The following has been submitted in the format of an Oral Statement to the 45th session of the UN Human Right’s Council, and was prepared by Next Century Foundation UN Liaison Officer, Katya Cox-Kruger.
The Next Century Foundation calls for the removal of the Republic of Sudan from the United States of America’s “State Sponsors of Terrorism” list. A sufficient level of democratization has been reached and now there is an urgent need for Sudan to access humanitarian financial aid. Resolution 2508, declared a consensus view by the UN Security Council that Sudan’s sanctions had served their purpose and Resolution 2429 reminded the world that numbers of those in need of humanitarian assistance in Sudan have increased from 5.5 to 7.1 million.
The new government under Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok is committed to seeing a more progressive and humanitarian Sudanese nation, installing a civilian cabinet and holding a democratic election in 2022. Recent progress in human rights includes the outlawing of female genital mutilation, the repeal of apostasy laws, and abolishing flogging. Sudan has also made strides in media freedom, releasing imprisoned journalists and promising an end to censorship.
Sudan has signed an agreement with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to open a main office in Khartoum with field offices in Darfur, Blue Nile, Southern Kordofan, and East Sudan. The Next Century Foundation backs the swift opening of the offices in the hope that they will help to monitor the situation on the ground.
For Sudan to continue making progressive reforms, the economy needs to revive, an action that is only possible through foreign investment and funding. The Next Century Foundation suggests the monitoring of aid through an annual review of Sudan’s progress.
The Next Century Foundation, in supporting Sudan’s removal from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list, is concerned with alleviating the suffering of the Sudanese, and facilitating a process by which peace and greater economic stability can be encouraged.