GENEVA / HRC SUDAN

09-Jul-2019 00:02:47
UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour said he was encouraged by the agreement reached between the Forces for Freedom and Change and the Transitional Military Council in Sudan and encouraged all parties to “continue to resolve any outstanding issues through dialogue.” UNTV CH / UNIFEED
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STORY: GENEVA / HRC SUDAN
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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DATELINE: 09 JULY 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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09 JULY 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, Palais des nations exterior
2. Wide shot, Human Rights Council
3. Wide shot, dais
4. Med shot, videographer
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrew Gilmour, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, United Nations:
“We encourage all parties in Sudan to continue to resolve any outstanding issues through dialogue. OHCHR welcomes that the agreement reached last week includes a commitment to conduct an independent investigation into the violence perpetrated against peaceful protesters. More details have emerged about casualties during the mass protests that took place across Sudan on 30 June 2019. It is important that investigations contribute to justice and dignity for all victims of such violence. We hope that the new agreement creates new momentum for the protection of human rights in Sudan and that in the coming weeks we will be able to travel to Sudan to continue discussions on the opening of a fully mandated office. The UN Human Rights Office stands ready and looks forward to assist Sudan to strengthen the protection of the human rights in a context of transition to civilian rule.”
6. Wide shot, delegates
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Osama Hemeida, Rapporteur of the Advisory Council for Human Rights, Ministry of Justice, Sudan:
“The people of Sudan have achieved a glorious revolution led by youth, with the participation of all its sectors. This was crowned by the agreement reached on 5 July between the parties representing the Transitional Military Council and the Forces for Freedom and Change to form institutions for the transitional period composed of a sovereignty council, a council of ministers, and a legislative council at a later time. This was reached through a joint African-Ethiopian mediation.”
9. Wide shot, Human Rights Council
10. Wide shot, delegates
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Osama Hemeida, Rapporteur of the Advisory Council for Human Rights, Ministry of Justice, Sudan:
“Sudan is witnessing real change in this period towards a smooth transition of authority as a result of an inspiring popular revolution which imposed a new reality depicted in a transition to a new era where Sudan looks forward to the support and cooperation of the international community to overcome the challenges it faces in all aspects. In this regard, Sudan reminds the esteemed council of the importance of lifting the unilateral coercive sanctions imposed on it and of resolving foreign debt for their grave effects on citizens’ ability to enjoy human rights, most importantly economic and social rights and the right to development.”
12. Close up, delegate
13. Wide shot, Human Rights Council
STORYLINE
UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour said he was encouraged by the agreement reached between the Forces for Freedom and Change and the Transitional Military Council in Sudan and encouraged all parties to “continue to resolve any outstanding issues through dialogue.”

Speaking today (09 Jul) at the UN Human Right Council, Gilmour said the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) had deployed a technical mission to the country last December, but since then the situation had changed significantly, including the removal of President Omar Al-Bashir as well as country-wide protests.

Gilmour encouraged all parties in Sudan to “continue to resolve any outstanding issues through dialogue.” He said, “OHCHR welcomes that the agreement reached last week includes a commitment to conduct an independent investigation into the violence perpetrated against peaceful protesters. More details have emerged about casualties during the mass protests that took place across Sudan on 30 June 2019. It is important that investigations contribute to justice and dignity for all victims of such violence.”

The Assistant Secretary General said he hoped that the new agreement “creates new momentum for the protection of human rights in Sudan and that in the coming weeks we will be able to travel to Sudan to continue discussions on the opening of a fully mandated office.” He added that the UN Human Rights Office “stands ready and looks forward to assist Sudan to strengthen the protection of the human rights in a context of transition to civilian rule.”

Sudanese Ministry of Justice Rapporteur Osama Hemeida said the Transitional Military Council (TMC) had reiterated its commitment to all human rights instruments and international conventions ratified by the country and was determined to continue to work with international human rights mechanisms. He said since the agreement was reached, the TMC announced a number of descisions including the lifting of a curfew placed under the state of emergency, the release of all political prisoners and those imprisoned under the state of emergency – with the exception of those sentenced for economic crimes – as well as all 235 members of armed factions.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Osama Hemeida, Rapporteur of the Advisory Council for Human Rights, Ministry of Justice, Sudan:
“The people of Sudan have achieved a glorious revolution led by youth, with the participation of all its sectors. This was crowned by the agreement reached on 5 July between the parties representing the Transitional Military Council and the Forces for Freedom and Change to form institutions for the transitional period composed of a sovereignty council, a council of ministers, and a legislative council at a later time. This was reached through a joint African-Ethiopian mediation.”

Hemeida said the agreement provided for the establishment of a transparent national commission of inquiry to investigate all incidents that took place since 11 April. He added that the investigation into the events that took place at a sit in on 3 June were almost concluded and a report should be released within the next few days.

Hemeida said Sudan was witnessing “real change in this period towards a smooth transition of authority as a result of an inspiring popular revolution which imposed a new reality depicted in a transition to a new era where Sudan looks forward to the support and cooperation of the international community to overcome the challenges it faces in all aspects.” He reminded the Council of the “importance of lifting the unilateral coercive sanctions imposed on it and of resolving foreign debt for their grave effects on citizens’ ability to enjoy human rights, most importantly economic and social rights and the right to development.”
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