SOAS University of London

Professor Mashood Baderin appointed UN Independent Expert on human rights in the Sudan

3 April 2012
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Professor Mashood Baderin of the School of Law has been appointed the UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC). The appointment was announced at the end of its 19th Session in Geneva on 23 March 2012.

For the next 12 months, Professor Baderin will be responsible for engaging with the Government of the Sudan with a view of identifying areas of assistance that will aid the country to fulfil its human rights obligations. He is required to submit a report to the HRC for consideration at its twenty-first session.

Professor Baderin who is a specialist in human rights and Islamic law, said he felt honoured but very humbled by the international recognition.  “I am determined to fulfill the responsibilities of the mandate most diligently and effectively,” he said.

The Consultative Group of the HRC, who selected Baderin for the role, said about his appointment: "Mr. Baderin has extensive academic and in-country experience as a specialist in human rights and Islamic law. The Consultative group was impressed by Mr. Baderin's awareness of the issues specific to the situation in the Sudan, his ability to express a clear focused and practical approach to the mandate and his knowledge of the legal and cultural context.”

The Group also remarked in particular on his ability to articulate the relationship between Islamic law and culture within Sudan.

Professor Baderin’s responsibilities are outlined under paragraph 11 of the HRC Resolution 18/16. He performed similar duties in 2003 and 2008 for the Department for International Development (DIFD) as a specialist on scoping visits for the UK Government's ‘Safety and Access to Justice Project’ in the Sudan.

Read more about this on the UN website.

View webcast of the HRC announcement of Professor Baderin’s appointment on the UN website.