The Darfur Consortium

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Press Statement

Media Contacts:     

Adetokunbo Mumuni ([email protected])
Gbenga Ogundare ([email protected])

Groups petition African Commission on Darfur

(LAGOS, 17 October 2023) The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and Independent Advocacy Project (IAP) have called on the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to urgently visit Darfur, Sudan, to assess the dire human rights and humanitarian situation and to collect direct evidence on the extent to which the Government of Sudan (GoS) has complied with the Commission’s recommendations, following the Commission’s fact finding mission to Darfur, Sudan, between 8 and 18 July 2004.

The call was contained in a petition sent to Madame Salamata Sawadogo, the chairperson of the Commission in Banjul, The Gambia, and made available to newsmen in Lagos.

The two Nigerian non-governmental human rights organizations are members of Globe for Darfur, an international group of non-governmental organisations committed to promoting respect for international human rights and humanitarian law in Darfur.

‘We believe that the failure and/or deliberate refusal by the government of Sudan to implement the recommendations of the African Commission is an affront to the authority of the African Commission, and if not addressed may undermine the credibility and effectiveness of the Commission,’ says SERAP’s Adetokunbo Mumuni.

‘SERAP and IAP are concerned that contrary to the African Commission’s recommendation that those who are responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity should be brought to justice, the government of Sudan is shielding criminal suspects away from justice,’ adds IAP spokes person Gbenga Ogundare.

Specifically, SERAP and IAP are asking the African Commission to:

  • Publicly condemn the government of Sudan for non-compliance with the Commission’s recommendations, and for lack of good faith of the government to fully implement its obligations under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights
  • Conduct a special hearing on Darfur at its 42nd ordinary session in Congo-Brazzaville in November 2007 in order to consider the extent of Sudan’s compliance with the Commission’s recommendations, highlighted above
  • Invite the government of Sudan to address the Commission on the steps it has taken to implement the Commission’s recommendations
  • Draw the attention of the Assembly of the African Union to the fact that the government of Sudan is refusing, failing and or neglecting to faithfully and fully implement the Commission’s recommendations, and ask the Assembly to take appropriate measures to put pressure on Sudan to comply with those recommendations


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African Security Dialogue and Research (ASDR)

African Women's Development and Communications Network (FEMNET)

The Ahueni Foundation

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Amman Centre for Human Rights Studies

Andalus Institute for Tolerance

Anti-Slavery International

Arab Coalition for Darfur

Arab Program for Human Rights Activists

Association Africaine de Defense des Droits de l'Homme (ASADHO)

Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies

Centre for Minority Rights Development (CEMIRIDE)

Centre for Research Education and Development of Freedom of Expression and Associated Rights (CREDO)

Citizens for Global Solutions

Conscience International

Conseil National Pour les Libertés en Tunisie

Darfur Alert Coalition (DAC)

Darfur Centre for Human Rights and Development

Darfur Leaders Network (DLN)

Darfur Reconciliation and Development Organization (DRDO)

Darfur Relief and Documentation Centre

East Africa Law Society

Egyptian Organization for Human Rights

Femmes Africa Solidarité

La Fédération Internationale des Droits de l'Homme (FIDH)

Forum of African Affairs (FOAA)

Human Rights First

Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA)

Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa

Institute for Security Studies

Inter-African Union for Human Rights (UIDH)


International Commission of Jurists (ICJ Kenya)

International Refugee Rights Initiative

Justice Africa

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Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections

Legal Resources Consortium-Nigeria

Ligue Tunisienne des Droits de l'Homme

Makumira University College, Tumaini University

Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)

Minority Rights Group

National Association of Seadogs

Never Again International

Open Society Justice Initiative

Pan-African Movement

Rencontre Africaine Pour la Defense des Droits de l'Homme (RADDHO)

Sierra Leone STAND Chapter

Sisters' Arabic Forum for Human Rights (SAF)

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP)

Sudan Organization Against Torture (SOAT)

Syrian Organization for Human Rights

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)

Universal Human Rights Network


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