As we celebrate the International Day for Ending Violence Against Women and WHRDs Day during the 16 days of activism to End Violence Against Women, we salute the courageous Sudanese women fighting for freedom and equality. We stand in solidarity with their struggle for democratic change, justice and peace.
A year after the military takeover, Sudanese women are facing an unprecedented crisis with escalating gender based violence (GBV), conflicts, hunger and political instability. Women protesters continue to lead resistance movements at the frontlines, demanding sustainable democratic change.
A Sudanese woman was sentenced to death by stoning. We call on relevant UN Special Procedures, mandate holders and the OHCHR to take action to urge Sudanese authorities to overturn this sentence, end violations of the international human rights law, and respect the State obligations to protect women and human rights.
Sudan presented its report in the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review. ISHR delivered a joint statement on behalf of MENA Women Human Rights Defenders Coalition, Sudan Women Rights Action and Nora Center for Combating Sexual Violence, urging Sudan to implement effective measures to guarantee the rights of protesters, women human rights defenders and the rights of women and girls. Furthermore, Sudan must accept and implement all recommendations.
On 15 June 2022, the Human Rights Council held the interactive dialogue on the report of the High Commissioner on the situation of human rights since, and human rights violations and abuses committed during, the period of the military takeover in the Sudan. ISHR delivered a joint statement on behalf of MENA Women Human Rights Defenders Coalition, Sudan Women Rights Action and Nora Center for Combating Sexual Violence, on the situation of women and human rights in Sudan to shed light on the struggle for equality, freedom and democracy.
Women journalists and protesters are doing a vital work to advance democracy and human rights in Sudan. They should be supported but instead, State police attacks and intimidates them. This must change!
ISHR joins civil society organisations in calling on Sudan to end the attacks against Sudanese women protestors and WHRDs following the military coup.
At the 49th session of the HRC, ISHR delivered a joint statement with MENA Women Human Rights Defenders Coalition, Sudan Women Rights Action and Nora Center for Combating Sexual Violence, highlighting the grave human rights violations against women and women human rights defenders (WHRDs) in Sudan.
ISHR joins civil society groups in calling for international accountability, an end to impunity for SGBV and an end to emergency laws in Sudan.
ISHR joins civil society groups in calling for the immediate release of Sudanese women human rights defenders in detention, and accountability for the crimes committed against them.