UN Human Rights Council: Gravely Deteriorating Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Sudan

A joint  letter to permanent representatives of members and observer states of the UN Human Rights Council expressing serious concerns about the deteriorating human rights situation in Sudan, marked by harsh political repression and continued impunity.

To read the full letter click: NGO Letter HRC 30 – Situation in Sudan 02.09.2015

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Human Rights Defender of the Month: Anny Kapenga

As a young student, Anny Kapenga used to cringe at the cult-like worship of Mobutu Sese Seko, the then Zaire’s President. By then, in the early 1990s, Zaire was still under one party rule, and calls were increasing for Mobutu to open political space to allow other parties to operate. In the meantime, however, all Zairians were expected to show affection for Mobutu wherever they gathered in public.

Students across Zaire’s schools were required to sing and dance adoringly before his (Mobutu)’s portrait every morning before they went to class, and all school scholastic materials were emblemed with his portrait. A young Anny never really appreciated the obsession:

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