Allow aid access or face 'severe sanctions' – NGOs

The United Nations Security Council during a meeting on Sudan. Nongovernmental organizations have asked the council not to back down in imposing sanctions against the country. Photo by: JC McIlwaine / UN

Eighty-nine organizations have asked the U.N. Security Council to not “back down” on imposing sanctions against Sudan if the country won’t stop attacking its people in the states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile by June 14.

The organizations made the recommendations through a letter, which include Aegis Trust and Genocide Watch as signatories. They were urging the Security Council to take the “additional measures” it set forth in Resolution 2046, which called for the government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement to allow humanitarian access to the two states.

The letter voices the organizations’ concerns over the Sudanese government’s refusal to end violence in the two states, where people have been “starving to death and dying violent deaths.” More and more people are also fleeing the areas because of continued violence, U.N.’s Sudan resident and humanitarian coordinator Ali Al-Za’tari said. He described the situation as “extremely worrying.”

On Monday (June 4), Sudan suspended several aid groups from operating in the country’s eastern region, a move seen to potentially exacerbate the humanitarian crisis in the African nation. The Security Council is set to review the resolution’s implementation by the suggested deadline.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.

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