The Darfur Consortium

. . .

FIDH and SOAT condemn appointment of alleged Janjaweed leader to senior government post

(January 21, 2008, London, Paris) - The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Sudan Organisation Against Torture (SOAT), its member in Sudan, condemn the decision to grant a senior post in the Sudanese government to Musa Hilal, the clan leader widely considered to be a top commander of Janjaweed militias responsible for atrocities in Darfur.

Hilal’s appointment as an advisor to Federal Affairs Minister Abdel Basit Sabderat comes despite evidence gathered by human rights organisations suggesting that he played a part in recruiting and training militias, and that he was involved in several attacks on villages in 2003 and 2004. He has been subject to a United Nations travel ban and asset freezes since 2006.

“Musa Hilal’s appointment will serve to further undermine the peace process in Darfur, which is already faltering following the collapse of the peace talks that began in October,” said Hashim Ahmed, acting director of SOAT. “Those suspected of playing a role in the atrocities in Darfur must be transparently investigated according to due process, not granted positions of power in defiance of the millions who have suffered and the international community. This is the latest move in the Sudanese government’s efforts to foster a culture of impunity for crimes carried out by its armed forces and allied militias.”

In May last year, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued arrest warrants for former Sudanese interior minister Ahmed Harun and militia leader Ali Kushayb for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. But Khartoum has refused to hand them over to face trial. Instead, Harun has been allowed to continue as minister of state for humanitarian affairs and in September was appointed to a committee responsible for investigating human rights abuses in Darfur [1]. In the same month, Ali Kushayb was reportedly released from custody in Sudan because of a lack of evidence against him [2].


  • Urge the Government of Sudan to immediately suspend the appointment of Musa Hilal to prove its willingness to fight against the impunity of those responsible for crimes committed in Darfur;
  • Urge once again the Government of Sudan to fully cooperate with the ICC by arresting and handing over Ali Kushayb and Ahmed Haroun;
  • Call upon the international community, and in particular the UN Security Council to pressure the government of Sudan to comply with the ICC arrest warrants and ensure justice is done for the victims of Darfur.

[1] See FIDH and SOAT reaction to this appointment: «Sudan: a new step towards impunity»,
[2] See FIDH and SOAT reaction to this release: «When will the insults to the victims of crimes committed in Darfur end?»,



African Voices
Join the Darfur Consortium


Action Professionals Association for the People

Aegis Trust Rwanda

African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies

African Center for Development

African Center for Justice and Peace Studies

Africa Internally Displaced Persons Voice (Africa IDP Voice)

African Security Dialogue and Research (ASDR)

African Women's Development and Communications Network (FEMNET)

The Ahueni Foundation

Alliances for Africa

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

Justice and Peace Commission

Lawyers for Human Rights

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


Women Initiative Nigeria (WIN)

©2007 Darfur Consortium. Design by Deirdre Reznik