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SUDAN: UN RIGHTS EXPERT TO VISIT KHARTOUM, DARFUR AND SOUTH KORDOFAN

7 February 2014

The Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Mashood Adebayo Baderin, will visit the Sudan from 11 to 20 February 2014 to follow-up on his previous recommendations*, and identify areas of technical assistance and capacity building which will help the country fulfil its human rights obligations.

“The Government of the Sudan has made some progress in developing policies as well as legislative and institutional mechanisms necessary for improving the human rights situation in the country,” Mr. Baderin said, announcing his fourth mission to the Country.

“Sudan now needs to concentrate on implementing these policies through the adoption of a results-oriented culture that promotes the tangible realization of the adopted human rights policies across the relevant institutions in the country,” he stressed.

During his nine-day mission, the human rights expert will travel to Khartoum, North, Central and East Darfur, as well as South Kordofan states, where he will meet with Government officials, civil society actors, humanitarian organisations and United Nations agencies.

At the conclusion of his visit on Wednesday 19 February, the Independent Expert will hold a press conference at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Office in Khartoum at 1:30 pm
 
Mr. Baderin will present his findings and recommendations in a comprehensive report to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2014.

(*) Check the latest reports by the Independent Expert: http://ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?m=95&m=172

The mandate of the Independent Expert on the human rights situation in Sudan was created by the UN Human Rights Council on 18 June 2009. In September 2013, the mandate was renewed for a period of one year. Mashood Adebayo Baderin, is Professor of Law at SOAS, University of London. As Independent Expert, he serves in his individual capacity, independently from any government or organization.

UN Human Rights, Country Page – Sudan: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/countries/AfricaRegion/Pages/SDIndex.aspx

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