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REPUBLIC OF SUDAN: Sudan: Thousands of activists worldwide join together in Global Day for Darfur

25 Apr 2007
Region: REPUBLIC OF SUDAN
Topic: Regional conflict
Activists around the world will be holding a Global Day for Darfur on Sunday, 29 April, calling on the Sudanese government to immediately accept deployment of international peacekeepers to protect civilians in the troubled region of Darfur.
Activities will be held in over 35 countries around the world, ranging from Mali, Iceland and Mongolia to Tunisia , France, the US, Ukraine and Thailand.

Massive forced displacements and other human rights violations have deepened the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. The Sudanese government continues to support Janjawid militias, which, along with Sudanese forces, are responsible for grave human rights violations in Darfur. Armed opposition groups have also been responsible for grave violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. Despite an overwhelming international consensus on the need to deploy a hybrid UN/AU force to protect civilians in Darfur, the Sudanese government continues to refuse to allow such a deployment.

More than 200,000 people have died in the last four years since the current conflict began, and more than 2.5 million have been displaced from their homes. Since the beginning of the year, the situation has deteriorated even further, and the conflict has spread beyond Sudan's borders to eastern Chad.

For further details, please contact: [insert section/structure contact details]

To see the wide range of global activities planned for 29 April, please visit: http://www.dayfordarfur.org/index.asp.

To see further information from Amnesty International regarding the situation in Darfur, please see: http://web.amnesty.org/pages/sdn-index-eng.

AI Index: AFR 54/017/2007
25 April 2007

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