At the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council and during the Interactive Dialogue with the independent UN expert on the Sudan; FIDH and its member organisations, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) and the Sudan Human Rights Monitor (SHRM), submitted a joint statement expressing serious concerns for the situation of human rights in the country.
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Paris, Kampala, Khartoum, 23 September 2015 – The Government of Sudan continues to fail to ensure that those responsible for international crimes and other serious human rights abuses are held to account, in particular when such abuses engage the responsibility of forces and groups under its command. On the second anniversary of the killing by Sudanese security forces of at least 185 peaceful demonstrators, Sudan has taken no clear steps to ensure accountability or grant effective remedies to victims and their families. Meanwhile, serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law continue to be committed in conflict zones and across the country with complete impunity. FIDH, ACJPS and SHRM reiterate their call upon the international community to condemn serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law in Sudan, call for reform of Sudanese laws that allow impunity for perpetrators of serious crimes, and ensure effective accountability mechanisms are established to grant justice and reparation for victims.
Mr Chairman, distinguished members of the Working Group,
We, together with the Arab Coalition for Sudan, write to bring to your attention the case of Mr Babacar Moussa Issa, a member of the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party who was arrested by the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on 27 August 2015 and is disappeared since. His family learned from other detainees that he was subjected to torture while in secret detention but they have not been able to visit him so far. They fear that he could be ill-treated again while being detained by the NISS.
We solicit your urgent intervention with the Sudanese authorities to ask them to immediately release Mr Issa or at the very least to put him under the protection of the law and authorise his family and his lawyer to visit him. If Mr Issa confirms the reports of torture, the authorities should open thorough and impartial investigations into them and bring the perpetrators to justice while offering him a fair compensation. The Sudanese authorities should be reminded of their international obligations and put an end to the practice of enforced disappearances as well as the arbitrary detention and torture of political activists.
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To Permanent Representatives of Members and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council
Geneva, 3 September 2015,
RE: Gravely deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation in Sudan
We write to share our serious concerns about the deteriorating human rights situation in Sudan, marked by harsh political repression and continued impunity. There is increasing evidence that Sudanese security forces are committing war crimes in the conflict areas of Darfur, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states. We call on your delegation to support the development and adoption of a strong and responsive resolution on Sudan under agenda Item 4 at the 30th session of the Human Rights Council in September.
Over the past four years in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, the Sudanese government has engaged in indiscriminate and targeted aerial bombardment of civilian areas, killing and wounding hundreds, if not thousands, of civilians. Government forces have destroyed civilian property including villages, health facilities, schools, mosques and churches, and the authorities continue to obstruct humanitarian assistance. Government forces and allied militia have also been implicated in alarming levels of sexual violence. Ongoing attacks and fighting have caused massive displacement over the past year.
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