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Do not support Sudan’s candidacy to UN rights council, HRW tells AU members


July 12, 2012 (WASHINGTON) - Sudan and Ethiopia, which are known for their poor human rights records, do not deserve to occupy two uncontested seats on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the African Union (AU), says Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Overview of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneve (Reuters)

HRW disclosed, on Friday, a letter it sent to the foreign ministers of AU member states urging them to reconsider a recent decision of the African Group in New York to endorse the candidacies of Sudan and Ethiopia in the upcoming United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) elections for membership of the UNHCR.

The decision implies that all other AU member states are not allowed to compete for the seats of the African group, but they should all back during the Sudan and Ethiopia candidacies besides other three countries the next UNGA elections

"Given the poor performance of their governments on protecting human rights, we believe it would be contrary to the provisions of this resolution for countries such as Ethiopia and Sudan to be endorsed as unchallenged candidates to serve on the Human Rights Council," said HRW letter to the foreign ministers.

UN General Assembly resolution 60/251, which established the Human Rights Council, provides that: "Members elected to the Council shall uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights".

"By endorsing their questionable candidacies, the AU would undermine the work of the council by tarnishing its membership, and turn its back on victims of abuses in these countries," said Hassan Shire Sheikh, director of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project.

Yesterday HRW and Amnesty International (AI) condemned the arbitrary arrests, detentions, torture and ill-treatment of peaceful protesters and urged Sudan to respect the freedom of expression. Khartoum is criticised for the severe censorship on the press and repeated arrest of national or foreign journalists.

The human rights groups also pointed out Sudan refusal to allow humanitarian access to the rebel held areas in South Kordofan and Blue Nile. The letter also underscored Sudan’s refusal to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) over crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide in Darfur.

Next November, the UNHRC will renew 18 of it 47 seats . The African group which has 5 of the 18 agreed to back the candidatures of Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Sierra Leone, and Sudan.

Addis Ababa also is criticised for restricting the operating environment for human rights defenders, and using repressive legislation, including its 2009 Anti-Terrorism law, to convict, intimidate, and silence dissenting voices in the independent media, political opposition, and civil society.


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  • 13 July 2012 09:03, by omoni jr.

    Women are always used as stepping stool!!

    • 13 July 2012 09:11, by Ker.

      yes they don,t deserve it give it to the young nation

      • 13 July 2012 09:59, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        Ker,we can not support the new nation blindly like that,soon or later the new nation will follow the two nations acuse of Human Right violation,see what has took place in Jonglei State, beating to death of the Chairman for Civil activist,some unreasonable arest to Journelist,Life threating to the members of Civil activist life,etc what can you said on those proves?


    • 13 July 2012 11:02, by daniell

      I would let them get into UN rights councils maybe it will bring different human rights perspectives to government of North Sudan and Ethiopia.With the situation of Danfur,Blue Nile,Northern Kordofan deteriorating every week it is the time Bashir’s goernment join the world communities and learn about what it means to be the leader of people for people.To learn how to be a respectful leader.Thanks.

  • 13 July 2012 09:23, by Northern Sudanese

    Don’t worry Sudan may still enter this council, we got our backing from African Union and Arab league which can help. i didn’t even know that we were candidates?

    • 13 July 2012 17:13, by zulu

      North Sudanese,
      It will be a flirtery of Justice. A nation that has no compunction towards ethics, leave alone justice and morality? it will be a joke to south sudan, nuba mountains, darfur, blue nile, the students. stoning of women as justice, genital mutilation, torture, rape, stealing south sudanese oil etc, could warrant a ticket to Lucifer’s candidacy for sudan.

  • 13 July 2012 09:37, by mohamed mahgoub

    I m stunt to learn this Ethiopia is not my business but I know my country ,remember Sir alkhatim who headed the Arab league monitors in Syria and met with outrage from the people there which led his mysterious resigation ! Bombing women and children in S K and B N and starve them to death ,many officials in the govnt wanted by ICC ,arresting many journalists ,closing newspapers! How come!

    • 13 July 2012 17:17, by zulu

      Mahjoub, there is no remote possibility that sudan can gain candidacy. Before the separation of south sudan, sudan’s economy would buy the stupid africans. but now, as there is no money even to feed its own people, no petro dollars, i think the hungry africans rather support somalia.

      • 14 July 2012 20:56, by homeboy

        Zulu,maybe they don’t regard Sudanese as humans according to the article they already did endorse the Sudan candidate. goes without saying birds of the same feather flock together .

  • 13 July 2012 09:51, by katnyokarieu

    Circumiscing women in sudan is violeting human body right, it force woman to be incented urinary tube. Playing sex with another man living women behind thirsty in vagina.

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