Forging an African Civil Society Response to the Crisis in Darfur
The International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) has sought to bring an end to the ongoing crisis in Darfur though its collaboration with, and stewardship of, the Darfur Consortium. IRRI was one of a small group of Africa-based and Africa-focused NGOs which came together on the sidelines of the third extraordinary session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Pretoria, South Africa. These groups identified the need to strengthen the voice of African civil society in calling for a just and sustainable peace in Darfur. The coalition, which became known as the Darfur Consortium was born out of a deep conviction that African NGOs have a vital role to play in both balancing the Western focus of Darfur advocacy and in advocating directly with African governments and the African Union.
The Consortium currently brings together more than 50 member organisations across the continent and seeks to support the activities of individual members and mobilise collective action. To date, the work of the Consortium has ranged from raising awareness about the situation in Darfur in Africa through exhibitions and events to targeted advocacy on the key issues most critical to resolution of the crisis, security for civilians, accountability for past atrocities and the need for a comprehensive and inclusive peace process.
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Recent publications of the International Refugee Rights Initiative related to Darfur:
Six NGOs Call for Stonger African Union on Abyei, July 2011.
African NGOs Call for Greater Support to UNAMID, July 20, 2010.
Renewing the Pledge: Re-Engaging the Guarantors to the Sudanese Comprehensive Peace Agreement, published by an NGO coalition including IRRI, July 9, 2010.
"2010: a critical year for Sudan," The Reporter - Ethiopia, January 23, 2010.
"The United Nations Extends UN-AU Force Mandate in Darfur," Refugee Rights News, Volume 5, Issue 5, November 2009.
"International Community Moves to Address Worrisome Dynamics in Sudan," Refugee Rights News, Volume 5, Issue 4, June 2009
"Sudanese NGOs Stand Up for Justice Despite Threats and lntimidation Following Bashir Warrant," CICC Monitor, May-October 2009.
"The Reaction to the Arrest Warrant against Sudanese President Al-Bashir," Refugee Rights News, Volume 5, Issue 2, April 2009.
Letter by Dismas Nkunda on the absence of a cooperation agreement between the ICC and the African Union, CICC Monitor, May-October 2008.
"International Justice or Western Conspiracy? The Response to ICC Charges against Bashir in Africa," Refugee Rights News, Volume 4, Issue 5, July 2008.
"Ocampo Throws Down the Gauntlet," Refugee Rights News, Volume 4, Issue 4, June 2008.
"Kampala Conference on R2P in East and the Horn of Africa," Refugee Rights News, Volume 4, Issue 3, May 2008.
"Children's Fate Focus of Fifth Global Day for Darfur," Refugee Rights News, Volume 4, Issue 3, May 2008.
"How Sudan Lost the AU Presidency for the Third Time," Refugee Rights News, Volume 4, Issue 2, April 2008.
"Prestigious Sakharov Prize 2007 Awarded to Salih Mahmoud Osman," Refugee Rights News, Volume 4, Issue 2, April 2008.
"Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Receives Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Prize," Refugee Rights News, Volume 4, Issue 1, January 2008.
"World Leaders Are Urged 'Not To Look Away' at the Fourth Global Day for Darfur," Refugee Rights News, Volume 4, Issue 1, January 2008.