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House of Lords written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent reports they have received about the humanitarian crisis facing displaced people in Darfur and what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the African Union and United Nations hybrid operation in Darfur in protecting civilians.

Photo of Baroness Verma Baroness Verma Lords Spokesperson (Home Office) (Equalities and Women's Issues), Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

We are deeply concerned about the ongoing fighting between Sudanese Armed Forces and rebel groups that is exacerbating the humanitarian situation in Darfur with over 70,000 people displaced this year.

UNAMID operates in extremely challenging conditions and is hampered by restrictions to its movement by the Government of Sudan and armed groups. We urge UNAMID to fulfil its mandate, particularly to provide security for the delivery of humanitarian assistance and on the protection of civilians, and to act robustly to the current security challenges it faces.

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