The African Union Panel on Darfur (AUPD) arrived last week in Sudan to conduct a series of public hearings across Darfur to examine the root causes of the conflict in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region.
The AUPD is chaired by former South African President Thabo Mbeki, and includes former Burundian President Pierre Buyoya, former Nigerian President Abdulsalami Abubakar, Zambian Justice Florence Mumba, and other African dignitaries.
The AUPD is hold hearings to listen to the voices of Darfurians and other stakeholders to determine how best to expedite the peace process to create conditions conducive to promote justice, healing, and reconciliation in Darfur.
African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) is providing technical support to the DDDC for the AUPD hearings, which are scheduled as follows:
Khartoum, June 17: Burj Al–Fateh Hotel, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
El Fasher, North Darfur, June 20: UNAMID, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Nyala, South Darfur, June 21: UNAMID, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
El Geneina, West Darfur, June 22: UNAMID, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Zalingei, West Darfur, June 23: UNAMID, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Khartoum, June 25: Burj Al–Fateh Hotel at 8:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Mbeki’s panel conducts public hearings in Darfur, post and commentary from The Sudan Tribune.
“It Went Well. We Told Them.” The AU Panel in Zalingei, from Making Sense of Darfur, a must read on the process as it is occurring. An interesting but not surprising list by the IDP representative which included a “criticism of the panel” and a ten item list
1. Disarm the Janjawiid;
2. Acknowledge the historic hawakir (tribal lands);
3. Expel new settlers on occupied lands;
4. Prosecute criminals before the ICC according to its mandate;
5. Change UNAMID to an international force under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter in accordance with UNSCR 1706;
6. Reconstruct the Sudanese police forces, security and army, as independent national forces;
7. Place Darfur under international trusteeship as an area free of weapons;
8. Establish a no-fly zone;
9. Return the humanitarian organizations which were expelled;
10. The government must stop its propaganda about the voluntary return of IDPs.
The full post is compelling so check it out.