IRRI urges “Now is not the time to walk away: UNSC needs to renew and strengthen UNAMID”

(23 June 2016) With the UNAMID mandate renewal under discussion at the UN Security Council, a new report released today by the International Refugee Rights Initiative provides an analysis of the joint United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) as seen by some of the civilians the force is mandated to protect.

The report, “‘No one on the earth cares if we survive except God and sometimesUNAMID’: The challenges of peacekeeping in Darfur, is the second of a three-part study on civilian perspectives on peacekeeping forces in Africa. The findings make it clear that when the UN security Council considers the upcoming renewal of the peacekeeping mandate of UNAMID in late June, not only is this not the time for the international community to walk away, it is, in fact, time for UNAMID to step up. 

Human Rights Update: May 2016

Children again the unacceptable victims of the conflict

Attacks against civiliand in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile (also known as the “Two Areas”) continued in May, albeit at a reduced rate compared to incidents reported during the previous two months. Our monitors recorded a total of 29 incidents in the Two Areas with the majority of them (20 out of the 29) taking place in Southern Kordofan’s Heiban County resulting in the deaths of six children from a single incident.