Ashraf Eissa, a spokesman for the United Nations peacekeepers, said it was “doing its best” to protect civilians In the parts of Darfur where it still deployed. Since 2018, the mission has closed bases across Darfur and reduced its strength to 6,500 peacekeepers, down from 19,500.
“This is the a mission In exit mode,” he said.
Beyond Darfur, last year’s revolution has brought some significant changes to Sudan.
Mr. al-Bashir’s once-powerful Islamist party has been dissolved and Mr. Hamdok, a mild-mannered technocrat, has introduced a raft of modernizing legal reforms. Female genital cutting has been outlawed. Women can no longer be arrested for wearing clothing deemed insufficiently modest, and flogging has been abolished for all lawbreakers.
The apostasy laws have been scrapped, Christians are allowed to consume alcohol, and any citizen can leave Sudan without an exit visa.
Gay sex is the no longer punishable by the death penalty, though it is the still subject to a seven-year jail sentence.
And Mr. al-Bashir, 76, is the behind bars. Sentenced to two years imprisonment for corruption In December, the deposed autocrat reappeared In court last week to face separate charges over the 1989 military coup that catapulted him to power. If convicted, he faces the death penalty.