Sudan: public debates on the human rights situation are needed

Following the military coup of 25 October 2021, the UN Human Rights Council took urgent action and adopted a resolution re­ques­ting the High Commis­sioner for Human Rights to designate an Expert on Human Rights in the Sudan. 

Ahead of the Council’s 50th session (HRC50, 13 June-8 July 2022), a large group of NGOs urge states to ensure continued attention to Sudan’s human rights situation. In a letter released today, the 54 signatories argue that “[w]hile the Expert’s mandate is ongoing, a resolution is required for the Council to hold public de­bates and continue to formally discuss the situation.” They insist that budget allocations are required for this to happen. 

As the de facto military authorities are consolidating their power and human rights violations continue, including against peaceful protesters and in Darfur and other conflict areas, the world’s top human rights body should ensure that Sudan-focused public debates continue to be held. 


Read the letter in English (French version / version française).


Human Rights Defender of the month: Esther Tawiah

In Ghana, Esther Tawiah is one of the loudest voices for women empowerment and gender. It is also why she is one of the most loathed. Born and raised in New-Tafo in the country’s eastern region, Esther grew up surrounded by a culture that frowned at the idea of women participating in public affairs, and witnessed firsthand, the backlash those who dared to challenge that cultural norm faced.

“I grew up in a society where ageism and sexism were so entrenched. As a young person, you weren’t supposed to give your opinion on public issues, especially if you were a woman. Women who dared to speak up were caricatured and branded as frustrated, unmarriageable prostitutes, all designed to shut them up,” she says.