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Sudan: UN expert to assess situation of internally displaced persons and affected communities

GENEVA (12 November 2012) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Chaloka Beyani will visit Sudan, at the invitation of the Government, from 14 to 22 November 2012 to examine the overall situation of internally displaced persons in the country, and gather first-hand information from displaced persons and affected communities.

“I will consider the situation of internally displaced persons, including in Darfur, with a view to assessing the current humanitarian, protection and durable solutions needs, and providing relevant recommendations,” said the independent expert designated by the UN Human Rights Council to examine and report on the human rights situation of internally displaced persons around the world.

Mr. Beyani will also discuss with relevant stakeholders the ratification of the African Union Convention on Internally Displaced Persons in Africa, (known as the Kampala Convention) and the development of national policies and legislation to address internal displacement in the country.

During his nine-day visit to Sudan, the Special Rapporteur will meet with Government representatives, members of civil society, UN officials and other parties. He will also visit various sites of displacement and return, and meet with displaced persons, local authorities and affected communities.

The independent expert will present preliminary observations at a press conference in Khartoum on 22 November 2012. His full report will be presented to the Human Rights Council in June 2013.

Chaloka Beyani, a Zambian national and professor of international law at the London School of Economics, was appointed as Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons by the Human Rights Council in September 2010. Learn more about the mandate and work of the Special Rapporteur, visit: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/IDPersons/Pages/IDPersonsIndex.aspx

OHCHR Country Page – Sudan: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/countries/AfricaRegion/Pages/SDIndex.aspx

For more information and media requests, please contact:
In Khartoum: Mr. Ayman Suliman, National Information Officer, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC, Khartoum), Tel: +249 187121404; Mobile: +249 912179766 ; E-mail: ayman.suliman@undp.org
In Darfur: Christopher Cycmanick, UN - AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) Tel: +249 92244 5400; Mobile: +249 912 538 436; E-mail: cycmanick@un.org

For more information on the mandate on internally displaced persons please contact Rosa da Costa (+41 22 917 9140 / rdacosta@ohchr.org) or write to idp@ohchr.org

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Xabier Celaya, UN Human Rights – Media Unit (+ 41 22 917 9383 / xcelaya@ohchr.org)

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