Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


UN threatens Sudan government, rebels

13 February 2015, 07:05

New York - The UN Security Council threatened new sanctions on Thursday against Sudanese government officials and armed groups that attack civilians in Darfur, target peacekeepers and impede efforts to end the 12-year conflict in Sudan's vast western region.

The council made the threats in a resolution adopted unanimously that extends the mandate of the panel of experts monitoring the implementation of sanctions in Darfur until 12 March 2016. Members said they intend to review the panel's mandate and take action on further extensions by 12 Feb of next year.

Darfur has been torn by conflict since 2003 when rebels took up arms against the government in Khartoum, accusing it of discrimination and neglect. The United Nations says 300 000 people have died in the conflict and 2.7 million have fled their homes.

Several rebel groups have signed peace deals with the government, but Darfur's two main rebel factions, the Justice and Equality Movement and the Sudan Liberation Movement, have not.

The resolution stressed that "the Darfur conflict cannot be resolved militarily and a durable solution can only be obtained through an inclusive political process."

Also read: UN applauds Nigeria for maturity over poll shift

The Security Council expressed deep concern at increased violence and insecurity in recent months and demanded that all parties halt military action, including aerial bombardments. It also demanded an immediate end to all acts of sexual violence against civilians, recruitment of child soldiers, and indiscriminate attacks on civilians, and urged the government to say what measures it has put in place to protect civilians in Darfur.

The resolution deplored Sudan's continuing violation of a requirement that it get prior authorization from the council's sanctions committee for all movements of weapons and ammunition into Darfur.

US Ambassador Samantha Power accused Sudan of refusing to allow the UN to investigate a mass rape in the North Darfur village of Tabit last year. Human Rights Watch said in a report on Wednesday that Sudanese army troops raped at least 221 women and girls in Tabit in a series of organized, house-to-house attacks.

"The horror of Tabit is just one horror, one attack of too many to count," said Power, who also accused the government of "obstruction, harassment and direct attacks that have impeded efforts to deliver humanitarian aid in Darfur.

Sudan's charge d'affaires Hassan Hamid Hassan rejected Power's accusations and called the Human Rights Watch report "fabricated."

- AP


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...