SUDAN WATCH: UNAMID: Security situation in Darfur April 15, 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

UNAMID: Security situation in Darfur April 15, 2009

April 15, 2009 Daily Media Brief
Security Situation in Darfur

The security situation in Darfur has been reported to be relatively calm.

UNAMID military conducted 22 Confidence building patrols, 17 escort patrols and seven night patrol covering 44 villages/IDP Camps. UNAMID Police conducted a total of 92 patrols in and around the villages and IDPs.

Human Rights Forum

Members of the Human Rights Forum yesterday gathered in El Geneina, West Darfur, to participate in the second meeting of the Forum since it was launched last year.

It was attended by the Speaker of the West Darfur Legislative Council, the General-Prosecutor for Darfur, Government of Sudan officials, diplomatic missions in Sudan and the Head of the West Darfur State Judiciary. UNAMID Deputy Joint Special Representative for Operations and Management, Mr. Hocine Medili led the UNAMID team.

The purpose of the forum is to provide a venue for transparent and constructive dialogue on human rights issues between the GoS and UNAMID. It is also intended to form part of the ongoing efforts by UNAMID to support the GoS in the discharge of its responsibilities in the promotion and protection of human rights in Darfur. The National Human Rights Forum was established as a place where members of the International Community, the UN and the GoS can openly discuss human rights issues and actions taken by the GoS to improve the human rights situation in Darfur.

Following the meeting, the participants visited the new premises of UNAMID headquarters located about 20 kilometers north-east of town of El Geneina.

Rotation of UNAMID troops

The Nigerian Battalion stationed in South Darfur began the rotation of its troops in Darfur yesterday, with a total of 200 personnel arriving, while another 200 left the Mission for their home country. This is part of the ongoing troop rotation within the Sector which is expected to conclude on 21 April.

The South African Contingents deployed with in North Darfur has completed their tour of duty and new contingents will soon arrive to replace them. The rotation of troops will take place between 22 April and 28 April.



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