CAIRO: The Arab Human Rights Committee (AHRC) of the Arab League (AL) directed Monday a barrage of criticism against a report of human rights in Sudan, submitted by President Omar el Bashir’s government to the committee.
“The report has general and unspecific phrases. We are unable to read the basic indications of the report on human rights to which it should adhere in accordance the Arab Charter on Human Rights,” said the AHRC vice-president Abdel Magid Zaalani in he committee’s 8th round on Human Rights Situation of Sudan at Cairo-based Arab League.
The seven-member committee demanded the delegation submit clarifications on 26 points relating to the 59-page report, particularly on legal articles of death penalties, guarantees to compensate the victims of torture and arbitrary detention.
It also asked for more information on the 2015 April presidential elections, women participation in the political life, and recruitment of children.
“The report lacks more information on a law gives the national security more powers […] to avoid exploiting such powers,” Zaalani added in indication to the Sudanese controversial Public Order Law. He highlighted the necessity to clarify prosecuting the civilians before military courts.
Sudanese delegation member denied that there was a torture-related case before courts, defending that no military trials for civilians. The delegation has asked the committee to answer their questions Tuesday.
Sudan has joined signed the Arab Charter in 2012 and 2015 report is the first one submitted by the government; the committee should receive a periodic report from Sudan each three years. In 2004, The Arab League has endorsed the Charter in Tunisia and come into forces in 2008; since then only 14 countries have signed the charter.
NGOs reactions to the Report
A group of civil cociety organizations representatives discussed the human rights situation with the committee, and highlighted violations committed by Bashir’s government, particularly the crisis of Darfur.
They issued a parallel reports to the government’s one; the Arab Alliance for Sudan (AAS) indicated that the government gave the police personnel immunity.
“The human rights situation in Sudan is the worst regionally amid what is happening in the Arab Region countries with the recognition of the international community on war crimes against the humanity,” the AA’s report says, “the Sudanese government gets benefits from the western silence and the absence of international and regional media.”
The Alliance that includes more than 80 human rights organizations accused the military forces of Sudan of ruining public buildings, schools and hospitals; the government has also imposed a crackdown on media outlets as it has confiscated more than 30 newspapers in the period between May 2014 and May 2015.
The Sudanese military forces have been accused of committing mass rape against women and girls in Tabit village on Oct. 30 and 31, the alliance cited a Human Rights Watch report.
The Sudan Council of Churches representatives slammed the government as it lacks the reality; in a statement commenting the report, the executive chairperson of the Council Benjamin Bernaba said talked the religious persecution that boils down to demolishing and confiscating a number of churches in Khartoum, summing clergymen to the police offices for long time without conducting investigations, preventing the Christians to take their vacations.
The council added that the government has forcedly displaced the Christians in Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile, and in Darfur, issuing fatwas (religious laws) against the Christians and Muslims in Nuba Mountains.