West Darfur displaced hail Paris Declaration
The West Darfur sector of the Association of Darfur Displaced and Refugees has welcomed the Paris Declaration, signed on 8 August between the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF, an alliance of the main Sudanese rebel movements) and the National Umma Party (NUP).
The Association hailed the contents of the Paris Declaration in a statement issued after a massive meeting of displaced in El Geneina, capital of West Darfur, this week. The displaced welcomed the intention of the signatories to comprehensively resolve the armed conflicts and the various crises in the country.
The Association further demanded the release of all the political detainees and political prisoners, “led by Ibrahim El Sheikh, the head of the Sudanese Congress Party, and Dr Maryam El Mahdi, NUP deputy, who are adopting the language of peace instead of the language of arms”.
The West Darfur displaced demanded from “the political forces, and all the Sudanese, to boycott the scheduled elections”, which they described as “rigged in advance”.
In the statement, the Association said that “everything Dr Aisha Elbasri has said about Unamid covering up of crimes committed by government forces in Darfur, is correct”. The displaced demanded from the UN Security Council to establish “an international, independent and neutral committee, to investigate the corruption, and the fraudulent reporting of the AU-UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur”.
Former Unamid spokeswoman Elbasri revealed in April this year to Radio Dabanga that Unamid had misinformed the UN by withholding important details about crimes committed by government-backed militias in Darfur. She said that Unamid covered the facts that the Sudanese government failed to disarm the Janjaweed. “It reintegrated them into newly formed paramilitary forces instead, who could then continue with their attacks against civilians in the western region.”
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