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01 Feb 2016 description
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Government forces committed serious attacks against civilians, including widespread killings, rape, and destruction of property, in the conflicts in Darfur, South Kordofan, and Blue Nile states. Sudanese authorities restricted civil society and independent media, and suppressed protests and demonstrations. President Omar al-Bashir was re-elected in April 2015 in a poll that did not meet international standards for free and fair elections. Sudan has yet to adopt a constitution since the Comprehensive Peace Agreement’s six-year interim period ended in 2011.

27 Jan 2016 description
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World Report 2016: ‘Politics of Fear’ Threatens Rights

Terror Attacks, Refugee Crisis, and Broad Global Crackdown

(Istanbul, January 27, 2016) – The politics of fear led governments around the globe to roll back human rights during 2015, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2016.

16 Dec 2015 description
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Police Take 800 From Protest Camp to Airport

(Amman) – Jordanian authorities on December 16, 2015, detained and said they will deport about 800 Sudanese asylum seekers back to Sudan. The vast majority of Sudanese in Jordan come from the Darfur region and fled to Jordan to escape ongoing conflict there.

20 Nov 2015 description
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The beggar-thy-neighbor border policies that have characterized much of the European response to the refugee crisis seem to be getting even worse.

Four Western Balkan governments have now blocked asylum seekers and migrants of certain nationalities from entering their territory, effectively barring them from accessing asylum procedures. As a result, people are once again trapped at European borders.

10 Nov 2015 description
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Border Control Goals at Summit Shouldn’t Undermine Access to Protection

(Brussels) – Leaders of European and African countries should ensure that intensified migration cooperation does not come at the expense of respect for human rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Over 60 heads of state from the two regions will gather on November 11, 2015, in Valletta, Malta, for a two-day summit the European Union sought with African nations, to discuss the refugee and migration crisis.

15 Sep 2015 description
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Mary Wareham
Advocacy Director, Arms Division

09 Sep 2015 description
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Special Force Rampages in Darfur UN, AU Should Urgently Increase Civilian Protection

03 Sep 2015 description

Weapons used in five countries—a rate unseen since global ban entered into force

The Cluster Munition Monitor 2015, released in Geneva on September 3, finds that cluster munitions have been used in five countries since July 1, 2014. This is most use recorded since the Oslo Treaty[1] banning the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of cluster munitions worldwide came into force in 2010.

28 Aug 2015 description
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Uphold Free Speech, Assembly

(Kampala) – Sudanese security agents have arrested, detained, and interrogated at least 17 members of opposition parties since early August 2015. Most of those arrested are affiliated with the Sudanese Congress Party (SCP), which has an active student and youth wing and conducts public rallies and events.

17 Aug 2015 description
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Poor Record in Several Member States

(Johannesburg, August 17, 2015) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) should take concrete steps to improve respect for human rights among member states and strengthen regional human rights institutions, Human Rights Watch said today. Heads of state of the SADC’s 15 members will meet on August 17 and 18, 2015, in Gaborone, Botswana, for their 35th summit.

10 Aug 2015 description
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(Nueva York) – Las Naciones Unidas y los países miembros deberían abordar los problemas que enfrentan las mujeres en situaciones de conflicto armado en todo el mundo, señaló Human Rights Watch en un informe difundido hoy. Este año se cumple el 15.º aniversario de la histórica Resolución 1325 del Consejo de Seguridad sobre las mujeres, la paz y la seguridad, que será debatida por dicho consejo en octubre de 2015.

10 Aug 2015 description
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Il faut faciliter la participation politique et améliorer les services destinés aux victimes de viol

(New York) – Les Nations Unies et les pays membres devraient s’attaquer aux problèmes auxquels les femmes du monde entier sont exposées dans les situations de conflit armé, a déclaré Human Rights Watch dans un rapport publié aujourd’hui. Cette année marque le 15ème anniversaire de la Résolution 1325 du Conseil de sécurité, une résolution historique consacrée aux femmes, à la paix et à la sécurité, qui sera débattue au Conseil de sécurité en octobre 2015.

02 Aug 2015 description
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UN: Act to Empower Women in Conflicts

Enable Political Participation, Improve Services for Rape Victims

(New York) – The United Nations and member countries should tackle problems that women in armed conflict endure around the world, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. This year marks the 15th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325, a landmark resolution on women, peace, and security, which the Security Council will debate in October 2015.

11 Jun 2015 description
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Security Council Should Ensure Better Protection, Human Rights Reporting

07 May 2015 description
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Dying From Attacks, Hunger, Disease

(Nairobi, May 7, 2015) – The Sudanese government’s persistent indiscriminate air attacks in the Nuba Mountains area of Southern Kordofan are killing and maiming children, Human Rights Watch said today. An aid blockade is causing a health and education crisis in the conflict-affected region.

29 Apr 2015 description
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Free Those Held Arbitrarily; Investigate Abuses

(Nairobi) – Security forces in Sudan arrested dozens of opposition party members, students, and political activists, in the lead up to, during, and after national elections, April 13 to 16, 2015.

16 Apr 2015 description
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End Indiscriminate Bombing

(Nairobi) – Evidence indicates that Sudan dropped cluster bombs on civilian areas of Southern Kordofan’s Nuba Mountains in February and March 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. Cluster munitions are indiscriminate weapons banned under the Convention on Cluster Munitions that Sudan has yet to join.

14 Apr 2015 description
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Secretary General’s Report Highlights Rape, Sexual Slavery, Forced Marriage

11 Feb 2015 description
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UN, AU Should Press for Protection, International Investigation

(New York, February 11, 2015) – Sudanese army forces raped more than 200 women and girls in an organized attack on the north Darfur town of Tabit in October 2014, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU) should take urgent steps to protect civilians in the town from further abuses.

29 Jan 2015 description
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Military Attacks on Civilians, Deepening Repression as World Turns Away