Sudan PM announces national mechanism for civilians’ protection


Khartoum, Jan 2 (IANS) Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has announced formation of the National Mechanism for Protection of Civilians.

“The formation of the national mechanism for the protection of civilians has completed,” Xinhua news agency quoted Hamdok as saying in a speecg on Friday marking the country’s 65th Independence Day.

“The mechanism includes a joint force from the regular forces and the peace parties, which will achieve security and stability for our citizens,” he noted.

Hamdok vowed to provide protection for all the civilians, saying that the establishment of the national mechanism tends to impose security in all parts of the country, stop extrajudicial killing, and prevent impunity.

The Prime Minister also announced the Council of Ministers’ ratification of the UN Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

He said the ratified conventions are to be approved by the joint meeting of the Sovereign Council and the cabinet to become effective.

The announcement of the formation of the national mechanism for the protection of civilians came days after the end of the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) mandate in Sudan.

On December 22, 2020, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution which ended UNAMID’s mandate on December 31, 2020.

However, the withdrawal of all the personnel from Sudan is set to complete by June 30, 2021, except for a team that will finalize any residual issues and complete the administrative closure of UNAMID.

The UN has decided to deploy the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan to assist the political transition in the country at a request by Hamdok.

The mission is set to assume its work this month.



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