displaced Persons Voice (Africa IDP Voice)

African Security Dialogue and Research (ASDR)

African Women's Development and Communications Network (FEMNET)

The Ahueni Foundation

Alliances for Africa

Amman Centre for Human Rights Studies

Andalus Institute for Tolerance

Anti-Slavery International

Arab Coalition for Darfur

Arab Program for Human Rights Activists

Association Africaine de Defense des Droits de l'Homme (ASADHO)

Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies

Centre for Minority Rights Development (CEMIRIDE)

Centre for Research Education and Development of Freedom of Expression and Associated Rights (CREDO)

Citizens for Global Solutions

Conscience International

Conseil National Pour les Libertés en Tunisie

Darfur Alert Coalition (DAC)

Darfur Centre for Human Rights and Development

Darfur Leaders Network (DLN)

Darfur Reconciliation and Development Organization (DRDO)

Darfur Relief and Documentation Centre

East Africa Law Society

Egyptian Organization for Human Rights

Femmes Africa Solidarité

La Fédération Internationale des Droits de l'Homme (FIDH)

Forum of African Affairs (FOAA)

Human Rights First

Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA)

Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa

Institute for Security Studies

Inter-African Union for Human Rights (UIDH)

Interights

International Commission of Jurists (ICJ Kenya)

International Refugee Rights Initiative

Justice Africa

Justice and Peace Commission

Lawyers for Human Rights

Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections

Legal Resources Consortium-Nigeria

Ligue Tunisienne des Droits de l'Homme

Makumira University College, Tumaini University

Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)

Minority Rights Group

National Association of Seadogs

Never Again International

Open Society Justice Initiative

Pan-African Movement

Rencontre Africaine Pour la Defense des Droits de l'Homme (RADDHO)

Sierra Leone STAND Chapter

Sisters' Arabic Forum for Human Rights (SAF)

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP)

Sudan Organization Against Torture (SOAT)

Syrian Organization for Human Rights

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)

Universal Human Rights Network

WARIPNET

Women Initiative Nigeria (WIN)

 
 
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