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African Commission: Investigate Sudan Killings
Fact-finding Mission Needed Into Deaths, Detention of Protesters

(Kampala, November 1, 2013) -- The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) should order a fact-finding mission to investigate the deaths and detention of hundreds of demonstrators, a group of 11 international and African organizations said in a letter made public today.

The organizations called on the African Commission to send a fact-finding mission to investigate human rights abuses in Sudan since demonstrations began on September 23, 2013. At least 170 protesters have died, 15 of them children, and more than 800 others have been detained.

Read the letter here.

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African Civil Society Stakeholders call for Global and Inclusive Justice

International criminal justice on the African continent is at a critical juncture: on 26-27 May 2013, at the 21st Session of the African Union, Africa’s leaders reaffirmed their concern with ‘the misuse of indictments against African leaders’, and stressed ‘the need for international justice to be conducted in a transparent and fair manner, in order to avoid any perception of double standard, in conformity with the principles of international law’. This was rapidly interpreted by observers as raising further question marks over the degree of political support for that most iconic mechanism of international criminal justice, the Inter- national Criminal Court (ICC).

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50th anniversary of African unity a chance to make history on Sudan

(22 May 2013) A coalition of over 120 civil society organisations from across Africa and the Middle East today issued a stark warning about the conflict in Sudan, currently affecting over 4.4m people, calling on the African Union to ‘make history’ by supporting a new, bolder and comprehensive approach to peace.

Read the full press release here.

As the African Union celebrates 10 years, new research warns of the “disappearance of Sudan.”

(Addis Ababa, 21 May 2013) A report launched today in Addis Ababa urges Sudan and the African Union (AU) to take a new approach to resolving Sudan’s multiple conflicts and ending the ongoing suffering of its people.

The report by the Kampala-based International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI), The disappearance of Sudan? Life in Khartoum for citizens without rights, examines the experiences of Sudan’s conflict affected communities from the perspective of those displaced from the margins to Sudan’s capital Khartoum.

Read the full press release here.