The Human Rights Council should extend its support to, and scrutiny of, Sudan

In a letter released ahead of the 48th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC48), 38 Sudanese, African, and international civil society organisations highlight the need for the Coun­cil to both continue supporting human rights reforms in Sudan and maintain human rights moni­tor­ing and reporting. 

They suggest that the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) continue reporting to the Council on a yearly basis, and that its reports form a basis for debates. 

While the last two and a half years have brought about significant changes, Sudan continues to face significant human rights, humanitarian, political, economic, social, and health challenges, the signatories write. 

“In this context, the Human Rights Council has a responsibility to keep Sudan high on its list of priorities and to contribute to meaningful progress in the country. For its part, in line with its announced ‘full cooperation policy’ and the positive steps it has taken in multilateral arenas, the Sudanese Government should con­tinue to use all possible avenues of work with the UN human rights system. It should continue to send positive signals to the international community by taking the lead in the development and adoption of a resolution,” they write. 

 

Read the full letter in English / Version française.

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