Khartoum, 28 January, 2022 / 12:30 pm (ACI Africa).
UK-based Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has joined over 50 organizations that are pushing the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to illegitimize the actions of the Sudanese military who seized power in a coup on 25 October 2021 amid reported human rights abuses.
Signatories to the letter addressed to the Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UNHRC urge the States to ensure that Sudan’s upcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR) scheduled to take place on February 1 “does not legitimize the unconstitutional actions of the Sudanese military” who have been accused of violating human rights amid the unrest that followed the coup.
In a Wednesday, January 26 report, CSW’s Founder President Mervyn Thomas implores the UN human rights agency to inspect what he refers to as a deteriorating human rights situation in the Northeast African country, with most ills being blamed on the country’s military.
“While it has not been possible to delay this important review of Sudan’s human rights record, it is essential that UN Member and Observer States ensure that the review does not confer legitimacy on the Sudanese military in any way,” Mr. Mervyn says.
He adds, “The Council must maintain scrutiny on the continuing deterioration of the human rights situation in Sudan, and hold the military accountable for the egregious violations it has perpetrated since seizing power undemocratically in October 2021.”