News from Khartoum
Foreign Ministry: Human Rights Council decides to renew independent expert mandate
Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the adoption by the Human Rights Council in Geneva of a decision to retain Sudan under item 10 by consensus, and at the same time the decision calls for provision of technical support and capacity-building to Sudan and renewal of the mandate of the independent expert on human right.
The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr. Babikir Siddiq, in a press statement published on the site of the Yemeni Press Agency confirmed the adoption by the Human Rights Council in Geneva of a resolution by consensus yesterday on human rights in Sudan under item 10 of the agenda of the Council. “The head of the Sudanese delegation and Justice Minister Mr. Mohammed Ahmed Salim explained that the UN resolution stipulates the need to provide technical support and capacity building to Sudan and to renew the mandate of the independent expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan provided the mandate comes to an end once a consensus is reached and there is an agreement on a suitable formula between the Government of the Sudan and the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the issue of opening a country office for the Council in Khartoum,” Siddiq said.
Sudan’s permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador Mustafa Osman Ismail said in a statement: “the positive side of the resolution is that it highlights the role of Sudan in resolving the conflict in southern Sudan and recognizes openly that Sudan has received millions of refugees from neighboring countries and opened the humanitarian corridors for delivery of relief to conflict-affected areas,”. Ismail said the resolution praised the appointment of members of the National Commission for Human Rights in Sudan. “The resolution included a road map for the transition and exit from the item of special procedures and the termination of the mandate of the independent expert,” he added. He explained that “the concerns expressed in the resolution are not in the form of condemnation, rather they are in form of urging and encouragement”.
In the same context, the Sudanese opposition on Friday rejected the resolution of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, saying that the resolution in its current form represents a “failure” on the part of the government. “The opposition is not satisfied with the resolution because it believes that the current human rights situation in Sudan needs the return of Sudan to item 4, along with the appointment of a special rapporteur to monitor the human rights situation,” Sudan Call External Relations official, Mr. Yasir Arman, said.
The UN Human Rights Council has listed Sudan under items 10 and 4 since 1993 because of military and political conflicts in southern Sudan and some internal issues.
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