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UN Body Should Press for Inquiry

One Year On, No Justice for Protester Deaths

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"Make their lives miserable": Israel’s coercion of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers to leave Israel

Some returning Sudanese have faced torture, arbitrary detention, and treason charges in Sudan for setting foot in Israel, while returning Eritreans also face a serious risk of abuse.

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Darfur: UN Should End Silence on Rights Abuses

Improve Reporting on Violations, Protection of Civilians

(New York) – The United Nations Security Council should direct the African Union/United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) to improve human rights monitoring and public reporting when it renews the mission’s mandate. The Security Council is expected to act on the mandate during the week of August 25, 2014.

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UN: Investigate Alleged Darfur Cover-Ups

Strengthen Peacekeeping Mission’s Rights Reporting, Civilian Protection

(New York, June 25, 2014) – The United Nations secretary-general should investigate alleged cover-ups and manipulation of human rights reporting by the African Union/UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Human Rights Watch said today. On June 17, 2014, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), in her report to the UN Security Council, called for a “thorough, independent and public inquiry” into the alleged reporting problems.

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End Arbitrary Detention of Activists

Investigate Allegations of Torture, Abuse

(Nairobi) – The Sudanese government should immediately charge or release recently detained political activists, and investigate all allegations that they have been subjected to torture and ill-treatment, the African Center for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS), Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and REDRESS said today.

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Sudan + 2 others
"I Wanted to Lie Down and Die": Trafficking and Torture of Eritreans in Sudan and Egypt

Sudan: Stop Deporting Eritreans

30 Forced Back to Eritrea, Including 6 Registered Refugees

The Sudanese authorities have deported 30 Eritreans, including at least 6 registered refugees, to Eritrea, Human Rights Watch said today. Sudan did not give the UN refugee agency access to the group. Unknown numbers of detained Eritreans recently convicted of immigration offenses in Sudan also risk deportation.

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African Rights Commission: Focus on Angola, Sudan

In Luanda, Raise Concerns About Host Country, Killings of Sudanese Protesters

(Johannesburg, April 25, 2014) – The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights should focus attention on recent human rights violations in Angola and Sudan in its upcoming session, Human Rights Watch said today. The commission will meet in Luanda, Angola from April 28 to May 12, 2014.

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"We Stood, They Opened Fire": Killings and Arrests by Sudan’s Security Forces During the September Protests

No Justice for Protest Killings

Release Detainees and Punish Abusive Forces

(Nairobi) – Sudanese authorities have failed to provide justice for scores of civilians killed in anti-government protests in September 2013, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities should release all remaining political detainees and investigate allegations of abuse and torture of detainees.

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Renewed Attacks on Civilians in Darfur

Activists Detained, Protester Killed

(Nairobi, March 21, 2014) – Sudan’s government has renewed ground and air attacks on civilians in villages in Darfur, Human Rights Watch said today. The government has also cracked down on students in Khartoum peacefully protesting the violence in Darfur, resulting in the death of one and the detention of many protesters and activists.

The government should immediately end attacks on civilians in Darfur, and release protesters and activists arbitrarily arrested during the past week.

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Egypt + 2 others
Egypt/Sudan: A Call to End Torture of Refugees

At UN, 24 Countries Seek Investigation

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Sudan President in DR Congo

Bashir Faces ICC Warrant for War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity

(Kinshasa, February 25, 2014) – President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo today for a conference of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Congolese media reported. Bashir faces an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Darfur, in Sudan.

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"I Wanted to Lie Down and Die": Trafficking and Torture of Eritreans in Sudan and Egypt

Egypt Should Use Sinai Security Operations to Suppress Trafficking

(Berlin) - Traffickers have kidnapped, tortured, and killed refugees, most from Eritrea, in eastern Sudan and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, according to dozens of interviewees said Human Rights Watch. Egypt and Sudan have failed to adequately identify and prosecute the traffickers and any security officials who may have colluded with them, breaching both countries’ obligation to prevent torture.

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Israel + 2 others
Drop Detention Policy in Disguise

Officials Detain Sudanese, Eritreans in Defiance of High Court Order

(Tel Aviv, December 18, 2013) – Israeli authorities are effectively detaining hundreds of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers despite an Israeli High Court order for their release, Human Rights Watch said today. More than 150 of the migrants ignored the rules restricting their mobility and walked out of what they called an “open prison” in the Negev desert to march toward Jerusalem in protest. On December 17, 2013, they gathered outside the Knesset in Jerusalem, where police apprehended them.

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Dozens Held Without Charge

African Commission Should Investigate Alleged Torture and Ill-Treatment

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Urgent Fact-Finding Mission needed to investigate killings and detention by security forces in Sudan

The undersigned organisations are writing to you to express our deep concern at the lack of action or public comments made by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) and the African Union (AU) concerning recent events in Sudan, including the deaths of at least 170 protestors and the detention of over 800 others, and restrictions on the media. The gravity of the situation requires a swift and concerted response from the ACHPR.   

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Dozens Killed During Protests

(Nairobi, September 27, 2013) – Sudan’s security forces have been implicated in killing dozens of protesters following demonstrations over the past week, Human Rights Watch said today. The security forces have detained numerous protesters and opposition party members.

“Repression is not the answer to Sudan’s political and economic problems,” said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Sudan’s authorities need to rein in the security forces and make it clear that using excessive force is not allowed.”

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Renewal and strengthening of the special procedure mandate on the situation of human rights in Sudan, UN Human Rights Council 24th session (9-27 September 2013)

Excellency,

The undersigned organisations are writing to urge your delegation to ensure that serious and widespread violations of international human rights and humanitarian law in Sudan are adequately addressed by the Human Rights Council during its 24th session.

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UN Human Rights Council: Strengthen Sudan Monitoring

(Geneva, September 9, 2013) – The UN Human Rights Council should extend and strengthen the mandate of the independent expert on the human rights situation in Sudan, a group of 20 international organizations urged in a letter to diplomats released today at the opening of the council’s 24th session.

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Israel + 2 others
New Pressure on Asylum Seekers to Leave

For Eritreans, Sudanese, More Threats of Prolonged Detention

(Tel Aviv, July 15, 2013) – Israeli authorities are using new procedures to pressure at least 1,400 Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers, some detained for over a year, to return to their countries, Human Rights Watch said today. Under international law, asylum seekers should be detained only in exceptional circumstances, their claims should be fairly examined and they should never be forced or pressured to return to a country where they face a serious risk of persecution.

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