Attack on civilians intensified while the interim government of Sudan is misleading the world
In the past month, despite the COVID-19 pandemic crisis that continues to ravage the country of Sudan, the violence in Darfur only grew from constant clashes and attacks on innocent civilians including vulnerable displaced persons camps.
Even in a time of global emergency, the atrocious violence continues without pause. These attacks are not isolated incidents. In fact, it’s a part of the systematic attack that continued to be perpetrated by Arab militias affiliated with Rapid Support Forces against the indigenous Darfur. To fight against the killings, rapes, and beatings that remain unresolved or ignored, we must bring attention, increase pressure, and hold the interim government of Sudan and the international community to accept their responsibility by ensuring effective civilian protection in Darfur. The authorities must be held accountable for their promises to bring justice and end violence.
As advocates of justice for the victims in Darfur, the Darfur Women Action Group urges the international community and global governments to bring justice for the Sudanese community and to listen and amplify the voices of protestors on the ground. Protect Darfur civilians from attacks and the ongoing gross human rights violations and advocate for a civilian government in Sudan. By demanding accountability, the people of Darfur and Sudan may one day have lasting peace.
While negotiating the deployment of UN forces, Prime Minister Hamdok refused a chapter seven mandate and presented a plan to provide civilians protection in Darfur, though in reality nothing has been materialized on the ground.
The member states of the United Nations Security Council including the United States must hold the interim government of Sudan accountable.
Without safety and security in Darfur, South Kordofan, and proper accountability, there will not be peace, stability, or transformation in Sudan.
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