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CSOs call for a strong human rights mandate on Sudan

In advance of the 39th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, more than 30 civil society organizations (CSOs) have called on the members of the council to adopt a strong monitoring and reporting mandate on Sudan. The UNHRC should mandate a special reporter “to monitor, verify and report on ongoing human rights violations and abuses as well as violations of international humanitarian law, recommend concrete ways to end them, and urge the Government of Sudan to implement the recommendations made to it by UN human rights bodies and mechanisms,” 32 Sudanese and international civil society organizations wrote in an open letter to the Council.

The CSOs also express their concern about the downsizing of the UN-AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) while the security situation has not improved. They further point to government militia assaults on people living in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states. Sudanese authorities have also continued to restrict basic freedoms of assembly and association through violent crackdowns on peaceful protesters and other restrictions on civil society organizations and on independent voices. The authorities reportedly use “other repressive laws and various forms of harassment, including sexual harassment” to target activists.

Sudan’s human rights record is still in its place that because the Sudanese government has not complied with the international charters or the regional conventions to which it is a part. The illegal practices of the of militia regime continue in conflict areas where thousands of women and girls are raped. The Khartoum regime is still insisting on preventing peaceful assembly and demonstrations based on justice and equality.