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Call for Evidence: All-Party Parliamentary Group inquiry into UK-Sudan relations

A submission prepared by the International Refugee Rights Initiative.

(15 September 2016) This submission focuses on the conflict in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states (also known as the “Two Areas”) between the government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N). It details attacks against civilians in the Two Areas and is based on information compiled by the Sudan Consortium and the National Human Rights Monitors Organisation (NHRMO).3 The submission intends to inform the UK government of Sudan’s human rights record and urge the government to not, directly or indirectly, contribute to the violations.

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Rights in Exile Newsletter
September 2016

In this issue:

The ramification of Kenya's decision to expel refugees from Dadaab camp

Refugees and asylum seekers of sub-Saharan origin sit-in in front of UNHCR

Citation for the award of an Honorary Doctorate to Barbara Harrell-Bond, 27 July 2016 at SOAS, University of London

Upper Tribunal of the UK Immigration and Asylum Chamber holds that short-term detention does not constitute persecution in Sudan

Hotline for Refugees and Migrants: The first Sudanese refugee has finally been recognised by Israel

... and much more.

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A Crisis Normalised: Sudan's Blue Nile five years on

(Kampala, 6 September 2016) Five years after the start of the conflict in Sudan's Blue Nile State, attacks against civilians continue unabated according to a report released by the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) and the National Human Rights Monitors Organisation (NHRMO) today.

A Crisis Normalised: Civilian perspectives on the conflict in Sudan's Blue Nile State explores the views of civilians displaced from or living within Blue Nile on the causes and consequences of the conflict between the Sudanese government and Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army - North (SPLM/A-N). The report is based on interviews carried out in April and May 2016 in SPLM/A-N held Blue Nile as well as in Juba and Maban refugee camp in South Sudan.

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Letter from 33 NGOs and individuals regarding the human rights situation in Sudan in advance of the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council

(7 September 2016) Our organisations write to you in advance of the opening of the 33rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council to share our serious concerns regarding the human rights and humanitarian situation in Sudan. Many of these abuses are detailed in the attached annex.

We draw your attention to the Sudanese government’s continuing abuses against civilians in South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur, including unlawful attacks on villages and indiscriminate bombing of civilians. We are also concerned about the continuing repression of civil and political rights, in particular the ongoing crackdown on protesters and abuse of independent civil society and human rights defenders. In a recent example in March 2016, four representatives of Sudanese civil society were intercepted by security officials at Khartoum International Airport on their way to a high level human rights meeting with diplomats that took place in Geneva on 31 March. The meeting was organised by the international NGO, UPR Info, in preparation for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Sudan that took place in May.

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