UN, NGOs unwelcome in Sudan
From RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – SUDAN and the United Nations are headed for a collision course after the country announced the expulsion of yet another humanitarian envoy of the world body.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has informed UN the Head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Ivo Freijsen, must leave the country next month when his annual permit lapses.
It will not be renewed when it expires on June 6.
This is despite the request for a 12-month extension of his permit, as per routine process, which was submitted in April.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has provided no official explanation in writing for this decision.
The UN Humanitarian Country Team in Sudan has expressed “shock” and “disappointment” at the de facto expulsion.
“This action by the Government of Sudan is inconsistent with the fundamental principles of the international civil service enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, the organisation’s foundational treaty, to which Sudan is a party,” the Humanitarian Office stated.
Freijsen has worked for over a decade in Sudan during a career spanning 23 years and over 15 countries.
The OCHA Head of Office is the fourth senior UN official to be expelled from Sudan in the last two years. This comes in addition to the forced closure of international non-governmental organisation, Tearfund, in December 2015 and the de facto expulsion of three international NGO country representatives in recent months.
Sudan is beset by a civil war that has claimed over 10 000 lives since 2013.
– CAJ News
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