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The National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) Closed Down Two Aid Organizations in South Darfur

24.04.12

The National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) have closed down two aid organizations, SUDAN AID and the church’s aid organization Sudan Council of Churches (SCC), from the state of South Darfur. According to the two organizations’ employees, they have received a notice in the 22nd of April 2012 stating the closure of the two organizations and asking them to hand over the organizations assets to the Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC). Three Southern Sudanese working with the organizations were arrested. 

The two organizations have been working in Darfur since 2004 where they began working in an alliance with Sudan Social Development Organization (SUDO), a national organization dissolved with the 13 organizations that were expelled from working in Sudan after the 4th of March 2009, in addition to the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), which is still operating in South and Central Darfur.

Moreover, the Catholic Church’s clinic in Nyala was closed on the 23rd of April, this clinic serve the citizens in South Darfur and the internally displaced persons (IDPs).

SUDO UK sees no legal grounds for such an action taken by NISS and believes that closing these organizations and the clinic will add to the growing suffering of the IDPs in Darfur and calls upon the government to respect its obligations under humanitarian laws and allow non-conditional access for aid organizations to serve the people in need in Darfur.

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