9th Session of the Human Rights Council on the situation of human rights in the Sudan - 8 to 26 September 2008

FAS made a statement on the situation of Human Right in Sudan, 8th to 26th Sept'08 at the Palais de Nations in Geneva, Switzerland

FAS congratulated the President on his election and extended a warm and sincere welcome to the High Commissioner. We supported the High Commissioner in her advocacy for a human rights system that was effective and devoid of racial and gender discrimination. We concurred with the High Commissioner, that not all injustices can be phased out but that we were obligated to alleviate them and prevent further occurrences as well as by holding the perpetrators accountable.

We valued the findings of the Special Rapporteur on the situation on human rights in the Sudan, Ms. Sima SAMAR, which explicitly demonstrated the need for collaboration and partnership among the various stakeholders and we supported the recommendations, particularly called for the ratification of the remaining international instruments for the protection of Human Rights, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

Following a recent mission to Sudan in particular to Darfur and speaking out of experience, Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) called on all the stakeholders dealing with conflict resolution and peace building to consider women's human security needs, by facilitating and supporting their full participation in peace negotiations. In order to maintain their peace agenda into the process, we encouraged the Government to ratify the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People's Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, and to implement United Nations SCR 1325 and United Nations SCR 1820 at all levels.

The efforts to consolidate and sustain peace in Darfur were better placed in a bottom-up approach which should have been included as a gender perspective. We thanked the Women of Sudan for their willingness to contribute to the process. We appealed to the International Community to support the various on going consultation processes, the upcoming ‘Sudanese Women's Forum on Darfur' which resulted from the 1st Africa Women's Consultation on Darfur held in Addis Ababa, January, 2008. The women are still demanding for peace, security justice and reparation specifically for victims of sexual violence.

As we celebrated the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), assessed the achievements and challenges, the plight of the Sudanese women should not be forgotten.

At the end we thanked Mr. President.