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To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council

Geneva, Switzerland

4 September 2018

Re: Addressing the serious human rights and humanitarian situation in Sudan

Excellencies,

(Geneva, August 3, 2018) - On July 26, 2018, Alkarama, along with the Arab Media Crisis Network and the Arab Coalition for Sudan – ACS, requested the intervention of several UN experts in the case of Ahmed Abakar, a journalist who has been harassed, threatened and banned from working by the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS).

Geneva (April 11, 2018) – On April 10, 2018, Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir issued a decree “setting free all political detainees in the country,” state media organisation Sudan News Agency reported.

Sudan
Our concerns
  • Use of force and violence against peaceful demonstrators, including the use of live ammunition and sexual violence;
  • Lack of investigation and mechanisms to ensure the criminal accountability of perpetrators of serious violations of the right to life, resulting in a persistent climate of impunity;
  • Judicial harassment of journalists, political opponents and human rights activists as well as restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly;
  • Systematic use of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, in particular during periods of secret detention;
  • Violation of the right to a fair trial, in particular against political opponents and peaceful activists, as well as in terrorism and security-related cases.

 

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Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (UNCAT)
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