jeudi 25 octobre 2007

Sudan/Chad - Mission report

Sudan/Chad : Opening of the peace negotiations for Darfur


« We want security, we want justice »

FIDH makes public the report of a fact-finding mission

Khartoum, N'djamena, Cairo, Paris, London, 25 October 2007 - «We want security, we want justice »: this was the leitmotiv of all the Sudanese refugees met by the FIDH delegation while visiting the camps in Eastern Chad, in June 2007. The report of the mission (1) which is released today makes this claim a prerequisite to the conflict settlement.

United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1769 (2007) and 1778 (2007) authorizing the deployment of international forces in Darfur, Eastern Chad and North-East of the Central African Republic, should ensure, in the near future, the protection of civilians in the region. In this regard, the international community should give the necessary means for the effective deployment of the forces and the concerned authorities have to ensure them unhindered access.

Meanwhile, in light of the upsurge of violence in the last months between Sudanese army and the rebels, and the attacks against civilian population, humanitarian workers and the staff of the African Union Mission in Sudan, FIDH calls on all warring parties to participate in the peace negotiations opening in Libya, October 27, 2007, and to secure a priori an effective cease fire.

As stated by the United Nations Secretary-General during a meeting with FIDH on October 10, « Peace and justice are indivisible ». Thus, the nomination of  Ahmad Harun as co-director of a newly created Committee on Human Rights Violations in Darfur and the release from detention of  Kushayb, for both of whom arrest warrants have been issued by the International Criminal Court, are true insults to victims in Sudan. Sudan must transfer the two suspects to the ICC and the negotiators should treat the effective cooperation of Sudanese authorities with the ICC as a matter of priority.

The report and the executive summary are available on FIDH Website :

Executive summary :
Press contact :
Gaël Grilhot/Karine Appy : + 33 1 43 55 25 18 / + 33 1 43 55 90 19 / + 33 1 43 55 14 12

(1) See the FIDH report n°482 « we want security, we want justice » published in cooperation with the Ligue tchadienne des droits de l'Homme, the Association tchadienne pour la promotion et la défense des droits de l'homme, the Sudanese Organisation Against Torture, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, the Inter-African Union for Human Rights


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