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Laetitia Bader, Human Rights Watch’s Horn of Africa Director, recently returned from a research mission in Sudan to interview refugees who fled the fighting that broke out in Ethiopia’s Tigray region in early November 2020. For several weeks, federal…
People who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region ride a bus to the Village 8 temporary shelter near the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Hamdayet, eastern Sudan, December 1, 2020. 
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Summary Sudan has a long record of stifling dissent by targeting activists for specific abuses, such as beatings, arbitrary arrests, unlawful detentions, ill-treatment in detention, interrogation for long hours, and intrusive government…
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HRC 27 -- Statement Delivered Under Item 10

One year ago, as the Human Rights Council was debating the report of the Independent Expert on Sudan, Sudanese security forces were violently cracking down on popular protests that swept the country after the president announced the lifting of oil…
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HRC 24th Session: Statement Delivered Under Item 10

Delegates should not fail the people of Sudan by accepting as progress small steps, plans and promises by the Government of Sudan, while it engages in abusive practices of indiscriminate aerial bombing and other unlawful killings and restricting basic…
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Newspapers, Other Media Censored, Confiscated, Shut Down

(Nairobi) – Sudan should immediately stop censoring newspapers and end all forms of repression of media and journalists, on World Press Freedom Day. In recent weeks, authorities have stepped up censorship of print media. Authorities at the National…
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Rein in Security Forces, Release or Charge Detainees

(New York) – Sudan security forces have arrested scores of protesters, opposition members, and journalists, beat people in detention, and used rubber bullets and even live ammunition to break up protests that began on June 16, 2012, Human Rights Watch…
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Government Responds Harshly to Khartoum Demonstrations

(Juba) - Sudanese authorities used excessive force during largely peaceful protests that began on January 30, 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should immediately release protesters detained by national security forces and investigate…
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Oral statement during the dialogue with the Independent Expert on Sudan

Human Rights Watch welcomes the conclusions of the recent progress report of the independent expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan. We urge the Human Rights Council to give particular attention to addressing the lack of protection of the human…
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Stand up for Persecuted Human Rights Activists; Shut Guantanamo

(New York) - The award of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama should encourage him to apply his stated principles to both foreign and domestic human rights policy, Human Rights Watch said today. The Nobel committee awarded the prize…
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Envoys, UN, AU Should Press Ruling Party for Nationwide Reforms

(New York) - The Sudanese government should end attacks by its armed forces on civilians in Darfur and make the major human rights reforms envisioned in the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), Human Rights Watch said in a report issued today.…
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End to Censorship Necessary for Free and Fair Elections in 2010

In this news release, Human Rights Watch quoted Kamal al Jizouli as a prominent journalist for the Sudanese newspaper Ajras al-Huriya. However, al Jizouli is in fact a lawyer and a columnist for the newspaper, and so his title has been changed as such.…
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"It's an Everyday Battle" Censorship and Harassment of Journalists and Human Rights Defenders in Sudan I. Acronyms II. Summary III. Recommendations To the Government of Sudan To the Government…
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Security Services Abuse Rights Activists and Journalists and Censor Press

(New York) - The Sudanese government is censoring the media and cracking down on human rights activists and journalists who speak out on human rights and justice, Human Rights Watch said in a report today. Harassment, repression and censorship has…
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30 Men Sentenced to Death After Unfair Trials

(New York) – Sudan’s Anti-Terrorism Special Courts in late July sentenced 30 alleged rebels to death in trials that fell far short of international fair trial standards, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch urged the government to abolish the…
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Council Fails to Act on Tibet and Remains Timid on Darfur

UPDATE: includes the council’s amendment of the expert mandate on freedom of expression (Geneva) - The UN Human Rights Council showed little resolve to take on states responsible for serious human rights violations in its session ending today, Human…
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Human Rights Watch Highlights Abuses in Pakistan, Kenya, China, Somalia

The established democracies are accepting flawed and unfair elections for political expediency, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2008. By allowing autocrats to pose as democrats, without demanding they uphold the civil and…
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Civilians in Darfur, Sri Lanka Need Protection

(Geneva) – The new U.N. Human Rights Council must take urgent action to address crises from Darfur to Sri Lanka and expand its focus beyond the Middle East, Human Rights Watch said today. The council begins its second regular session today. Thus far the…
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(Geneva) — With a membership that includes governments responsible for crimes against humanity, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights meeting in Geneva next week must take dramatic steps to restore its sinking credibility, Human Rights Watch said today.…
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Letter to President El Bashir

(New York, September 11, 2002) The government of Sudan should end its recent crackdown on the press, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the Sudanese president today. In the past week, the government's National Press Council (NPC) has confiscated…
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The government of Sudan should end its recent crackdown on the press, Human Rights Watch said in a