Category Archives: Human Rights

Press Statement of the UN Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in the Sudan, Mr. Aristide Nononi

Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, on a visit to El Fasher in North Darfur, Sudan, May 2015. Photo: UNAMID/Hamid Abdulsalam

Photo: UNAMID/Hamid Abdulsalam

Khartoum, 28 April 2016

As I conclude my second visit as Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, I would like to first thank all of you for attending this press briefing. I would also like to express my appreciation to the Government of Sudan for its invitation and cooperation with the mandate I represent, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Khartoum, and UNAMID for their kind support to facilitate my visit from 14 to 28 April 2015.

During my visit to Khartoum, I met with a wide variety of stakeholders, including  the State Minister of Foreign Affairs, the State Minister of Justice, the State Minister of Defence, the State Minister of Finance, the Chief Justice and representatives of the judiciary, the Advisory Council for Human Rights, the National Commission for Human Rights, Parliamentarians, the Commissioner-General of the Humanitarian Aid Commission, the National Commission for Human Rights, various specialized units of different ministries, the Director in charge of training and capacity building of the National Intelligence and Security Service, the Khartoum Bar Association, members of political parties, academia, civil society, and the diplomatic community. I also had the opportunity to travel to Southern Kordofan where I met with the regional authorities. In addition, I travelled to two Darfur States, including visits to Zam Zam IDP camp and to the model village of Thabit in North Darfur, as well as to Khor Omer camp in East Darfur. I also met with the Walis of North and East Darfur States, respective state officials, the Head of the Darfur Regional Authority, UN country team, UNAMID and civil society actors. Continue reading

بيان صحفي لخبير الأمم المتحدة المستقل المعني بحالة حقوق الإنسان في السودان، السيد أريستيد نونوسي

الخرطوم 28 أبريل 2016

في ختام زيارتي الثانية بصفتي خبيرا مستقلا معنياً بحالة حقوق الإنسان  في السودان، أود في البدء أن أتوجه بالشكر لكم جميعا لحضوركم هذا التنوير الصحفي. كما اتقدم بالشكر لحكومة السودان لدعوتها لي وتعاونها مع التفويض الذي أمثله، وللممثل المقيم ومنسق الشئون الانسانية للأمم المتحدة في الخرطوم ولبعثة الأمم المتحدة والاتحاد الافريقي في  دارفور (يوناميد) لدعمهم المتواصل لتسهيل زيارتي التي امتدت من 14 حتى 28 أبريل 2016

التقيت خلال زيارتي بمجموعة واسعة من اصحاب المصلحة بما في ذلك السيد نائب رئيس جمهورية السودان، ووزير الدولة بوزارة الخارجية ووزير الدولة بوزارة الدفاع ووزير الدولة بوزارة المالية و رئيس القضاء وممثلي وزارة العدل و مدير جهاز الأمن والمخابرات الوطني والمجلس الاستشاري لحقوق الانسان و المفوضية القومية لحقوق الانسان واعضاء البرلمان والمفوض العام لمفوضية العون الانساني والوحدات المتخصصة في العديد من الوزارات والمدير المكلف لوحدة التدريب في جهاز الأمن والمخابرات الوطني و اتحاد المحامين في الخرطوم و اعضاء الاحزاب السياسية والاكاديميين والمجتمع المدني واعضاء السلك الدبلوماسي. كما سافرت إلى ولايات دارفور بما في ذلك معسكر زمزم للنازحين وقرية تابت في شمال دارفور ومعسكر خور عمر في شرق دارفور. كما التقيت بولاة ولايتي شمال وشرق دارفور ومسئولي الولايتين والفريق القطري للأمم المتحدة واليوناميد و الفاعلين في المجتمع المدني Continue reading

UN SECRETARY-GENERAL’s REMARKS AT INAUGURAL CEREMONY OF THE PERMANENT PREMISES OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT, the Hague, 19 April 2016

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I am honoured to be here to celebrate this landmark occasion with you.

The inauguration of the permanent premises of the International Criminal Court is a milestone in global efforts to promote and uphold human rights and the rule of law.

 

The ties between the United Nations and the International Criminal Court give me great pride.

Fourteen years since my predecessor, Mr. Kofi Annan, and then-President Philippe Kirsch signed our Relationship Agreement, we continue to stand side by side. International criminal justice is an integral part of the architecture of international relations.  The International Criminal Court is its keystone. Continue reading

UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan to start second mission to the country

Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, on a visit to El Fasher in North Darfur, Sudan, May 2015. Photo: UNAMID/Hamid Abdulsalam

Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, on a visit to El Fasher in North Darfur, Sudan, May 2015. Photo: UNAMID/Hamid Abdulsalam

GENEVA (12 April 2016) – The United Nations Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, will carry out his second mission to the country from 14 to 28 April 2016 to assess the efforts being undertaken by the Sudanese Government to comply with its international human rights obligations.

“My assessment will focus on the protection of basic fundamental rights of Sudanese people, including civil and political rights as well as economic, social and cultural rights, with particular emphasis on the situation of internally displaced persons,” noted the Independent Expert.

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Secretary-General’s remarks at Press Encounter with Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter at the Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism, Geneva, 8 April 2016

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers informal briefing to the General Assembly. Video Capture. UNTV

SG: I am very much pleased to be joined by His Excellency Mr. Didier Burkhalter, Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. I want to sincerely thank the Swiss Government and Foreign Minister for co-hosting the Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism.
I am greatly encouraged that so many Ministers and Heads of Regional and UN Organizations have come together to focus on solutions and share best practices to prevent violent extremism.  We have had extremely productive discussions this morning.

Violent extremism is a direct assault on the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  It represents a grave threat to international peace and security.
The threat of violent extremism is not limited to any one religion, nationality or ethnic group.
In recent years, the international community’s response to violent extremism has centred on countering the threat.  But security and military actions alone cannot defeat this scourge.
These responses have their limits – sometimes they have even been counter-productive.
We need a more comprehensive and balanced approach that addresses the drivers of violent extremism.

That is what this conference is about.  That is what my Plan of Action to prevent violent extremism is about. We have come together to address the long, hard and necessary road of prevention. In January, I launched the UN Action Plan to Prevent Violent Extremism.
It provides a little over 70 practical recommendations and seven key priority areas to galvanize the international action to this fast evolving, multidimensional challenge. Continue reading

Sudan Signs Action Plan to Protect Children from Violations in Armed Conflict

Khartoum, 27 March 2016 – In an important milestone for the protection of children in Sudan, the Government signed an Action Plan with the United Nations to prevent the recruitment and use of children by Sudan Government Security Forces. The United Nations welcomes the Government’s commitment to protect children from violations in armed conflict.

“We will work to promote and protect children’s rights in areas of armed conflict and displacement. We are also committed to strengthen existing mechanisms that are included in the Child Act of 2010 and the Sudan Armed Forces law, ” said His Excellency Ibrahim Adam Ibrahim, State Minister of Social Welfare.

The State Minister of Social Welfare signed the Action Plan on behalf of the Sudanese Government in a high-level ceremony that took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was attended by cabinet ministers to highlight the Government’s determination to turn the page on the recruitment and use of children. Continue reading

Secretary-General’s Message on World Water Day, 22 March 2016

elyxwaterThis year’s World Water Day focuses on the links between water and jobs.  Almost half of all workers – 1.5 billion people – work in water-related sectors, and nearly all jobs depend on the availability of freshwater.

Despite its paramount importance, water as a sector generally does not receive the attention it deserves.  Water is central to human survival, the environment and the economy.

All workers can be harmed by poor water and sanitation.  Of 2 million work-related deaths every year, nearly one-in-five are caused by poor quality drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.

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رسالة الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة بمناسبة يوم المياه العالمي، 22 مارس 2016

يركز يوم المياه العالمي هذه السنة على الصلات بين المياه وفرص العمل. فنصف مجموع عمال العالم تقريبا البالغ عددهم 1.5 بليون عامل، يعملون في قطاعات ترتبط بالمياه، وتكاد كل المهن والحرف تعتمد على توافر المياه العذبة

ولا يحظى قطاع المياه بما يستحقه من اهتمام رغم ما يتسم به الماء من أهمية قصوى، باعتباره محورا لبقاء بني البشر وللبيئة والاقتصاد

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Secretary-General’s Message on World Down Syndrome Day, 21 March 2016

downsyndromeBy adopting the ambitious and universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the international community has promised to leave no one behind. This requires empowering children and adults with disabilities, including those with Down syndrome, to contribute to our common future.

Persons with disabilities, including those with Down syndrome, are more than persons in need of assistance; they are agents of change who can drive progress across society – and their voices must be heard as we strive to reach the Sustainable Development Goals.

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رسالة الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة بمناسبة اليوم الدولي للقضاء على التمييز العنصري، 21 مارس 2016

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لا شك أن العالم قطع أشواطا طويلة على صعيد كفالة المساواة في الحقوق ومناهضة التمييز خلال الخمس عشرة سنة التي مضت منذ انعقاد المؤتمر العالمي لمكافحة العنصرية والتمييز العنصري وكراهية الأجانب وما يتصل بذلك من تعصب. فقد اعتمدت الدول الأعضاء قوانين وضمانات جديدة، وأقامت مؤسسات جديدة مكرسة لتعزيز حقوق الإنسان وحمايتها. كما كثّفت منظمات المجتمع المدني في جميع أنحاء العالم أنشطتها المناهضة للعنصرية، وباتت أكثر جرأة في إسماع صوتها

لكن الطريق ما زال طويلا أمامنا. فنحن نشهد اليوم تنامي مظاهر التعصب والآراء العنصرية والعنف بدافع من الكراهية. وتعاظمت أيضا ممارسات التنميط العنصري والعنف بحق بعض الجماعات. كما أن المصاعب الاقتصادية والممارسات السياسية الانتهازية تؤجج جذوة العداء حيال الأقليات، ويظهر ذلك بشكل جلي في الهجمات وأعمال العنف الموجهة ضد اللاجئين والمهاجرين، ولا سيما التعصب ضد المسلمين

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