On 29 December 2015, UNAMID's Human Rights Section, in collaboration with the Office of the General Prosecutor of the Special Court for Darfur, organized a one-day workshop on criminal investigation and criminal justice in El Fasher, North Darfur.
The workshop, conducted on the basis of the Universal Periodic Review recommendation, aimed at equipping prosecutors, judges and policemen with knowledge and skills in handling criminal investigations while operating within international human rights standards and improving the judicial system in Sudan, in general, and Darfur, in particular.
Addressing the forum, UNAMID's Human Rights representative, Ahmed Hassan, reiterated the Mission's support to human rights and justice-related issues in Darfur. "We look forward to maintaining amicable coordination and cooperation with all judicial organizations to ensure respect for human rights and justice remain fully intact during criminal investigations," said Mr. Hassan.
On his part, Darfur Special Court General Prosecutor, Elfatih Taifoor, expressed his appreciation for UNAMID's capacity- building programmes in the human rights domain and underscored the importance of constant coordination between UNAMID's Human Rights Section and the judiciary. "We are grateful to UNAMID for its initiatives to improve criminal investigators' skills in this important field," he said.
A similar workshop was conducted by the Mission's Human Rights Section in El Geneina, West Darfur, while another is scheduled to be held in Nyala, South Darfur.