HRC45 Oral statement during the Enhanced interactive dialogue on Independent Expert report on Sudan

Press release

UN Human Rights Council – 45th session

Enhanced interactive dialogue on Independent Expert report on Sudan

2 October 2020

Madam President,

FIDH and its member organisations in Sudan, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) and Sudan Human Rights Monitor, thank the Independent Expert (IE) for his work on the human rights situation in Sudan.

Our organisations welcome the positive developments, in terms of peace process, legal reforms, women and girls’ rights, and the efforts towards accountability for corruption and human rights violations.

We also welcome the operationalisation of the OHCHR country office, with field presences, and encourage the transitional authorities to continue their cooperation to address key human rights challenges in the country.

In this regards, we remain concerned over the question of accountability, as a lot needs to be done for a meaningful and effective transitional justice process, and to bring perpetrators to justice for serious crimes committed in Darfur, and more recently in Khartoum on 3rd June 2019. Transitional authorities should fully cooperate with the International Criminal Court on relevant cases. We are also concerned that the security situation remains volatile, in particular in armed conflict areas where there is still a large number of internally displaced persons, and most recently in Eastern Sudan where civilians were attacked and killed as a result of tribal conflicts [1] .

Considering the fragile political and security situation, we encourage the HRC to provide further assistance to the transitional authorities and ensure continued public debates, in particular by mandating the OHCHR to monitor and report on the human rights situation in the country.

Thank you.

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