Posted by: africanpressorganization | 14 April 2009

Sudan / Darfur Human Rights Forum



Sudan / Darfur Human Rights Forum


EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, April 14, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the offices of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general and the spokesperson for the General Assembly president


On Sudan, the second regular meeting of the Darfur Human Rights Forum will be held tomorrow in West Darfur’s state capital, El Geneina.  This one-day forum will bring together officials from the Government of Sudan at the local and national level; members of the Advisory Council on Human Rights, which also represents the Government; members of the diplomatic community; the African Union; and human rights officials from the two UN peacekeeping missions, UNAMID [African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur] and UNMIS [United Nations Mission in the Sudan].  It will also include participants from the Darfur State Committees on Combating Violence against Women and Children.


The purpose of the Forum is to promote transparent and constructive dialogue on human rights issues between the Government of Sudan and UNAMID.  It will also form part of the ongoing efforts by UNAMID to support the Government in the discharge of its responsibilities in the promotion and protection of human rights.


During the past 72 hours, UNAMID reports that the security situation in Darfur is relatively calm; however, carjacking incidents and banditry activities continue to occur in most parts of North and West Darfur.


SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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