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.
Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex senior reporter based in Manila. Since 2011, she has covered a wide range of development and humanitarian aid issues, from leadership and policy changes at DfID to the logistical and security impediments faced by international and local aid responders in disaster-prone and conflict-affected countries in Africa and Asia. Her interests include global health and the analysis of aid challenges and trends in sub-Saharan Africa.