5 March 2014
Mashood Baderin, Professor of Law at SOAS, University of London, has completed his fourth mission to the Sudan in his capacity as the UN Independent Expert on human rights in the Sudan.
Although Professor Baderin acknowledged the Government’s “commitment, openness to constructive dialogue and demonstration of positive political will” during the visit, he expressed deep concern that reports have not yet been issued on last year’s oil subsidy demonstrations, which resulted in killings, injuries, arrests and detentions, and destruction of property.
Professor Baderin reiterated his urgent call on the Government of the Sudan, the armed movements and the international community to bring an end to conflicts that lead to human rights violations, and to resort instead to dialogue in settling the armed confrontation.
The scholar emphasised the importance of the role of international agencies in supporting the Sudan’s effort to fulfil its human rights obligations and commended the Minister for Justice’s and the Minister for Foreign Affairs’ commitment to sustain the continued good relations between UN agencies and the Government.