Sudan Review – 25th Session of Universal Periodic Review
Sudan undergoes a mandatory UN review of its human rights record
في إطار الاستعراض الدوري الشامل للمجلس الذي يعقد كل اربعة اعوام، وتتم بموجبه مراجعة اداء الدول وإلتزاماتها تجاه التعهدات الدولية الموقعة عليها في ميثاق الامم المتحدة، وإستمع المجلس ظهر اليوم الى تقرير الحكومة السودانية حول اوضاع حقوق الانسان بالبلاد والوفاء بإلتزاماتها خلال الاعوام الماضية، إضافة الى تقارير الخبراء والمفوضية السامية لحقوق الانسان، والمنظمات الدولية التي سوف تقدم تقاريرها أمام المجلس حتى يتم النقاش حولها من الكتل الاقليمية والدول الاعضاء في المجلس. أستمع المجلس لتقرير حكومة السودان الخاص بحقوق الإنسان. Continue reading →
International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda
15 December 2015 – The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today chided the United Nations Security Council for its “empty promises” to bring Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir to trial for atrocities in Darfur, even as his victims cry out for justice amid indiscriminate killings and mass rape.
“Despite my repeated requests for the Council to take action with respect to Sudan’s blatant disregard of its obligations, and in violation of [it’s] resolutions, my appeals continue to be unheeded,” Fatou Bensouda told the 15-member body, noting that it was the Council itself which had referred the case of Sudan to the ICC more than 10 years ago. Continue reading →
GENEVA (28 August 2015) – A group of United Nations human rights experts* expressed alarm after a female Sudanese student, Ferdous Al Toum, was sentenced to public flogging and a heavy fine for charges of ‘indecent dressing’. Another student, Rehab Omer, received a hefty fine for the same charges. “Public flogging of women is a continuing practice in the country, and the offence of modesty and the penalty of flogging are disproportionately used to punish women,” they noted.
“This outrageous conviction must be overturned and the girls must be immediately released,” the UN experts urged. “We also call upon the Government of Sudan to repeal all legislation that discriminates on the grounds of gender and to comply with international standards.”
The human rights experts have officially expressed concern to the Sudanese authorities about current legislation that allows corporal punishment of women, and the devastating consequences that such violence has on their physical and psychological integrity and well-being. Continue reading →
28 August 2015 – A group of independent United Nations human rights experts have voiced alarm after a female Sudanese student was sentenced to public flogging and a heavy fine for charges of “indecent dressing,” while another received a hefty fine for the same charges, and urged that the convictions be overturned immediately.
“Public flogging of women is a continuing practice in the country, and the offence of modesty and the penalty of flogging are disproportionately used to punish women,” noted the experts, who all report to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Continue reading →
GENEVA (21 August 2015) – Serious human rights violations and abuses that occurred in Darfur in 2014, including killings and sexual violence, have largely gone uninvestigated and unpunished, according to a new report by the UN Human Rights Office.
The report, based on information provided by the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), details cases of human rights violations and reveals widespread impunity. Of the 411 cases documented by UNAMID of alleged violations and abuses of the right to physical integrity, by all parties to the conflict, very few were investigated or resulted in arrests. Of these, 127 involved the use of sexual violence. These 411 cases are illustrative of a much broader pattern of violence, the report states. Continue reading →
12 May 2015:- The newly appointed Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, will conduct his first mission to the Sudan from 13 to 23 May 2015, to assess and verify the situation of human rights with the view to making recommendations on technical assistance and capacity-building for addressing human rights in the country*.
During his ten-day mission, Mr. Nononsi will visit Khartoum and Darfur. He will meet with Government officials, civil society representatives, members of the diplomatic corps and United Nations agencies. Continue reading →
12 May 2015 – The joint United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has strongly deplored “the rapid deterioration of tensions” between the Rezeigat and Ma’alia tribes as both parties continue to engage each other in a series of armed confrontations which have resulted in dozens of casualties.
In a press release, the Mission said it remained “gravely concerned” about that apparent continued mobilization of both sides despite a temporary lull in the fighting, adding that UNAMID peacekeepers in East Darfur had “raised their levels of preparedness” and put in place “proactive response measures” to address any spike in requests for civilian protection. Continue reading →
In August 2013, UNAMID provided logistical support by transporting representatives of Rezeigat and Ma’alia tribes to Al Tawisha, North Darfur, to participate in the signing of an agreement to cease hostilities in East Darfur. Photo: UNAMID/Hamid Abdulsalam
11 May 2015 – Following recent escalation in tensions between the Rezeigat and Ma’alia tribes, the joint United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur today expressed serious concern about the possible implications and encouraged the leaders and members of both groups to exercise maximum restraint, engage in meaningful dialogue to resolve their dispute.
The African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) released a media statement today, welcoming the deployment of additional troops by the Government of Sudan to create a buffer zone between the two tribes, as well as its ongoing efforts to de-escalate the tension. Continue reading →
Children in Jawa village, in East Jebel Marra (South Darfur). Photo: UNAMID/Albert González Farran
8 January 2015 – The United Nations Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said that it has received reports of significant civilian displacement in Sudan’s North Darfur and South Darfur states.
The displacement may be due to an escalation of operations by Government forces against armed opposition groups in and around Jebel Marra.
The Office had also received “unverified” reports of direct attacks on civilian villages in that area, UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric told reporters at Headquarters this afternoon. Continue reading →
ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/Yubi Hoffmann
12 December 2014 – The Security Council must rethink its approach to the deteriorating crisis in Darfur and fully pursue those individuals deemed responsible for atrocities, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) told the body today as she firmly criticized its lack of action on crimes committed in the war-torn region.
“It is becoming increasingly difficult for me to appear before you and purport to be updating you when all I am doing is repeating the same things I have said over and over again, most of which are well known to this Council,” Fatou Bensouda lamented in her statement this morning. “To date, none of these individuals have been brought to justice, and some of them continue to be implicated in atrocities committed against innocent civilians.” Continue reading →
OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani. Photo: UN Multimedia
12 December 2014 – The United Nations human rights office expressed deep concern today over a spate of detentions and prosecutions in Sudan which, it said, appeared aimed at “silencing political opposition and criticism” of the governing political party.
Speaking to the press in Geneva, Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), cited reports of a recent “high profile case” involving two prominent public figures –Amin Makki Medani, a well-known human rights defender and former UN rights official in the region, and Farouk Abu Issa, the leader of the opposition National Consensus Forum. Continue reading →
Explanation of Position: Resolution on the Human Rights Situation in Sudan
Statement of the Delegation of the United States of America
As Delivered by Ambassador Keith Harper
U.S. Representative to the Human Rights Council
UN Human Rights Council, 27th Session
September 26, 2014
Mr. President, it is unfortunate to affirm again this year that the people of Sudan continue to face enormous human rights challenges.
This resolution will renew the mandate of the Independent Expert for Sudan, and we strongly urge the Government of Sudan to continue working closely with the IE to address its increasingly troubling human rights record. Continue reading →