News from Khartoum
Final decision on human rights in Sudan expected
African, Asian and Latin American countries have supported Sudan’s request to end the mandate of the independent expert, while European countries highlighted continued human rights challenges in the Sudan.
The United Kingdom supported the recommendations of the independent experts and called for their implementation as an immediate priority.
While Denmark called on Sudan to ratify the Convention against Torture, France said it was concerned that violations of the rights of women and children continue. The Netherlands and Australia denounced the continuing restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly.
For its part, Germany called for the speedy implementation of the recommendations, especially those calling for the abolition of the constitutional amendments of 2015, which gave the National Intelligence and Security Services the right to arrest and detain.
The United Nations independent expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, affirmed on Wednesday in September that the government supports his recommendation to establish the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Khartoum.
Nononsi told the Human Rights Council that he held a meeting on Tuesday with Sudanese government officials at the Sudanese embassy in Geneva to discuss the human rights situation in Sudan and the recommendations he made to the Council.
He said: the meeting highlighted the need to establish an appropriate legal and institutional framework including the reform of security services and democratic reforms, “which is the key step needed to be taken by the government”. “That should take place in collaboration with the international community,” he added
It is expected that a final resolution of the Council will be issued on the status of human rights in the Sudan during the few coming days.
For their part, Sudanese officials have affirmed their full support to the recommendation of the independent expert with regard to the establishment of an Office for the High Commissioner of Human Rights in Khartoum. According to Nononsi, the Sudanese Government has agreed to the deployment of a technical mission to discuss technical cooperation with the Government and the civil society.
The mission was expected to begin its work in the first week of the current month of November, and will inform us on the urgent and important requirements for the improvement of the status of human rights in the country.
According to official SUNA News Agency, the meeting was attended by the Justice Minister, Mr. Mohamed Ahmed Salim, Sudanese Ambassador to Geneva, Mustafa Osman Ismail, permanent representative of the UN High Commission for Refugees, Rapporteur of the Advisory Council of Human Rights Mr.Tariq Mubarak and Director of the Directorate of Human Rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Rahma Saleh Al Obeid.
According to Sudan Tribune, the opposition alliance sent a delegation to Geneva to pressure various members of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva to condemn the “gross human rights violations” committed by the government.
The Coalition called for the appointment of a Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Sudan, saying such a mandate would be the appropriate mechanism for special measures in Sudan.
Another draft resolution on the Sudan provides for maintaining the independent expert in his post until the establishment of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The Constitution guarantees all fundamental rights and freedoms. Sudan is a party to many international human rights instruments and covenants. Compliance with those conventions, the constitution and the relevant laws, in practice, is the reflection of respect for human rights.
Source: Sudan Tribune