Don't Abandon the People of Darfur and Renew UNAMID's Mandate
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Since 2003, government sponsored militias in Darfur have been waging a widespread campaign of ethnic cleansing against Darfur’s non-Arab population, utilizing arbitrary arrests, summary executions and rape as weapons of war. It took over 250,000 deaths to convince the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in 2007 to authorize the deployment of the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). Reports of atrocities ceases to abate, illustrated by the October 2014 mass rape of approximately 200 women and girls by government soldiers in the town of Tabit in less than 36 hours. With the death toll now well over 300,000, the Sudanese government insists that the peacekeeping mission’s mandate, due for renewal on the 30th of June 2015, be scrapped entirely. Please sign our petition to demand the UN Security Council to extend UNAMID’s mandate and not leave Darfur’s people at the mercy of government sanctioned death and rape squads!
In addition to the prospect of UNAMID’s abrogation, Darfuri civilians continue to lack adequate protection due to the peacekeeping mission’s troubling history of partiality towards Khartoum and its sponsors, illustrated by various cover-ups of heinous crimes against humanity and its reticence to go after armed groups operating in Darfur. On top of restrictions dictated by Khartoum, the lack of proper oversight and accountability has prevented UNAMID from thoroughly executing its stated mandate, leaving Darfuris to suffer the genocidal policies of the Sudanese government to this day.
We must speak up and demand action. If world leaders are failing in their responsibility to end genocide, it is essential that we, the global citizenry, speak up and remind our policymakers that turning a blind eye in the face of ethnic cleansing renders the international community complicit in such acts of barbarity. Please sign our petition to demand an immediate renewal of the peacekeeping mission’s mandate. Demand that the UN investigate UNAMID’s record of irregularities and provide a thorough oversight mechanism that keeps the peacekeepers accountable to the world and to the people of Darfur.
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