Darfur Relief and Documentation Center DRDC

Linked with Reports and Texts about DARFUR.

Read: The Darfur Peace-Process.

The Darfur Relief and Documentation Centre (DRDC) is an independent, apolitical and not-for-profit non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Geneva (Switzerland.) DRDC was established in May 2004 with the view to injecting an independent and impartial civil society perspective for a peaceful resolution of armed conflicts in the Darfur region of western Sudan. DRDC brings together a panoply of individuals from different backgrounds including intellectuals, scholars, community leaders, human rights and pro-democracy activists, and groups from Darfur and other parts of the world and engages them in an effort to help the people of Darfur to put an end to the conflict in the region and rebuild their destroyed lives and livelihood. DRDC conducts its work through advocacy, lobby, research and documentation on the different aspects that affect life in the Darfur region. DRDC’s core members are persons of solid knowledge of Sudan and the Darfur region combined with modern academic, technical and practical expertise in areas of benefit to the people of the region.

DRDC endeavours to consolidate modern civil society concepts in Darfur and to empower the victims of the human rights and humanitarian crisis and the people of the region at large. To realize this objective, DRDC cooperates with a network of national and local partners to effectively help execute its projects at the grassroots level in Darfur. DRDC maintains a database of indigenous civil society groups as well as researchers and academics from Darfur. DRDC accords special attention to action at the international arena where some important decisions are taken. In addition to enhancing the capacity of its indigenous partners and providing them with the possible technical and material support, DRDC makes use of its position to exclusively raise the concerns of the victims of the conflict in Darfur at regional and international fora.

Darfur: The Land and People at Crossroads;
Origin of the Armed Conflicts in Darfur;
The Janjaweed and Their Ideology.

DRDC’s overall mission is to strengthen the capacity of research and documentation on issues relevant to the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of western Sudan. It contributes an impartial experience and knowledge to tackle the root causes of the armed conflict in the region, proposes measures for its resolution and helps the ongoing efforts to ensure that such a destructive conflict would not reproduce itself in the future. This objective is realized through cooperation with indigenous civil society partners who share our vision to end the conflict in the region, bring peace, restore the rule of law, advocate adherence to the concepts of democratic governance, equality and non-discrimination as well as the modern concepts of sustainable development. DRDC and its local partners use their knowledge of the history and geography of Darfur as well as the social and cultural beliefs of its people to initiate a process of healing, emancipation and reconciliation for the victims of atrocities in the region.

In its work, DRDC is guided by its firm belief that prevention of the commission of potential crimes against humanity, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, genocide and other similar carnage in any region of the world is an important strategy. Prevention is the only viable guarantee for the safety and security of persons as well as the well-being of the people of the Darfur region and elsewhere in the country. Effective, resourceful and strong civil society structures at the local level are important components in the overall process. Through such mechanisms it is our belief that the lives and properties of the people of the region will be saved from destruction and the international community will be spared from spending the scarce financial and material resources. DRDC supports all and any initiatives targeting these goals being they proposed by governments, local, national, regional and international organisations. (Read the rest on the website of DRDC).

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