Feb. 1, 2022 (KHARTOUM) – The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva has postponed the review of Sudan’s human rights record to Wednesday instead of Tuesday, February 1, 2022.
The council’s decision came hours after the Sudanese government boycotted the session to protest against the accreditation of a pro-democracy ambassador sacked by General al-Burhan for his rejection of the January 25, 2021 coup. .
“Sudan’s human rights record will be reviewed for the third time by the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, during a meeting that will be webcast live,” the HRC said on Tuesday.
This review marks the end of the third UPR cycle. Sudan’s first and second UPRs were held in May 2011 and May 2016.
In a statement given to the Sudan Tribune on Tuesday, the National Human Rights Commission in Khartoum said it would not participate in the process or cooperate with its outcome.
“The maintenance of accreditation by the UPR working group of the former Sudanese representative to the United Nations Office and international organizations in Geneva, Ali Ibn Abi Talib, after his dismissal, constitutes a clear violation sovereignty of Sudan,” he added.
Bin Abi Talib was among twelve ambassadors whom al-Burhan dismissed for supporting anti-coup protests. Before leaving, former Prime Minister Hamdok struggled to keep them but al-Burhan hampered his efforts.
UNHRC said in a statement on Tuesday that Howaida Ali, undersecretary of the Justice Ministry, would lead the Sudanese delegation for Wednesday’s meeting.
The representatives of the three countries serving as rapporteurs for the Sudan review are The Gambia, the Marshall Islands, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.
The review will be based on the national report prepared by the Sudanese government, reports from independent human rights experts and groups, and information provided by other stakeholders, including national human rights institutions. men, regional organizations and civil society groups.