Top UN envoy Alice Nderitu calls for ceasefire in Sudan conflict

Alice Wairimu Nderitu at a past event. [File, Standard]

United Nations Special Adviser on Prevention of Genocide, Alice Nderitu has called for an urgent ceasefire in Sudan the Sudan conflict. 

Ongoing clashes between Sudan’s military and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have led to the loss of civilian lives, an action that Nderitu terms a violation of international humanitarian law.

“It is of utmost importance that all parties to the conflict, including armed groups, lay down their weapons and cease their targeting of civilians immediately,” she said in a strongly worded statement on Tuesday, June 13. 

Reports have been released on armed groups taking advantage of the lack of security and protection gaps in the capital Khartoum to harass ethnic communities on the basis of the conflicting parties they are affiliated.

If these attacks are true as reported, Nderitu says they could lead to heightened war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Nderitu, a top Kenyan UN envoy is also highly concerned about recurring fights in Khartoum, specifically one that killed 18 civilians, making it the third-largest killing of civilians in a single day.

In Darfur, the same situation has been reported where ethnic groups, are looting and burning houses to the ground.

Twenty years ago, violence perpetrated by the Sudanese government and Janjaweed militia left millions in Darfur displaced and thousands more lost their lives.