9th September, 2014
H. E. Baudelaire Ndong Ella
President of the Human Rights Council,
Human Rights abuses in Sudan have continued, and the recommendations of Dr. Mashood A. Baderin in his report to the Human Rights Council in September 2013 have been ignored.
The Peoples of Sudan suffer from continuous Human Rights abuses, namely:
- Bloody suppression of civilian protests, which left many dead and injured, without objective investigation to expose the facts and punish the culprits in Khartoum, in Nyela, in Madani, in Kotom and in Zalingi. There is continuous impunity, and the perpetrators enjoy legal immunity.
- Political and civil Rights activists regularly suffer arbitrary arrests and most of them are tortured, intimidated or harassed.
- The press is regularly harassed.
- The International Humanitarian Rights law is continuously broken.
- Law enforcement has been associated with aerial strikes against civilians.
The Rapid Support Forces (RSF), whose deployment under the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) is unconstitutional, has committed Human Rights abuses in many regions of the country.
- The tripartite agreement by the AU, the UN, and the Arab league to provide Humanitarian Relief for the civilian victims of the civil war has been ignored.
- No steps have been taken to ensure that State Party takes all measures to ensure transparency in all steps of the constitutional review process, so that the text of the new constitution is fully consistent with the 1966 UN Covenant on Political and Civil Rights.
Therefore, we expect that the final Report of the special representative to the 27th Session to repeat his recommendations to the 26th session, which have had no impact upon the policies of the State Party in Sudan. It is therefore imperative that the Council should consider reviewing the state of Human Rights in Sudan under item four instead of ten.
It is true that the State Party in Sudan has recently taken some positive measures, but the legislation, institutions, and policies which commit Human Rights transgressions are still in place.
Without radical changes in the institutions and policies of oppression, the Peoples of Sudan will continue to suffer from Human Rights atrocities.
Sarah A. Nugdalla