Over the past year, the state of human rights in Sudan has sharply declined, with excessive force being used against peaceful protestors in Khartoum and other cities across the country and acts of intimidation and arbitrary arrests being committed against human rights defenders and journalists. Newspapers and NGO offices have also been shut down, as threats to fundamental freedoms mount.
In this context, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies presented an oral intervention at the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, expressing its concern over the situation. The intervention was made in coordination with the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project and the African Center for Justice and Peace Studies.
The intervention referred to the severe humanitarian situation which has been exacerbated by continued violence in the South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, as well as in Darfur. Refugees arriving from these regions to South Sudan continue to report air strikes on villages as well.
The intervention called on the government of Sudan to fully cooperate with the Independent Expert on Sudan and urged the Human Rights Council to renew his mandate and to ensure that he is granted unhindered access to monitor and report on the human rights situation in all areas of Sudan and to consult with all stakeholders to allow for the effective fulfillment of his mandate. Mentioned that CIHRS had been presented to the also written intervention on human rights in Sudan.
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