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Sudan: Report on the situation of human rights in Darfur prepared by the group of experts mandated by Human Rights Council resolution 4/8 (A/HRC/5/6)

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HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
Fifth session
Item 2 of the provisional agenda

IMPLEMENTATION OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION 60/251 OF 15 MARCH 2006 ENTITLED "HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL"

Report on the situation of human rights in Darfur prepared by the group of experts mandated by Human Rights Council resolution 4/8 presided by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Sudan and composed of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for children and armed conflict, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the situation of human rights defenders, the Representative of the Secretary-General on the human rights of internally displaced persons, the Special Rapporteur on the question of torture and the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences*

Summary

Mandated by Human Rights Council resolution 4/8 ("Follow up to decision S-4/101 of 13 December 2006 adopted by the Human Rights Council at its fourth special session entitled "Situation of human rights in Darfur") the group of seven mandate holders ("experts group") carried out their task of ensuring the effective follow-up and fostering the implementation of resolutions and recommendations on Darfur, as adopted by the Human Rights Council, the former Commission on Human Rights and other United Nations human rights institutions, as well as the task of promoting the implementation of relevant recommendations of the other United Nations human rights mechanisms, taking into account the needs of the Sudan, safeguarding the consistency of these recommendations and contributing to the monitoring of the human rights situation on the ground.

The experts group held two meetings in Geneva. During the first meeting the experts group discussed a methodology for implementation of resolution 4/8, reviewed all pre-existing human rights recommendations and identified priority areas. In addition, the experts group selected and synthesized a number of recommendations which could improve the human rights situation in Darfur. The Group also outlined steps to be undertaken in order to implement the recommendations in the short and medium terms, intended as 3 and 12 months, respectively. During the second meeting, the experts group reviewed the response of the Government of the Sudan, held consultations with an inter-ministerial delegation from Khartoum and decided about its conclusions and recommendations.

In its conclusions, the experts group reiterates its concern regarding the human rights situation in Darfur, expressed by the Human Rights Council in resolution 4/8. The Group urges the Government of the Sudan to implement without delay the recommendations it committed itself to put into practice and to continue its dialogue with the experts group on the implementation of other recommendations made by the Group.

The experts group also recommends that a review, to ascertain the level of implementation of human rights recommendations, take place three months after the publication of this report and that the results of such review be reported to the seventh session of the Human Rights Council.

The experts group further invites relevant United Nations bodies and agencies, including the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, to provide the support and technical assistance to the extent necessary for the implementation of these recommendations, and called upon donors to provide funds for this support and technical assistance.

* The annexes to the present report are circulated as received.