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Statement on Sudan

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the violence and reports of the excessive use of force by security personnel on civilians, that have resulted in the deaths and injury of many. He condemns the use of force to disperse the protestors at the sit-in site and he is alarmed by reports that security forces have opened fire inside medical facilities.

The Secretary-General reminds the Transitional Military Council of its responsibility for the safety and security of the citizens of Sudan. He urges all parties to act with utmost restraint. This includes responsibility for upholding the human rights of all citizens, including the right to freedom of assembly and of expression. He also calls for unimpeded access to deliver essential care at the sit-in site and in hospitals where the wounded are treated. The Secretary-General urges the Sudanese authorities to facilitate an independent investigation in to the deaths and to hold those responsible accountable.

The Secretary-General urges the parties to pursue peaceful dialogue and to stay the course in the negotiations over the transfer of power to a civilian-led transitional authority, as required by the African Union. The United Nations is committed to working with the African Union in support of this process and stands ready to support the Sudanese stakeholders in their efforts to build lasting peace.

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

New York, 3 June 2019

Interview with Patricia O’Brien, UN Legal Counsel

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon signed annual performance and accountability compacts with senior UN officials. Mr. Ban (seated left) is seen with Patricia O’Brien (right, signing pact), Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs. 15 February 2013 United Nations, New YorkIn August 2008, Patricia O’Brien was appointed the Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel. She oversees the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) at UN Headquarters in New York, the 200 or so staff members of which provide unified legal services for the extremely varied needs of the Organization. Continue reading

Global forced displacement of people at 18 year high

Major refugee hosting countries, end 2012More people are refugees or internally displaced than at any time since 1994, with the crisis in Syria having emerged as a major new factor in global displacement. UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report, covers Continue reading