(New York, December 19, 2007) Several members of the Darfur Consortium were today among 35 NGOs who issued a joint report detailing how the government of Sudan has been obstructing deployment of the joint AU-UN hybrid force in Darfur (UNAMID). The report points out that UNAMID is being set up to fail and calls on the international community, and in particular the Security Council, to take stronger action to ensure that UNAMID is able to deploy effectively.
Ahead of the meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva December 13 and 14, the Darfur Consortium addressed members of the African Group calling on them to extend the mandate of the Working Group on Darfur and the Special Rapporteur on Sudan. The consideration of the final report of the Working Group, which had concluded that there was much more work to be done in regards to Darfur. Unfortunately, the Council ultimately decided not to renew the mandate of the Working Group, although it did extend the mandate of the Special Rapporteur
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