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Sudan Consortium Action:

SUDAN CONSORTIUM ACTION


Sudan Consortium statements

The Massacre of the Children of Heiban: Make it the Last Crime of the Sudanese Government’s Aerial Bombardments

(13 May 2016) We the undersigned - individuals, public figures, civil and political organizations - are horrified by the sight of the torn bodies of the children of Heiban Locality in South Kordofan/Nuba Mountains. These children were killed on 1st May 2016 by an aerial bombardment conducted by the Government of Sudan.

Photos have been widely disseminated of the 6 massacred children (including three children from one family). They are: (Kuku Dawli - 4 years , Yousif Yakgoub - 4 years, Jehan Abdelrahman Ibrahim - 5 years, Hafiz Mahmoud – 10 years, Ibrahim Abdelrahman Ibrahim – 10 years, Nidal Abdelrahman Ibrahim - 12 years).

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Twenty-two South Sudanese former JEM – Dabajo rebels sentenced to death by Khartoum Terrorism Court after unfair trial

(15 April 2016) On 6 April 2016 the Special Terrorism Court in Khartoum (Court 1), headed by Judge Abdien Hamad Ali, sentenced twenty-two South Sudanese nationals who were formerly members of the Darfuri rebel Justice and Equality Movement – Bakhiet Abdulkariem Dabajo wing (JEM – Dabajo) to death after convicting them of a number of offences, including crimes against the state that carry the death penalty. The group was convicted after they admitted to engaging in armed combat with the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) on various dates between 2004 and 2013. Three other South Sudanese nationals were sentenced to life imprisonment after they admitted to serving as cooks and mechanics for the JEM – Dabajo wing.

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Sudan blocks civil society participation in UN-led human rights review

(31 March 2016) The efforts of the Government of Sudan to obstruct the engagement of civil society activists in a United Nations (UN)-led human rights review of the country is unacceptable and shows blatant contempt not just for human rights defenders in Sudan, but to human rights standards and the UN Human Rights Council, 36 Sudanese and international groups and seven prominent Sudanese individuals said today.

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Sudanese National Intelligence Security Services (NISS) prevent lawyer Salih Mahmoud Osman from Traveling

Statement from the Darfur Bar Associaion

(29 March 2016) Salih Mahmoud Osman, a prominent Sudanese human rights lawyer , and the winner of Sahkarov and American Bar Association prizes was prevented from travelling. Mr. Osman was on his way to Geneva, Switzerland yesterday 28 March 2016 to attend a session preparing for Sudan’s universal periodic report (UPR) as a Sudanese NGO representative. After processing and check in, security agents in plain clothes informed Mr. Osman that he was forbidden to travel outside Sudan and confiscated his passport. He was told to come next day to receive his passport back from the security information department. Today, 29 March 2016, Mr. Osman went there to receive his passport, but the security officers asked him to write a request to the chairperson of this department. He wrote his request and told that they will going to call him later via his mobile phone. At the time of writing, he had not yet receive his passport. We contacted Mr. Osman and he told us that the government of Sudan regularly violates the rights of lawyers working in the field of human rights. This was not the first time that he had been banned from travelling, he continued, as he was prevented several times as other lawyers have been as well. The government has yet to comment on this incident, despite many efforts to reach the authorities. The NISS head is a red line, no one dares to contact him. NISS enjoys absolute immunities under the law. The NISS regularly prevents human rights activists from travelling. Last week, more than six individuals were banned at Khartoum International Airport and had their passports confiscated. We urge the government to respect her commitment to freedom of movement and expression. We also urge all international and regional NGOs to condemn the Khartoum government for violating the freedom of expression, movement and association of human rights defenders.

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Major Government Offensive in Jebel Marra

In SUDO (UK)’s November update monitors warned on the 4th November that the Government of Sudan was preparing for what appeared to be a major offensive in the East Jebel Marra region. This build up of ground troops and military hardware – including technical vehicles, heavy artillery and tanks – was complimented by an increase in militia activity throughout the month of December around the East Jebel Marra region – as will be reported in a soon to be released SUDO (UK) report on human rights abuses throughout Sudan in December 2015.

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Unhindered Assistance from Multiple Locations for the Two Areas and throughout Sudan

In light of the impasse at the 10th round of peace talks in Addis Ababa between the government of Sudan and the SPLM-N, we believe it is critical to recognize that it is a violation of international law to block humanitarian aid to innocent civilians living in conflict zones. Therefore, no party to the conflict should prevent the international community from providing humanitarian aid to the people affected by conflict in the Nuba Mountains/South Kordofan and the Blue Nile states, commonly referred to as the Two Areas, of Sudan, or any other area within Sudan. According to multiple UN General Assembly Resolutions, UNOCHA, and the ICRC, humanitarian actions are founded on four guiding principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence. These principles provide the foundation to establishing and maintaining access to affected people in a complex emergency such as armed conflict. If humanitarian assistance relief actions do not follow these principles then the entire operation puts the victims of conflict at risk and humanitarian assistance can become a weapon in furtherance of armed conflict.

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Briefing Public Order Trial: Sentencing of Nuba Women

(5 October 2015) On Thursday 25th of June 2015 around 9:00 p.m. after coming from church in El-Ezba neighborhood (also known as Tayba Al-Hamadab) in Khartoum North, 12 Sudanese women hailing from the Nuba Mountains of the embattled Southern Kordofan State were arrested by the Public Order Police while waiting for public transportation. The women were taken to the Public Order Police station in Al-Sababi neighborhood and informed by police, that they were being arrested under Article 152 of the 1991 Public Order Act, which states that:

“Whoever commits, in a public space, an act, or conducts himself in an indecent manner, or a manner contrary to public morality, or wears an indecent or immoral dress, which causes annoyance to public feelings, shall be punished, with whipping, not exceeding 40 lashes, or with a fine, or with both”

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FIDH, ACJPS and SHRM joint oral statement to UN Human Rights Council 30th Session

(30th September 2015) 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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On the anniversary of protests massacres, the international community must take a strong stand on impunity for widespread human rights abuses in Sudan

International Federation for Human Rights – FIDH
African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies – ACJPS
Sudan Human Rights Monitor – SHRM

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.

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Sudan – Enforced Disappearance of a Political Activist

(16 September 2015)

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.

Read the full letter (English, Arabic).

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NGO Letter regarding human rights situation at 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council

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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Judicial Review of UK Training of Sudan Army in Court

Ali Agab Nour, a Sudanese lawyer and refugee, will challenge the British Government’s decision to provide military training to the Sudanese Army in the High Court.

It is well-documented that the Sudanese Army regularly and systematically perpetrate truly appalling human rights violations including mass rape, ethnic cleansing and indiscriminate aerial bombardment. The senior commanders of the army are indicted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity and genocide. The UK is alone amongst western nations in training the army.

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Al Bashir's escape: South African government should be held accountable for flouting court orders

(17 June 2015) The willful non-compliance by the South African government of a high court order preventing the departure of Sudan President Omar Al Bahir is cause for grave concern for the rule of law in the country. FIDH, ACJPS and LHR were alarmed that despite the court order preventing his exit, Al Bashir – who was attending the African Union summit in South Africa – was able to leave without being arrested and transfered to the International Criminal Court (ICC) where he faces charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

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Sudan forcibly displaces and sets villages on fire in Blue Nile; civilians presumed to be affiliated with rebels detained incommunicado

(17 June 2015) Since April 2015, three villages in Blue Nile, primarily comprised of members of the Ingessana ethnic group, have been burned to the ground by the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) in an apparent attempt to forcibly displace communities perceived to support the rebel Sudanese Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-N). The armed forces have also ordered residents of four villages to relocate from their homes, threatening that those who stay behind will be presumed to be members of the SPLM-N. The attacks have displaced thousands of civilians and destroyed agriculture. On 8 April 2015, the village of Mediam Al Jabal was burnt to the ground, displacing approximately 3,700 civilians. Two further attacks, on Khor Mungra on 10 May and Bau locality on 11 May, displaced approximately 6,018 residents. On 13 May the SAF ordered residents of four nearby villages – Khor Mganza, Daim Masaleet, Alshaheed Afandi and Raieh Balak – to relocate, threatening that anyone remaining behind would be a presumed member of the SPLM – N. Humanitarian access to the area has been severely limited by Sudanese authorities, with only the Sudanese Red Crescent allowed to access displaced communities.

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Dirty bombs in East Jabal Marra and the RSF continued killing and looting the Civilians in Darfur - 14th and 15th April 2015

East Jabal Marra -Dofta village/East of Fanga rea - 14th April

A group of the Rapid Support Forces came to Dofat market and bought some meat from two (2) butchers named (Mohamed Suleiman Musa and Mohamed Abdo-alkareem). When the butchers asked for their money, the RSF opened fire killing the two butchers and walked away.

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Sudanese human rights defender detained on baseless charges and others at risk after armed raid on Khartoum training centre

(18 April 2015) Sudanese human rights defender Adil Bakheit is at risk of a politically motivated trial on baseless charges, including under the category of ‘crimes against the state’ that carry the death penalty, after his laptop was confiscated during an armed raid on the Khartoum-based TRACKS for Training and Human Development. Officers from Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), armed with guns, raided the training centre on 26 March whilst it was hosting a training session on social responsibility. Participants were accused of discussing the boycott of the upcoming General Elections. Property, including four laptop computers and the central computer server, was seized. Two members of staff and a filmmaker present during the workshop have been summoned by the NISS and interrogated on a number of occasions since the raid. Adil Bakheit, a well-known independent human rights trainer, was summoned and charged by the State Security Prosecution Office on 16 April, three weeks after the raid and seizure of his laptop.

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In memory of Osman Hummaida, Sudanese human rights champion, 1962-2014

(17 April 2015) Today marks the one-year anniversary since the untimely passing of Osman Hummaida, Founding Executive Director of the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS), friend and mentor to countless human rights defenders around the world.

Osman worked tirelessly in support of human rights and social justice in Sudan and across Africa. He believed strongly in the principles of human rights and international justice, and was at the forefront of campaigns to build and support strong African regional human rights mechanisms. He was instrumental to the campaigning that led to the referral of the situation in Sudan’s Darfur region to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the eventual issuance of an arrest warrant against Sudanese President Omar Hassan al Bashir for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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Sudan’s Electoral Period Marred by Arrests and Incommunicado Detention; insecurity in Darfur

(17 April 2015) Sudan’s national general elections began on 13 April 2015. Scheduled to end on 15 April, they were extended one day by the National Elections Commission (NEC) to account for low voter turnout.

In the days leading up to and during the elections and the voting period, ACJPS documented a number of violations, apparently aimed at restricting the ability of independent groups and activists to voice dissenting political views from those of the ruling party. Activists affiliated with Irhal (Go!), a campaign established by the opposition coalition, the National Consensus Forces (NCF), calling on supporters to boycott the elections, have been subjected to arbitrary arrest and ill-treatment by security forces.

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Civil Society dismay at decision to deploy observation monitors to Sudan elections

(13 April 2015) We, the undersigned Sudanese and African civil society organizations, write with deep concern about the decision of the African Union Peace and Security Council to send an observation mission to monitor the 13 – 15 April 2015 Sudanese general elections, in direct contradiction to the recommendations of the African Union’s
own pre-elections assessment mission.

Read the ful letter (English, Arabic).

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Letter to African Union on Elections

(27 March 2015) We, the undersigned Sudanese, African and Arab civil society organizations, wish to thank and commend the efforts of the African Union and its various organs under your leadership to bring about a lasting, comprehensive peace to Sudan. We reiterate our support for the proactive stance of the African Union in ensuring that the root causes of Sudan’s crises are addressed.

Read the full letter (English).

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Statement on the Sudanese elections scheduled for April 2015

(5 March 2015) The Sudanese government has announced that it is intent on holding legislative and presidential elections in April 2015. This, despite repeated calls for their postponement by opposition political forces and independent civil society until such time when peace is secured and the national dialogue, which the government itself had announced and that potentially could lead to national consensus around the Constitution and how the country should be governed, might take place. Moreover, the National Elections Commission (NEC) announced it had completed preparations for the elections and set the schedule for all stages. It also announced that several regional and international actors have expressed an interest in monitoring the elections.

Read the full statement (English).

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African Commission should call on Sudan to release prominent activists facing stiff penalties in national security trial

(20 February 2015) Africa’s main human rights body should call on Sudan to ensure the prompt release of two well-known activists who face an unfair trial on 23 February 2015 on charges that carry harsh penalties including life imprisonment, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS), REDRESS, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) said today.

The four human rights organisations submitted a complaint today to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), asking it to take up this case, during its meeting in Banjul, The Gambia, which began on 19 February 2015. The African Commission is charged with monitoring the implementation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights to which Sudan is party.

The complaint concerns distinguished human rights defender Dr. Amin Mekki Medani, former Chairperson of the Sudanese Human Rights Monitor (SHRM), and Mr Farouq Abu Eissa, a political activist who is the Chairperson of the National Consensus Forces, an umbrella of political opposition groups in Sudan.

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Rights groups welcome African Commission’s decision to uphold complaint of human rights defenders tortured in Sudan

(19 February 2015) The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the World Organisation against Torture (OMCT), the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) and REDRESS welcome the decision Africa’s main human rights treaty body has made which recognises Sudan’s obligation to protect human rights defenders and to ensure that their work promoting and protecting the rights of others is not hindered or frustrated.

In an important decision published on 13 February 2015, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) called on Sudan to effectively investigate and prosecute the security and intelligence officers alleged to be responsible for the arbitrary arrest, torture and ill-treatment of three prominent human rights defenders; to reopen and unfreeze the bank accounts of a human rights organisation shut down in connection with the case and to pay them compensation.

Human rights defenders Monim El Jak, Amir Suliman and the late Osman Hummaida were targeted for their supposed cooperation with the International Criminal Court in a pending case against the President of Sudan Omar Al Bashir arising from international crimes committed in Sudan’s Darfur region.

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Urgent statement: Arab Coalition for Sudan and the Arab network reject constitutional violations against some journalists

In a strange phenomenon of its kind, the Sudanese Minister of Energy,
Makkawi Mohamed Awad, summoned the journalist Murtada Ahmed, from
(Alahramsd) newspaper, to interrogate him over publishing a story about the
intention of the Ministry of Energy to free natural gas prices. A similar
incident had taken place by the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, Issa
Bushra, who summoned 15 journalists of those who cover the Parliament's
news. The investigation was about publication of mass resignations from the
cleaning company, entrusted with cleaning services at the parliament and
due to suspension of their salaries.

Read the full statement (English).

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Urgent statement: ACS condemns the arrest of political
leaders and human rights activists

The Arab Coalition for Sudan (ACS) condemns in strong language the arrest
of: D.amin Makki Madani, the lawyer and the international expert in human
rights fields, who is one of the founders of the ACS, Farouk Abu Issa, the
chairman of the oppositional National Consensus Forces (NCF), Farah Agar,
who is the head of the peace organization, development and reconstruction
goals, and a leader in the national forces for change, as well as his assistant
Mohamed Dodo, by the security authorities. The detention took place over
their signing of ' Sudan call' document. ACS also expresses its deep concern
for the health conditions experienced by those detainees.

Read the full statement (English).

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Condemnation of the arrest of journalist Al-Nour Ahmed Al-Nour

Arab Coalition for Sudan (ACS) and the Arab Network for Media
Crises (ANMC) condemn the arrest of journalist Al-Nour Ahmed Al-Nour,
the correspondent for “Al-Hayat” newspaper in Khartoum and the former
editor-in- chief of “Alsahafa” newspaper. Al-Nour was arrested on the
background of a news story in which he alleged that the president has issued a
decree about merging of electricity companies.

Regardless of the validity of the news or not, the judgment in similar cases is
not the competence of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS),
as it is not the affected party by the publication of such news and where it is
well known that, the aggrieved should resort to the judiciary system, not to
mention that procedure by NISS is a blatant violation to Sudan’s constitution
and laws as well as it is a flagrant violation to human rights charters signed by
Sudan.

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Urgent statement:  ACS condemns recent arrests and calls for continuation of the 90 days campaign

National Intelligence and Security Services apparatus (NISS) continued its harsh campaign of systematic arrests of human rights activists, politicians and students in the states of Khartoum and Southern Kordofan, since the beginning of this month. The most prominent and brutal attack was against female students from Darfur inside a students’ residence in Khartoum university, in the second day of Eid al-Adha, they were evicted by force in a barbaric behavior beyond the law and contrary to the customs, morals and benign Sudanese values.

A joint force of police and security forces with support of the "notorious" Rapid Support Forces broke into the students’ residence in order to evacuate it, as implementation of the unjust resolutions of privatization of educational institutions, which creates caste discrimination amid the students. The use of sticks, batons and tear gas resulted in large injuries amid the students, while the security forces arrested more than 30 students, three of whom were released, reported that they have experienced brutal torture, sexual harassment, obscene and racial abuse by the security elements.

Read the full statement (English, Arabic).

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Statement on the situation of Human Rights in Sudan

To: Chairperson and Members of Human Rights Council (HRC), Sudan.

Dear Sirs,
With due respect, we, the undersigned representatives of Darfur civil societies,
submit to you this statement for your consideration. The undersigned Darfur
civil societies consist of the following bodies: internally displaced persons (IDPs),
women, youth, students, media personnel and lawyers from the Darfur Bar
Association.

Read the full letter.

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Stop the Bombardment of Innocent Civilians in Darfur, Nuba Mountains/South Kordofan and Blue Nile

“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” (Elie Wiesel)

(8 September 2014) Expressing our alarm and concern with the ongoing bombardment, loss of innocent lives and destruction of properties and livelihood in Darfur, and Nuba Mountains/South Kordofan and Blue Nile, where the government of Sudan has dropped over 3,000 bombs since April 2012.

Read the full letter.

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An invitation to participate and sign for detainees release in Sudan

(Cairo, September 2, 2014) The Arab Coalition for Sudan (ACS) and the Arab Network for Media Crisis (ANMC), expresses their deep concern about the fate of a number of detainees arrested for political reasons, several numbers of innocent civilians, under the pretext of their being members of the armed movements, have been arrested after each military operation between the government's army and the armed movements in Darfur, South Kordofan and the Blue Nile. Similar campaigns have been waged by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) in a number of Sudan's states, particularly, the state of Khartoum. Some of the detainees were referred to the judiciary on charges punishable by death, whilst some are still under detention without trials. Among those arrested: politicians, journalists, students and human rights activists from various civil society organizations. Detainees included some women. And as a result of physical and psychological cruel torture, the health conditions of some detainees had deteriorated, leaving them in need of health care; whilst their relatives were not even able to visit them to reassure about their health conditions.

Read the full statement (English, Arabic).

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NGO Letter Regarding Human Rights Situation in Sudan at the 27th session of the Human Rights Council

To Permanent Representatives of member and observer states of the UN Human Rights Council.

Read the full letter here.

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Arab Coalition for Sudan and the Arab Network for Media Crisis call for a broad front to defend freedom and protect journalists

(Cairo, July 24, 2014) Arab Coalition for Sudan (ACS) and the Arab Network for Media Crisis (ANMC) condemn the brutal assault against Osman Mirghani, the editor- in -chief of Atayyar newspaper.The attack was carried out by an armed group driving two four wheel drive cars that stormed the newspaper headquarters and attacked him till he lost his consciousness. Mr. Mirghani was transferred to the hospital later.

Read the full statement (English, Arabic)

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The Arabic Network for Media Crisis denounces the continuous
detention of Hassan Essaq

(Cairo, July 3, 2014) The Arab Network for Media Crisis denounces the continuation of detention of Hassan Isaac by the Sudanese authority and expresses its deep
concern over his being brutally tortured by the police; it also confirms the authorities’ responsibility for his safety.

Isaac (31) years old was arrested by the detective police on the tenth of June, from inside El-Nihud city market and during his performance of his duties as a journalist. He was detained and interrogated after the publication of an interview with Ibrahim El-Sheikh, the leader of the Sudanese Congress Party, following a field visit he carried out with the members of his party to residents in North and South Kordofan States, whereas he accused the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) of looting, killing and spreading of fear and anxiety among civilians, which has resulted in his detention.

Read the full statement (English, Arabic).

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The International community must act to end Sudan’s “unprecedented and intense” bombing of civilians

(June 10, 2014) A coalition of 46 organizations providing humanitarian assistance or supporting peace efforts in Sudan has written to the UN Security Council, the African Union Peace and Security Council and the League of Arab States demanding an end to the “targeting of civilians by the Government of Sudan and associated armed militia” and an independent investigation of recent attacks.

According to their letter, the recent bombing has reached an intensity that is “unprecedented” in the history of the conflict in South Kordofan which reached its third year anniversary this month.

Read the full press release (English, Arabic).
Read the full letter to the UN Security Council (English, French).
Read the full letter to the AU (English, Arabic).
Read the full letter to the LAS (English, Arabic).

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African Commission: Investigate Sudan Killings
Fact-finding Mission Needed Into Deaths, Detention of Protesters

(Kampala, November 1, 2013) -- The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) should order a fact-finding mission to investigate the deaths and detention of hundreds of demonstrators, a group of 11 international and African organizations said in a letter made public today.

The organizations called on the African Commission to send a fact-finding mission to investigate human rights abuses in Sudan since demonstrations began on September 23, 2013. At least 170 protesters have died, 15 of them children, and more than 800 others have been detained.

Read the full statement here.

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9 December 2010

CICC: Potential Visit of President Al-Bashir to Senegal: NGOs Press Statement; Related News

In light of unconfirmed reports that Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has been invited by the government of Senegal to participate in the third FESMAN festival, which begins Friday, 10 December 2010, civil society in Senegal has reacted with calls to arrest Al-Bashir if he arrives in the country. This message includes a joint press release issued by Amnesty International Senegal and 6 Senegalese NGOs (I) and related news coverage (II). Please also take note of the Coalition's policy on situations before the ICC (below), which explicitly states that the CICC will not take a position on potential and current situations before the Court or situations under analysis. The Coalition, however, will continue to provide the most up-to-date information about the ICC.

Read the statement here

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April 28: Briefing note from the Darfur Consortium to the African Union

Following the expulsion and suspension of international and national humanitarian and human rights organizations in Darfur and Sudan one month ago, the Darfur Consortium released a briefing note to the African Union.

Consortium members are extremely concerned about the adverse effects the suspension of assistance has on the protection of civilians, the humanitarian situation in Darfur, the protection of human rights in Sudan and the indigenous Sudanese human rights movement in general.

The note calls for the AU to urge the government of Sudan to reconsider its decision to expel foreign aid groups and to facilitate humanitarian efforts, including by appointing a humanitarian envoy. The note also urges the AU to take on the situation of human rights defenders by calling on the government of Sudan to honor its commitments under international law on this issue, and to call on both the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, its Special Rapporteur for Human Rights Defenders and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Human Rights Defenders to monitor and report on the issue. In addition, it urges fuller support for UNAMID.

Read the briefing note here.
In French.

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Statement on the Erosion of the Right of Freedom of Expression in Sudan

Submitted to the 44th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights Abuja, Nigeria

(14 November, 2008) Over the last year repression of freedom of expression and of the media has intensified in Sudan. Daily newspapers have been suspended, printed newspaper editions and equipment confiscated, in addition to increased harassment, arrest, detention and interrogation of journalists and preferring of criminal and civil charges.

In particular, the government authorities have begun to once more employ an old tool to
undermine independent media, a procedure which had not been used since before the
Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). This pre-censorship process involves the
appointment of a security officer attached to each newspaper who every evening
reviews the text of the edition and decides which articles are to be cut or re-written,
columns excised or whole pages and sections removed. On some occasions the entire
edition has been pulled. Where last minute censorship is imposed on a newspaper there is, of course, little which can be done in terms of re-framing, and significant financial and reputation loss can result if the newspaper cannot issue – or indeed more if the entire print run is confiscated. This impact of this practice has been exacerbated by the fact that the censorship criteria are not fixed and it is very difficult to predict and prevent being censored.

Read the statement here

Read the statement in Arabic here.

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October 21, 2008

Consortium Statement to the Tripartite (COMESA, EAC, SADC) Summit

Consortium members write a letter on the historic occasion of the first tripartite summit of the regional economic communities (RECs) of the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Kampala, Uganda on October 22.

COMESA, EAC and SADC and their member States are called upon to consider how they might implement the foundational principles to ensure the protection of civilians in danger in Darfur.

Read the letter here.

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July 30, 2008

The Consortium organized a meeting on Reenergizing the Peace Process in Darfur in Dar es Salaam with the Darfur Relief and Documentation Centre and the East Africa Law Society. The outcome of the meeting is outlined in a Declaration.

Read the Declaration here.

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July 15, 2008

Darfur Consortium responds to application for a warrant for arrest of Sudanese President Omar El-Bashir

The Darfur Consortium calls on all concerned to respect the independence of the International Criminal Court and the integrity of its organs and procedures.

Read the full statement here.

Read the statement in French here.

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Justice for Darfur Calls on UN Security Council to Respond to the Sudan's Failure to Cooperate with the ICC

On June 5, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo, will again brief the United Nations Security Council on the status of the ICC’s Darfur investigation and the status of the outstanding arrest warrants issued last year for Ahmad Harun and Ali Kushayb. The Justice for Darfur campaign is calling on the Security Council to use this occasion to call on Sudan to fulfill its obligations under Resolution 1593 (which referred the situation in Darfur to the ICC) and promptly arrest and surrender to The Hague these two suspects.

Read the full letter.

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Darfur Consortium calls on the Africa Group to continue engagement on Darfur

December 8, 2007

Ahead of the meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva December 13 and 14, the Darfur Consortium addressed members of the African Group calling on them to extend the mandate of the Working Group on Darfur and the Special Rapporteur on Sudan. The consideration of the final report of the Working Group, which had concluded that there was much more work to be done in regards to Darfur. Unfortunately, the Council ultimately decided not to renew the mandate of the Working Group, although it did extend the mandate of the Special Rapporteur

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Letter to League of Arab States signed by various Darfur Consortium members

October 28, 2007

The letter urges the League of Arab States, due to meet in Khartoum on 30-31 October, to consider the human rights issues that are directly endangering the provision of humanitarian assistance in Darfur.

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Read the letter in Arabic.

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The Cairo Declaration for Peace in Darfur

Within the framework of cooperation and solidarity between Arab and African organizations working in the field of human rights, a group of African and Arab organizations organized a Workshop on “Peace in Darfur” and to guarantee the protection of civilians as well as means to help refugees and displaced persons to securely and honorably return to their villages.  The Workshop aimed also to guarantee the respect of human rights in the entire Darfur province, and to render the people implicated in the war crimes and crimes against humanity that were committed in the past and are still being committed in this afflicted province.

The Arab Organization for Human Rights, the Arab Program for Human Rights Activists and the Darfur Consortium, jointly organized this Workshop, which was attended by 31 Arab organizations, the representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as well a group of experts and a number of international observers.

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Human Rights Council, 4th Session, Joint Oral Intervention

22 March, 2007

Delivered by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies

Thank you Mr. President,

The Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences; has reported eloquently on the horrific impact of violence against women in conflict.  But as her report was given, and as this debate continues, thousands of women in Darfur face continual threats of sexual violence. This Council must not delay in addressing the suffering of the people in Darfur. 

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Statement on behalf of North South XXI on Darfur at the Human Right Council

Delivered by Abdelbagi Jibril

North South XXI welcomes the report of the High Level Mission on Darfur. We are pleased to note the HLM has placed protection of civilians in Darfur at the heart of its work. The report is yet another indicting document on the criminal practice of the government of Sudan and its allied militia groups better known as the Janjaweed that are fighting a proxy war on its behalf, alas against innocent civilians including women and children. It is regrettable that the government of Sudan (GoS) adamantly refused to cooperate with the HLM and used all pretexts to hamper its work. This is another futile attempt from the GoS to conceal the truth about what is actually taking place in Darfur. The shape of this Council is becoming ugly as some of its members made the point that they are concerned about questionable procedural matters rather than the lives of millions of helpless civilians in miserable IDP camps in Darfur or across international borders. Such attitude is reprehensible. The GoS should not be allowed to thumb up its nose at the world community in this insulting manner and be escorted free unpunished.

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Read the full statement by Interfaith International.

Darfur Consortium urges Human Rights Council to heed mission report

In a letter issued to members of the Human Rights Council, the Darfur Consortium called on the Council to take note of the mission report and adopt its core recommendations.

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World Social Forum NGOs call for action on Darfur

The following petition gathered more than 500 signatories at the World Social Forum this week in Nairobi:

We, activists, civil society organizations, and other progressives gathered in Nairobi for the 7th World Social Forum, express our deep concern about the ongoing crisis in Darfur. Since the beginning of full blown hostilities in early 2003, the crisis has wreaked unimaginable damage. More than 400,000 civilians have died, more than 3.6 million are “war affected,” dependent on international assistance, more than 3 million have been displaced (the vast majority have remained in Sudan, while others have fled to neighbouring Chad and further abroad.

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(September 17, 2006) Human Rights Organizations Condemn the On-going Deterioration of Humanitarian Situation in Darfur and Call upon the Sudanese Government to Accept the Deployment of the UN Forces

 

 

African Voices

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Action Professionals Association for the People

Aegis Trust Rwanda

African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies

African Center for Development

African Center for Justice and Peace Studies

Africa Internally Displaced Persons Voice (Africa IDP Voice)

African Security Dialogue and Research (ASDR)

African Women's Development and Communications Network (FEMNET)

The Ahueni Foundation

Alliances for Africa

Amman Centre for Human Rights Studies

Andalus Institute for Tolerance

Anti-Slavery International

Arab Coalition for Darfur

Arab Program for Human Rights Activists

Association Africaine de Defense des Droits de l'Homme (ASADHO)

Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies

Centre for Minority Rights Development (CEMIRIDE)

Centre for Research Education and Development of Freedom of Expression and Associated Rights (CREDO)

Citizens for Global Solutions

Conscience International

Conseil National Pour les Libertés en Tunisie

Darfur Alert Coalition (DAC)

Darfur Centre for Human Rights and Development

Darfur Leaders Network (DLN)

Darfur Reconciliation and Development Organization (DRDO)

Darfur Relief and Documentation Centre

East Africa Law Society

Egyptian Organization for Human Rights

Femmes Africa Solidarité

La Fédération Internationale des Droits de l'Homme (FIDH)

Forum of African Affairs (FOAA)

Human Rights First

Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA)

Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa

Institute for Security Studies

Inter-African Union for Human Rights (UIDH)

Interights

International Commission of Jurists (ICJ Kenya)

International Refugee Rights Initiative

Justice Africa

Justice and Peace Commission

Lawyers for Human Rights

Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections

Legal Resources Consortium-Nigeria

Ligue Tunisienne des Droits de l'Homme

Makumira University College, Tumaini University

Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)

Minority Rights Group

National Association of Seadogs

Never Again International

Open Society Justice Initiative

Pan-African Movement

Rencontre Africaine Pour la Defense des Droits de l'Homme (RADDHO)

Sierra Leone STAND Chapter

Sisters' Arabic Forum for Human Rights (SAF)

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP)

Sudan Organization Against Torture (SOAT)

Syrian Organization for Human Rights

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)

Universal Human Rights Network

WARIPNET

Women Initiative Nigeria (WIN)

 
 
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