Home | News    Friday 29 August 2014

Sudan and Red Cross sign headquarters agreement

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

August 28, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have signed a new headquarters agreement, said the international humanitarian organisation in a statement released on Thursday.

JPEG - 74.7 kb
ICRC trucks arrive carrying food, seeds and farming tools to be distributed to families in and around Jebel Marra (Photo: ICRC)

The signed document which “sets out its legal and diplomatic status in Sudan”, replaces an old agreement dating from 1984.

In February this year the Sudanese authorities suspended the activities of the international group, asking to review the country agreement and to comply with Sudanese regulations for humanitarian organisations.

This headquarters deal is separate from the other issue as Khartoum says the ICRC has to fulfil certain administrative humanitarian regulations, in particular one that would make it mandatory to work through a local partner.

Regarding the second matter, the statement said the neutral international group is still discussing with the government the resumption of its humanitarian activities in Sudan.

“Negotiations have been constructive in recent weeks, and the signing of a new country agreement is a positive and essential step towards resuming our humanitarian work in Sudan,” said Jean-Christophe Sandoz, who heads the ICRC delegation in Sudan.

“We hope to conclude our dialogue with the authorities soon,” he added.

As an international organisation mandated by the international community, including Sudan, it plays a unique role in helping victims of armed conflict and other violence, with the ICRC arguing that its independence and neutrality are essential to fulfil its mission.

The Red Cross in the past years reached civilians in the rebel controlled areas and mediated the release of foreigners and Sudanese nationals including members of the army. The group says If it become associated with one or the other parties to the conflict, it will not be able to carry out its humanitarian activities and accomplish such sensitive activities.

“The revised agreement sets forth the ICRC’s legal and diplomatic status in the country and continues to recognize our organization’s mandate, which is to assist and protect victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence,” Sandoz.

Last year, the ICRC provided humanitarian aid to about 1.5 million Sudanese, particularly in Darfur where the group has worked since 2003.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


s
Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Response to Bona Malual statements on Abyei 2017-12-11 20:24:24 By Hon Arop Madut Arop As I was reading the last proof of my new book on the Ngok Dinka history, which is currently with the printers, somebody sent me a recorded voice message purportedly given (...)

Is Jieng Council of Elders responsible for South Sudan crisis? 2017-12-10 17:59:57 By Samuel Maker Amuor Silence means acceptance! It takes less than a minute for one to come across Jieng council of elders’ meddle on national affairs as they claim. Either through social media (...)

Judas Face of Europe: what can you do with thirty coins of silver? 2017-12-09 23:23:11 By Amgad Fareid Eltayeb According to the biblical narrative, thirty coins of silver was the price for which Judas betrayed Jesus and handed him over to the temple priests. According to the same (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


South Sudanese rights group call to release political detainees 2017-12-10 07:50:31 THE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: 10 DECEMBER 2017: SSHURSA CALLS ON ALL TO ACTION FOR SOUTH SUDANESE The 10 December usually marks the international human rights day. SSHURSA notes with (...)

Reactions to government agencies’ conspiracy against Greater Bor community 2017-10-08 07:54:31 By Manyok Abraham Thuch & Kuch Kuol Deng A monkey business or a donkey business in the government of the republic of South Sudan against the citizens is unacceptable. Therefore, we as youth (...)

Amnesty calls to release Nubian activists detained over protest for cultural rights 2017-09-12 20:47:54 AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 12 September 2017 Egypt: Release 24 Nubian activists detained after protest calling for respect of their cultural rights Egyptian authorities should (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.