Investigation finds under-reporting of incidents by UN-AU Mission

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Crimes against civilians and peacekeepers were not intentionally covered up by the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), according to a review initiated by the UN Secretary-General.

The review sought to clarify whether UNAMID deliberately failed to report on 16 incidents, including possible wrongdoings by Sudanese Government or pro-Government forces.

The UN says the review team examined all the material related to the incidents and interviewed former and current staff members.

Although they did not find any evidence to support the allegations, the UN says the Mission had a tendency to under-report unless it was absolutely certain of the facts.

The review also found that UNAMID took what it described as "an unduly conservative approach" to the media, explaining that it maintained silence when it could have developed a press response even in the absence of all the facts.

The Secretary-General says he is deeply troubled by these findings.

Although, he said, UNAMID faces unique challenges due conditions under which it operates, keeping silent or under-reporting incidents cannot be condoned under any circumstances.

A series of measure are reportedly now being put into place to ensure full and accurate reporting.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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