Home | News    Sunday 17 May 2015

Sudan says US sanctions largest violation of human rights


May 16, 2015 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government reiterated its severe criticism of unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States and described it as the main reason for the deterioration in the human rights situation.

Sudan’s minister for justice, Mohamed Bushara Dousa, at the 27th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 24 September 2014 (Photo: UN/Jean-Marc Ferré)

Each year, Washington routinely renews economic sanctions imposed on Khartoum since 1997 over allegations of human rights abuses and support of terrorism.

Despite Khartoum’s cooperation on counterterrorism issues since 2001, the US has maintained and even stiffened the sanctions due to the new conflict which erupted in Sudan’s western region of Darfur.

At a symposium titled "Unilateral sanctions and their impact on humans in Sudan" held at Sharjah Hall in Khartoum on Saturday, the Sudanese Justice Minister Mohamed Bushara Dousa urged the United Nations Independent Expert on Human Rights Aristide Nononsi, who was present, to refrain from submitting his report to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in a political light.

Dousa urged Nononsi to build the report based on the figures and statistics prepared by experts present at the forum which laid out the adverse impact of US sanctions on vital sectors of the economy.

"If you want to succeed and come right before UNHRC which tasked you with this job, I hope that you would consider the issue of unjust sanctions imposed by the US and other countries," he said.

The minister decried what he called US chasing of international and regional institutions that deal with Sudan financially and in the service sector which sometimes resulted in sanctions for these companies.

He described institutions that bow to US pressure as “weak”.

A newspaper reported last week that 36 Arab, European and Asian banks suspended dealings with the Sudanese-French Bank.

An official at the bank told al-Tareeq newspaper that no longer receives transfers from outside Sudan, especially those from the US and Europe after intermediary banks halted their dealings with Sudan for fear of US sanctions which exacerbated the issue of financial transfers to and from Sudan.

The Sudanese French Bank was one of three Sudanese banks receiving remittances in foreign currencies from abroad after obtaining special permission from the US Treasury Department to service humanitarian agencies.

Sudan’s justice minister called for pressing Washington and informing them that "human rights in Sudan are excellent except for what the US has imposed economic sanctions on".

He asserted that the sanctions pose the biggest violation of Sudanese citizens’ human rights and that should they be lifted human rights situation would be strengthened.

The minister said the annual UNHRC meeting in Geneva ends up being the "dialogue of the deaf" because it is based on political issues.

"We always get buried in issues of arrests, trials and prisons and leave out the key issues which affect everything, even sports," Dousa said.

An official at the Sudanese Ministry of Electricity by the name of Salah Gabu said that sanctions reduced coverage of residential sector from 22% in 2007 to only 5%.

Gabu added that between 6-8% of the population only enjoy electricity services with the main reason being economic sanctions.

"The average power outage times in the world only 1.5% while in Sudan its 33% due to its dependence on US software which cannot be obtained because of the sanctions," he said.

The national center for mine action in Sudan Amer Abdel-Sadek said the US sanctions hindered the government’s efforts to declare Sudan a mine-free zone.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

Invisible female victims of armed militia attacks in Darfur 2021-01-08 15:19:56 By SIHA Network* On October 19th 2020, an armed group burned down the IDP camps of Oum Assal, Babanousa and Om Zegerat in Gerida locality. Gerida locality is composed of a number of villages (...)

Account Inventory for December Revolution in Sudan 2020-12-19 20:34:35 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman This article comes against the backdrop of Sudan's Third Revolution as some like to call it, two years later during which Much has been achieved but risks still remain, (...)

SPLM pinning tales of lies to cover up failures! 2020-12-17 20:03:56 by: Khor Dol Kai It should be very clear, by now, that no single progress will be made or ever made-whether in short or long run-to reverse the damages already done and the seeds of division (...)


Latest Press Releases

Sudan: Performing arts is not a crime, assaulting women and artists is! 2020-09-20 08:54:28 The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) Sudan is still struggling with militant Islamist ideology KHARTOUM: Central Khartoum Primary Court issued a verdict against five (...)

Civil Society Statement in Response to The Law of Various Amendments 2020-08-14 07:11:00 A Collaborative Civil Society Statement in Response to The Law of Various Amendments (Abolishing and Amending Provisions Restricting Freedom) – Exposing ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ Sudanese women (...)

Remarks by SRF leaders at the Friend of Sudan meeting on peace 2020-08-13 07:58:58 Chairman of the Friends of Sudan Conference, Your Excellency, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, The Prime Minister of Sudan and the participating team from the (...)


Copyright © 2003-2021 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.