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: Alex Njenga John

Alex Njenga has always believed in egalitarianism both as a principle and as a tool for justice. As a result, he has always been suspicious of, and at times hostile to social prejudices that treat some people as “more equal than others,” – to use a line from George Orwell’s famed political fable, Animal Farm.

Some of the experiences that have shaped his social and political outlook have been personal. As an adolescent in Kenya’s Uasin Gishu County, Alex was stigmatised and denied healthcare after he identified himself as belonging to Kenya’s sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) community.