UNHCR says intercommunal violence in Sudan’s Darfur region has displaced more than 100,000 people

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has said that the intercommunal violence in Sudan’s Darfur region has forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes. On 22 January 2021, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said that deeply disturbing information about two deadly incidents of inter-communal violence in Darfur was received over the past week, and the lack of security and chronic impunity in the region leaves it vulnerable to further serious violence. 

The statement said that incidents raise serious concerns about the imminent risk of further violence in Darfur, in an environment where decades-old ethnic and tribal tensions that were further stoked by the previous regime continue to fester. There are severe gaps in protection by State authorities, as well as a lack of accountability for violations. Local health facilities have reported being unable to cope with the high number of casualties. 

“We call on the Government of Sudan to promptly ensure the full implementation of its National Plan for the protection of civilians, and to restore public order and the rule of law in Darfur. We urge the authorities to prioritize carrying out thorough and effective investigations with a view to promptly ensuring that individual perpetrators are brought to justice – to break the cycle of armed citizens taking the law into their own hands to avenge attacks on members of their communities. Victims and their families have the right to redress.  

We urge the judicial authorities to take immediate action on the findings of a previous report into intercommunal violence that occurred between 29-31 December 2019 in El Geneina, West Darfur, as a crucial step in the fight against impunity. 

We stand ready to continue engaging constructively with the Government, including through our presence in Sudan, on the many human rights challenges the country continues to face.” 

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