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: Agather Atuhaire

In late May this year, Agather Atuhaire, via her twitter account, broke the story that the Parliament of Uganda had spent a whopping Shs. 2.8billion to purchase two luxury vehicles for the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker.

Aside from the fact that the expenditure was unnecessary – both the Speaker and her Deputy already have two luxury vehicles for their official duties, the purchase flouted all public procurement procedures, and when Parliament’s contracts committee could not approve the procurement, the members of the committee were fired and new ones immediately appointed to approve the purchase.