- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin 04 | 19 - 25 January 2015
- Common Humanitarian Fund Progress Report 2014
- Enough Project: Starving War, Feeding Peace - And Setting the Table for National Dialogue in Sudan
Appeals & Funding
Military Attacks on Civilians, Deepening Repression as World Turns Away
(Paris) – Asylum seekers and migrants living in destitution in the port city of Calais experience harassment and abuse at the hands of French police, Human Rights Watch said today. The abuses described to Human Rights Watch include beatings and attacks with pepper spray as the migrants and asylum seekers walked in the street or hid in trucks in the hope of traveling to the United Kingdom.
Urgent Need for UN, AU Investigation in Blue Nile, Southern Kordofan
(Nairobi, December 15, 2014) – Sudanese government forces and allied militias are unlawfully killing and otherwise abusing civilians in government-held areas in Sudan’s Blue Nile state, Human Rights Watch said today. Dozens of civilians who fled the government held areas and sought refuge in South Sudan described killings, rapes, and beatings to Human Rights Watch.
Gives Sweeping Powers to Abusive Security Forces
One Year On, No Justice for Protester Deaths
Israel: Thousands Coerced Into Leaving the Country
Sudanese, Eritreans Seeking Protection Faced With Indefinite Detention
(Tel Aviv, September 9, 2014) – Israeli authorities have unlawfully coerced almost 7,000 Eritrean and Sudanese nationals into returning to their home countries where they risk serious abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At UN, 24 Countries Seek Investigation
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.
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.
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.
African Commission Should Investigate Alleged Torture and Ill-Treatment
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.