Khartoum - The United Nations Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan, Aristide Nononsi on Friday called for an immediate
end to hostilities in Darfur saying that tens of thousands of civilians have been forced to flee their homes in the Jebel Marrah.
In press statement Friday, Nononsi urged all parties to the conflict to respect international human rights and international humanitarian law ensure humanitarian access to the needy population and protect unarmed civilians, saying that violence is not the way to resolve the current problems in Sudan.
“The Government of Sudan has a duty to facilitate free, full and unhindered access to all conflict-affected areas to UNAMID (UN-African Union Mission in Darfur), UN agencies and other humanitarian organizations,” he noted.
In a statement released on 17 January, UNAMID said it is working with the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) partners to arrive at contingency measures for responding to protection and humanitarian consequences on the civilian population in the area.
"UNAMID emphasizes, once again, the importance of the need to arrive at a peaceful resolution of the situation and stands ready to assist in such efforts," said the statement.
Sudan’s Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) earlier said around 5,000 persons had fled the attacks on Mouli and surrounding villages in west Darfur.
These civilians have mostly fled to Geneina, while the number of civilians who sought refuge in Chad remains unknown.
Nononsi further called on the Sudanese government “to create the conditions for an inclusive dialogue and ensure the participation of all armed opposition groups to advance peace and reconciliation in the country”.