UNHCR delivers humanitarian training to the Chad/Sudan joint military force

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UNHCR delivers humanitarian training to the Chad/Sudan joint military force



Khartoum, December 6 (Sudanow) -- The offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Chad and Sudan are joining forces today to deliver training on international refugee law and the rights of the displaced to some selected staff of the joint military force deployed along the common border. The one-day event will include sessions on humanitarian law, guiding principles for internally displaced persons, definition of the protection of civilians and roles and obligations of refugees hosted on Chadian territory, a press release issued by the UNHCR said.


It said about 80 high-ranking officers of the Chad-Sudan joint military force (40 Sudanese and 40 Chadians) have been invited to attend the training in Abeche (Eastern Chad), where the force is currently stationed. Other participants include representatives of the local State authorities, the National Refugee Commission CNAR, police forces and the DIS (Détachement Intégré de Sécurité).


The statement pointed out that the joint initiative by UNHCR offices in Chad and Sudan is part of a wider programme to enhance the capacity of administrative, judiciary and military forces active in areas affected by large presence of refugees and internally displaced persons in Chad.


“Through this training, UNHCR supports the Chadian Government in assuming its responsibility of ensuring the safety and protection of civilians, refugees and displaced persons as well as humanitarian actors in Eastern Chad, after the departure of the international force MINURCAT” said UNHCR Representative in N’Djamena, Stefano Severe.


The training will provide participants with basic tools and guidance on how to deal with potential incidents or acts of violence involving refugees or internally displaced persons such as inter-community tensions, violence against women and girls and population movements either side of the border, in respect of international humanitarian standards – such as the principle of non-refoulement for instance.


The Chad-Sudan mixed forces were deployed in February along the border between Eastern Chad and Darfur, following a peace deal signed between the two countries in January.

The deployment of the Chad/Sudan joint force contributed to a significant decrease of insecurity in the East of Chad this year, ending rebel incursions, clamping down on banditry and allowing the resumption of trade between the two countries. As a result, humanitarian agencies involved in delivering aid to refugees and displaced populations have seen their work facilitated.


The force’s command is currently based in Abeche after spending six months in El-Genaina (Darfur), as stipulated under the agreement. Its mandate reflects both governments’ commitment to end the cycle of violence in the region and work toward peace and reconstruction.


Similar training will be offered on the Sudan side as capacity-building for the authorities and security forces, once the forces return to Sudan.


The DIS forces are also contributing to facilitating humanitarian operations in Eastern Chad and the safety of civilian populations in and around refugee camps. After MINURCAT’s departure, UNHCR will support the DIS through further training, capacity building and logistical support.


More than 259,000 Sudanese refugees are hosted in 12 camps in Eastern Chad after fleeing the conflict in Darfur since 2003. UNHCR provides international protection and coordinates assistance in collaboration with local and international NGOs and the CNAR which is in charge of managing the camps.


As part of its international protection expertise, UNHCR also assumes a leading role in the inter-agency approach in support of some 180,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who fled inter-ethnic fighting in Eastern Chad. This year, some 43,000 of them have returned to their villages of origin, creating new demands for security, humanitarian and development assistance in the areas of return.




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