Strong peacekeeping mission needed in South Sudan: let’s tweet

Rights in crisis article written on the 08 Jul 2011

Photo: Oxfam

The UN Security Council is expected shortly to authorize a new peacekeeping mission in South Sudan to succeed the current United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS). The UN Secretary-General has recommended increasing the number of troops from the current 5,000 to 7,000. However, some member states have urged lower troop levels, citing cost concerns.

The vote at the UN is today (Friday, 8th July) and they are finalizing the text now. We need your support to ensure that new peacekeeping mission, UNMISS, gets the full support it needs in order to protects civilians.

As Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch explains, “The increasing violence and human rights violations this year underscore the need for a robust and flexible peacekeeping presence in South Sudan.”

If you have a Twitter account, please take one minute of your day and either retweet our tweet, or cut and paste the sample tweets below and send them to the UN Missions accounts. Thanks for your support.

Let’s tweet!

  • Peacekeepers needed to protect Africa’s newest country – South #Sudan. Ask the#UN to get #UNMISS troops on the ground http://oxf.am/4NR
  • @GermanyUN South #Sudan: @hrw @oxfam + 6 NGOs ask u to support Africa’s newest country: Get 7k #UNMISS troops on the ground bit.ly/UNMISS
  • @franceonu South #Sudan: @hrw @oxfam + 6 NGOs ask u to support Africa’s newest country: Get 7k #UNMISS troops on the ground bit.ly/UNMISS
  • @USUN South #Sudan: @hrw @oxfam + 6 NGOs ask u to support Africa’s newest country, 7k #UNMISS troops needed! bit.ly/UNMISS
  • @UKUN_NewYork South #Sudan: @hrw @oxfam + 6 NGOs ask u to support Africa’s newest country: Get #UNMISS troops it needs: 7000 bit.ly/UNMISS
  • @foreignoffice South #Sudan: @hrw @oxfam + 6 NGOs ask u to support Africa’s newest country: Get #UNMISS troops it needs: 7000 bit.ly/UNMISS
  • @StateDept South #Sudan: @hrw @oxfam + 6 NGOs ask u to support Africa’s newest country: 7k #UNMISS troops needed! bit.ly/UNMISS