2016 Report on the human rights situation in Southern Kordofan/Blue Nile States, Sudan released

Annual report delves into human rights violations, progress made last year

The report brings to light human rights violations and abuses taking place in SK and BN states (government territory) of Sudan and the situation of internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from these areas. The information included in this report was gathered by trained monitors using an instrument developed under supervision of HURICAP/ AI-NL and compiled by a trained reporting panel. The report does not cover all incidents that occurred due to many challenges and limitations.

This report covers the following human rights violations: arbitrary arrest and torture carried out by Military Intelligence (MI) and National Intelligence and security Services (NISS) in conflict areas; extrajudicial killing and death under torture mostly carried out by military and their allied militias (the Rapid Support Force and People Defense Force (PDF); and sexual assault by police. Due to corruption and impunity, investigations into state-sponsored murder and sexual assault rarely moved forward.

This report gives recommendations calling on both parties at war to respect international human rights laws. It also calls upon regional and international bodies to compel the Government of Sudan (GoS) to respect international human rights and humanitarian laws.

Human Rights Update: December 2016, January and February 2017

SAF and PDF breach the ceasefire: attacks on civilians persist despite the lifting of sanctions on Sudan

The Sudan Consortium has been working with a group of trusted local Sudanese partners who have been monitoring human rights violations committed against the civilian population in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile since the current conflict began in 2011.

Their information provides strong evidence that civilians are being directly and deliberately targeted by the Sudanese government in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile as all the attacks referred to in this report were launched against areas that were clearly identifiable as civilian in character.

The period from December 2016 to the end of February 2017 was under ceasefire and all incidents that are reported in this document constituted a breach of the ceasefire. A four month unilateral ceasefire was first declared by Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir, on 17 June 2016, and extended in October to the end of 2016. Following the partial lifting of sanctions on Sudan by the USA, Sudan extended the ceasefire by another six months.