Statement Attributed to Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence in Jebel Moon and Khartoum
Over the past week, the United Nations have received reports of violent incidents in and around Jebel Moon in West Darfur. This has included the burning of villages and the unfortunate death of tens of Sudanese, representing another alarming sign of the increasing instability in Sudan. The SRSG is deeply concerned about the situation and calls on Sudanese authorities to work actively to restore stability in the region and urges all parties to act with restraint in order to prevent further violence.
These events in Darfur are taking place while violence in Khartoum continues, including the deaths of two protestors during last Thursday's demonstration, and ongoing excessive force against protestors. Violence must stop all over Sudan, and those responsible must be held accountable. SRSG Volker Perthes calls on all parties to work towards the implementation of the National Plan on Civilian Protection which the UN supports, and to seek a common path towards the respect for human rights, long-lasting peace, democracy, and stability in Sudan. The SRSG sends his sincere condolences to the families of the victims.