UNMIS (UN Mission in Sudan)

The mission’s main focus would be on protecting civilians.

Role in Darfur

They launched a massive humanitarian operation in Darfur, constantly expanding activities to respond to the needs of an increasing number of people displaced by violence. They protected and promoted human rights in Sudan.

Human Rights

Article 3: Right to Life - Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 9: No Unfair Detainment - No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 23: Workers Rights - Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.


By September 2006, UNMIS military and police components were close to full strength at 8,727 troops, 695 military observers, 186 staff officers, and 666 police officers. The Council decided that UNMIS would be strengthened by up to 17,300 military personnel and by an appropriate civilian component including up to 3,300 civilian police personnel and up to 16 Formed Police Units.


Under-Secretary-General of the Department of Field Support, Susana Malcorra paid tribute to the work of the mission on a visit to Sudan in July: ‘I believe that the people of this Mission need to be proud of what has been done in the referendum - it was an incredible achievement – it was an incredible challenge that most of the world believed was not going to happen. They have done an incredible in supporting all the important mandated tasks by the Security Council but most importantly engaging with the Sudanese in trying to arrive to a better place where peace can be achievable.’

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a World Bank Group member, has been instrumental in helping to kick-start the needed reforms.

Successes in Darfur

- Increased awareness of human rights amongst the population, including through universities, radio and campaigns.

- Increased capacity of civil society to monitor and report on human rights concerns.

- Expanded coverage of UNMIS Human Rights in all states of Southern Sudan.

- Continued to send men to help those in need in Darfur.