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Attempts to Forcibly Return Displaced in Sudan

Reported Attempts to Forcibly Return Displaced Deeply Concerns UN in Sudan

New York, May 18 2005 4:00PM

The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) today expressed "deep concern" following reports, still being investigated, that Sudanese police and security forces surrounded a squatter encampment outside the capital, Khartoum, in an attempt to prevent displaced persons from leaving the area, with the intent of relocating them.

The Mission said that the process by which demolitions, relocations and plot allocations are being carried out constitute human rights violations, including forced return.

Every attempt must be made to stop demolitions and relocations until suitable alternative arrangements are made, the Mission said, stressing that in all instances, forced relocation must end in the interests of protecting rights and livelihoods and preventing the loss of life.

Meanwhile on the political front, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno and Jan Pronk, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Sudan, were in the Nuba Mountains today, where they were scheduled to meet with the Commander of the Joint Military Commission (JMC).


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