Sudan – Expulsion of 20 employees of the High Commissioner for Refugees (August 7, 2013)
France condemns the expulsion of 20 employees of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) working in Darfur.
This unjustified decision comes at a time when the security and humanitarian situation in Darfur remains troubling, with 300,000 displaced persons in 2013. It hampers the UNHCR’s delivery of aid to two million displaced Darfuris, 1.2 million of whom are in camps.
France reiterates its commitment to the respect of humanitarian principles, notably unlimited access by humanitarian personnel to those who are vulnerable or in need. We urge the Sudanese authorities to promptly renew the work permits of HCR employees so that they may continue their work assisting the people of Darfur.