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World Social Forum NGOs call for action on Darfur

The following petition gathered more than 500 signatories at the World Social Forum this week in Nairobi:

We, activists, civil society organizations, and other progressives gathered in Nairobi for the 7th World Social Forum, express our deep concern about the ongoing crisis in Darfur. Since the beginning of full blown hostilities in early 2003, the crisis has wreaked unimaginable damage. More than 400,000 civilians have died, more than 3.6 million are “war affected,” dependent on international assistance, more than 3 million have been displaced (the vast majority have remained in Sudan, while others have fled to neighbouring Chad and further abroad.

To the Government of Sudan:

We recall that the Government of Sudan bears primary responsibility for the protection of its population. We therefore call on the Government of Sudan to take urgent step to protect the people of Darfur by:

* Halting the military scale up in Darfur and disarming the janjaweed militias responsible for a large part of the violence;
* Urgently agreeing and implementing a timetable of deployment of a hybrid protection force with the United Nations and the African Union;
* Ensuring adequate access to Darfur by humanitarian personnel and the media;
* Reopening meaningful political negotiations with all parties, including the non-signatories to the Darfur Peace Agreement;

To the African Union and the international community:

African States have been willing to take the lead in responding to the Darfur crisis, but it must do even more. At the same time, the United Nations and its member nations must do more to ensure that the efforts of the AU are appropriately supported. To this end States should:

* Demand that the government of Sudan complies with its obligations to protect its population and decisions of the UN Security Council and undertake to ensure that there will be consequences in the event of non compliance;
* Immediately arrange for deployment of peacekeepers to Chad where over a half a million displaced Darfurians and Chadians are desperately in need of security;
* Prepare to send more African and international troops to Darfur;
* Do its utmost to facilitate revitalized and inclusive peace negotiations;
* Ensure that the Government of Sudan does not ascend to the Presidency of the African Union thus compromising the neutrality and independence of the AU as it struggles to fulfil its mission on the ground.


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Action Professionals Association for the People

Aegis Trust Rwanda

African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies

African Center for Development

African Center for Justice and Peace Studies

Africa Internally Displaced Persons Voice (Africa IDP Voice)

African Security Dialogue and Research (ASDR)

African Women's Development and Communications Network (FEMNET)

The Ahueni Foundation

Alliances for Africa

Amman Centre for Human Rights Studies

Andalus Institute for Tolerance

Anti-Slavery International

Arab Coalition for Darfur

Arab Program for Human Rights Activists

Association Africaine de Defense des Droits de l'Homme (ASADHO)

Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies

Centre for Minority Rights Development (CEMIRIDE)

Centre for Research Education and Development of Freedom of Expression and Associated Rights (CREDO)

Citizens for Global Solutions

Conscience International

Conseil National Pour les Libertés en Tunisie

Darfur Alert Coalition (DAC)

Darfur Centre for Human Rights and Development

Darfur Leaders Network (DLN)

Darfur Reconciliation and Development Organization (DRDO)

Darfur Relief and Documentation Centre

East Africa Law Society

Egyptian Organization for Human Rights

Femmes Africa Solidarité

La Fédération Internationale des Droits de l'Homme (FIDH)

Forum of African Affairs (FOAA)

Human Rights First

Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA)

Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa

Institute for Security Studies

Inter-African Union for Human Rights (UIDH)


International Commission of Jurists (ICJ Kenya)

International Refugee Rights Initiative

Justice Africa

Justice and Peace Commission

Lawyers for Human Rights

Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections

Legal Resources Consortium-Nigeria

Ligue Tunisienne des Droits de l'Homme

Makumira University College, Tumaini University

Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)

Minority Rights Group

National Association of Seadogs

Never Again International

Open Society Justice Initiative

Pan-African Movement

Rencontre Africaine Pour la Defense des Droits de l'Homme (RADDHO)

Sierra Leone STAND Chapter

Sisters' Arabic Forum for Human Rights (SAF)

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP)

Sudan Organization Against Torture (SOAT)

Syrian Organization for Human Rights

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)

Universal Human Rights Network


Women Initiative Nigeria (WIN)

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