By: Najat Ahmed
Khartoum- UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has commended the parties in Sudan for signing the Political Agreement and the Constitutional Declaration on 17 August, to enable the transition towards civilian rule and democracy.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said in her opening statement at the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva Monday: “this is cause for great celebration. The Constitutional Declaration includes many human rights references, notably the Bill of Rights and its commitment to establish a national investigation committee.”
Bachelet added that “I also welcome its explicit commitment to facilitate OHCHR’s mission to work in Sudan,” pointing out that representative from her office is in Khartoum to discuss establishment of country office for the commission in Sudan.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights affirmed in her statement the readiness of the commission to provide technical assistance to the new Government, including on the legal reforms outlined in the Constitutional Declaration, and transitional justice besides address protection challenges, and to support civil society and the national human rights institutions in this effort, including in Darfur, as UNAMID withdraws from the area.
The acting Charge d’ Affaires of Sudan’s Permanent Mission to UN Office in Geneva, Ambassador Osman Abu-Fatima Adam, on his part, pointed out that the statement of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights was positive and commended the political developments in the Sudan.