The UN should not recognise the representatives of Sudan’s de facto military regime

In a letter sent to the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, the Director of the UN Office at Geneva, and the President of the UN Human Rights Council today, a group of NGOs express their utmost concern over the Human Rights Council’s decision to allow newly designated representatives of Sudan to prepare for the country’s human rights re­view (UPR) in lieu of the civilian-led Transitional Government representatives. 

The signatories draw UN officials’ attention to the legal and political implications of the decision and warn against legitimising officials appointed by the illegal military regime as represen­tatives of Sudan. 

They urge the Human Rights Council, in particular, to consider suspending the UPR review of Sudan. 


Read the full letter


Human Rights Defender of the month: Veronica Almedom

Veronica Almedom is a poster child of successful immigration. A duo Eritrean and Swiss citizen, she was born in Italy, and grew up in Switzerland where she permanently resides. Her parents are some of the earliest victims of Eritrea’s cycles of violence. When Eritrea’s war of independence peaked in the early 1980s, they escaped the country as unaccompanied minors, wandering through Sudan, Saudi Arabia, before making the hazard journey across the Mediterranean into Europe. There, they crossed first to Italy, and finally, to Switzerland, where they settled first as refugees, and later, as permanent residents.