Civil society is deeply concerned about reports of shrinking civic space, attacks on freedom of expression, rising militarisation, and ongoing communication disruptions in Sudan, threatening the work of women human rights defenders and women’s rights groups. Read ISHR's and other NGOs' calls to action in the joint letter below.
We, the undersigned Sudanese and international organisations, call on the members of the Human Rights Council to adopt the (proposed) resolution on Sudan, establishing an independent and international fact finding mission, responding to the human rights and humanitarian crisis caused by the ongoing war since 15 April.
National and international feminist and human rights groups reported mounting violations and atrocities in Darfur, Khartoum, Kordofan and Blue Nile states. Atrocities documented included mass killings, sexual violence, ethnically motivated violence in Darfur, forced disappearance and indiscriminate bombardment on civilians areas.
The war in Sudan is considered one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time. Access restrictions on humanitarian aid and lack of safe corridors threaten the lives of millions of people living in catastrophic conditions across Sudan, mostly women and children. More than 5 millions were displaced, thousands of people were killed and injured and dozens were sexually assaulted.
The absence of the State institutions and the rule of law led to worsening human rights violations in the country. Local justice systems and law enforcement institutions collapsed and have not functioned in most of Sudan since the war erupted. There is an essential need for the establishment of an independent and international fact finding mission to investigate human rights violations and collect evidence on abuses, gender-based violence and crimes, and alleged war crimes.
We urge the Council members to support the establishment of this mission to increase Sudanese people’s access to justice and accountability, and enhance the chances of creating a transitional justice process that will support the efforts of peacemaking in Sudan.
- Sudanese Doctors for Human Rights
- Governance Programming Overseas
- Sudanese Women Rights Action (SUWRA)
- Nora center for combating sexual violence
- The Women Guardians Organization
- Almostagbal for Enlightenment and development organization
- The Regional Coalition for Women Human Rights Defenders in SouthWest Asia and North Africa (also known as WHRDMENA)
- International Service for Human Rights
- International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI)
- African Center for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS)
- Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS)
- International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
- Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW)
- Centre for Democracy and Human Rights – CDD Mozambique
- West African Human Rights Defenders Network (WAHRDN/ROADDH)
- Southern African Human Rights Defenders Network (Southern Defenders)
- Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (ACAT) Belgium
- ACAT Germany
- Alalag Press Center
- Choice for Youth and Sexuality
- Civilis Human Rights
- Confederation of Sudanese Civil Society Organizations
- Federal Association of Vietnamese Refugees in the Federal Republic of Germany
- Forum Menschenrechte
- Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
- Global Human Rights Group
- International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Sri Lanka
- International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)
- Journalists and Writers Foundation
- Journalists for Human Rights – JHR – Sudan
- Nazra for Feminist Studies
- Pax Christi Germany
- PAX – Netherlands
- Refugee Council of Australia
- Rights for Peace
- Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network
- Sudan Human Rights Network
- The Regional Centre for Training and Development of Civil Society (RCDCS)
- Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG)
- Way Organization
- WILPF Germany
- Women Human Right Defender Coalition Darfur
- Women of Sudanese Civic and Political Groups (MANSAM)
- Yemen Organization for Defending Rights & Democratic Freedoms
- Yemeni Institute for Strategic Studies
The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights concluded its 77th Ordinary Session held in Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania from 20 October to 9 November 2023. During the session, the Commission renewed its Bureau. It received solemn declarations from elected and re-elected members and launched several documents and newsletters, among others.
ISHR and Outright International celebrate the adoption by United Nations Third Committee Member States today of a resolution on elections and democratic processes that, for the second time, specifically includes sexual orientation and gender identity as prohibited grounds of discrimination in people’s right to participate in public affairs.