DWAG is gravely dismayed with the re-election of Sudan to the United Nations Human Rights Council. This election violates conditions for membership formally stipulated by the Council themselves. Sudan remains under the leadership of an illegitimate government that committed and continues to commit gross violations of human rights.
KHARTOUM OCTOBER 18: Darfur Women Action Group (DWAG) is gravely dismayed with the re-election of Sudan to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) for a second term. This election violates conditions for membership formally stipulated by the Council (which are to respect the highest standards of human rights).
The fact Sudan received a suspension from the African Union (AU) in light of the army coup last year and yet won re-election to the HRC this year further demonstrates a lack of consistency.
Sudan was initially elected to the HRC in October 2019 after a civilian-led government formed under Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. However, the October 25 military coup last year toppled the civilian-led government. As of now, Sudan remains under the leadership of an illegitimate government that committed and continues to commit gross violations of human rights and international humanitarian laws.
These atrocities included excessive violence against peaceful protesters (including the firing of live rounds and killings of protesters) and the harassment, forced disappearances, and arbitrary detention of journalists and activists. The shameful re-election of Sudan to the HRC blatantly ignores the reality that Sudanese people on the ground face today.
It is imperative that the international community stands with the people of Darfur and Sudan, not the government, by prioritizing accountability, protection of human rights, and respect for human dignity in Sudan. The international community’s embrace of Sudan’s re-election to the United Nations Human Rights Council signals that they show little to no regard for international human rights law. It’s worth noting that the international community’s condemnation and rejection of the coup showed its solidarity with the people of Sudan.
However, as time passed, even though the regime continues to commit crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide, this re-election shows the world embraces the current Sudanese government. DWAG urges the international community to take strong accountability measures and to pressure Sudan to stop the ongoing genocidal violence immediately in Darfur, attacks on protestors, and all kinds of human rights violations.
Darfur Women Action Group (DWAG) is a women-led anti-atrocities nonprofit organization, founded in 2009 by a Darfuri genocide survivor to amplify the voices and empower the affected communities and to provide a platform for interested stakeholders to work on advancing its unique goals.
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