Human Rights Watch

UN: Strengthen Civilian Protection in Darfur

Monday, July 19th, 2010

(New York) – Intensified fighting between the Sudanese government and rebel forces in 2010 has caused many hundreds of deaths and mass displacements in Darfur and should prompt the United Nations to ensure that international peacekeepers strengthen protection for civilians, Human Rights Watch said today. The UN Security Council is expected to renew the mandate of the Darfur peacekeeping mission in late July 2010.

Fighting among rebel groups and between rival…

Sudan: ICC Warrant for Al-Bashir on Genocide

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

(New York) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant on July 12, 2010, for President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan for genocide committed in Darfur. An earlier arrest warrant for al-Bashir was issued in March 2009 by the ICC for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.

This is the first time the ICC has issued an arrest warrant for the crime of genocide. The warrant is for…

Sudan: Widespread Abuses Bode Ill for Referendum

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
Hold Security Forces Accountable for Violations in April 2010 Elections
June 30, 2010
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Women cast their ballots at Abu Shouk’s Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Al Fasher, Northern Darfur on April 11, 2010.

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The national elections were an important milestone of the 2005 peace agreement, which was meant to pave the way forward for Sudan. But pushing the

Democracy on Hold

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
Rights Violations in the April 2010 Sudan Elections
June 30, 2010

This 32-page report documents numerous rights violations across Sudan by both northern and southern authorities in the period leading up to, during, and following the April elections. These abuses include restrictions on freedom of speech and assembly, particularly in northern Sudan, and widespread intimidation, arbitrary arrests, and physical violence against

World Report Chapters: Sudan

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Events of 2009

Four years after Sudan’s ruling party and the southern rebels signed the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ending 21 years of civil war, Sudanese civilians in Darfur, northern states, and the South are still enduring human rights violations and insecurity. The Government of National Unity (GNU) has been unwilling to implement national democratic reforms as envisioned in the CPA. The failure of both Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party

US: Step Up Pressure on Allies Using Child Soldiers

Monday, June 14th, 2010

(New York) – The United States should put pressure on governments identified by the State Department as using child soldiers to end the practice or lose US military assistance, Human Rights Watch said today.

The State Department’s 2010 annual report on Trafficking in Persons, issued today, identifies six governments involved in the recruitment and use of child soldiers. A US law enacted in 2008 prohibits several categories of US military assistance…

UN Security Council: Press Sudan to Cooperate With ICC

Thursday, June 10th, 2010
Court Prosecutor to Brief Council on Darfur Cases
June 10, 2010

(New York) – United Nations Security Council members should use the upcoming International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor’s briefing on Darfur to send a strong message to Sudan to cooperate with the court or face council action, Human Rights Watch said today.

The ICC prosecutor will report on his Darfur investigation to the Security Council on June 11, 2010. On May 25, after

Sudan: End Post-Election Repression

Monday, May 24th, 2010
Charge or Free Detainees, End Censorship, Enact Reforms
May 24, 2010

(New York) – The new Sudanese government, led by the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), should immediately end its post-election repression of journalists, the media, opposition leaders, and activists, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should also urgently enact reforms promised in the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, Human Rights Watch said.

The government should either lawfully charge or promptly free several

Sudan: Bashir Inauguration Should Be No-Go Zone

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Governments Should Not Meet with Officials Wanted for War Crimes

May 20, 2010
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Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir waves to supporters at the NCP Headquarters in Khartoum on April 26, 2010.

(New York) – Governments that are committed to justice for atrocities committed in Darfur should not attend the inauguration of President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan on May 27, 2010, Human Rights Watch said in a letter released

Egypt: Don’t Deport Darfur Refugees to Face Persecution

Friday, April 9th, 2010
April 9, 2010

(New York) – The Egyptian authorities should immediately cease deportation proceedings against two refugees from Darfur, Human Rights Watch said today.

Egyptian authorities are preparing to deport Mohammad Adam Abdallah and Ishaq Fadl Ahmad Dafa Allah back to Sudan, where they would face persecution. Both men have been granted formal refugee status by the United Nations refugee agency, which should protect them from deportation. Security officials moved Abdallah from