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Forging an African Civil Society Response to the Crisis in Sudan

Recent publications of the International Refugee Rights Initiative related to Sudan:

Sudan: Urgent concern for human rights defender on hunger strike over unlawful detention, 14 February 2017

Sudan: Prominent human rights defender detained incommunicado, 20 December 2016

Open Letter concerning the six months detention of and spurious criminal proceedings against staff members of the Centre for Training and Human Development (TRACKs) in Sudan, 12 December 2016.

TRACKs trial continues as detainees near their 6th month of detention, joint NGO statement, 17 November 2016

Olivia Bueno, "Sudan: The Limits of a Lonely Court," published in Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The Deterrent Effect of the International Criminal Court, published by the International Nuremburg Principles Academy, November 2016

Call for Evidence: All-Party Parliamentary Group inquiry into UK-Sudan relations 15 September 2016

Letter from 33 NGOs and individuals regarding the human rights situation in Sudan in advance of the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council, 7 September 2016

Sudan's Blue Nile Five Years On: A Crisis Normalised, Press Release, 6 September 2016

A Crisis Normalised: Civilian perspectives on the conflict in Sudan's Blue Nile State, Full report, 6 September 2016

Letter to the German government on the release of Darfuri activists, 9 August 2016.

Letter to John Kerry on the appointment of another senior official on Sudan and South Sudan, 30 July 2016

No one on the earth cares if we survive except God and sometimes UNAMID': The challenges of peacekeeping in Darfur”, 23 June 2016

Sudan: Civil Society Statement on Push Factors in Sudan and the Khartoum Process, 20 June 2016.

Sudan: Joint Civil Society Statement regarding Sexual Violence in Conflict, 19 June 2016

Open Letter to Member States of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region Regarding the Situation in Sudan, 14 June 2016

Letter on the 5th Year Anniversary of Conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, 4 June 2016

Open Letter Concerning Excessive Use of Force by Sudanese Authorities, 3 May 2016

Letter: UN Independent Expert on the situation of Human Rights in Sudan, 26 April 2016.

Sudan blocks civil society participation in UN-led human rights review, 31 March 2016.

Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of Sudan 2016, September 2015.

The government of Sudan, the bombing of civilians, and the silence of the international community, 21 April 2015

"We just want a rest from war" Civilian perspectives on the conflict in Sudan's Southern Kordofan State, 21 April 2015.

IRRI signs joint NGO letter to the AU PSC on the AU Commission of Inquiry for South Sudan, 3 March 2015 (English) (French) (Spanish).

Stop the Bombardment of Innocent Civilians in Darfur, Nuba Mountains/South Kordofan and Blue Nile, September 8, 2014

“It is a joke”. Ongoing conflict and controversies over "return" in Sudan's Darfur region, July 17, 2014 (In Arabic).

The International community must act to end Sudan’s “unprecedented and intense” bombing of civilians (press release), June 2014
Read the full letter to the UN Security Council. (In French).
Read the full letter to the AU. (In Arabic).
Read the full letter to the LAS. (In Arabic).

For the full list of related publications, click here.

Our Approach

The International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) has sought to bring an end to the ongoing crisis in Sudan though its collaboration with, and stewardship of, the Sudan Consortium. IRRI was one of a small group of Africa-based and Africa-focused NGOs which came together on the sidelines of the third extraordinary session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Pretoria, South Africa. These groups identified the need to strengthen the voice of African civil society in calling for a just and sustainable peace in Sudan. The coalition, which became known as the Sudan Consortium was born out of a deep conviction that African NGOs have a vital role to play in both balancing the Western focus of Sudan advocacy and in advocating directly with African governments and the African Union.

The Consortium currently brings together more than 50 member organisations across the continent and seeks to support the activities of individual members and mobilise collective action. To date, the work of the Consortium has ranged from raising awareness about the situation in Darfur in Africa through exhibitions and events to targeted advocacy on the key issues most critical to resolution of the crisis, security for civilians, accountability for past atrocities and the need for a comprehensive and inclusive peace process.

Read more about the Responsibility to Protect here.