UN Human Rights Council To Hold Special Session To Discuss Sudan Fighting
The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council is scheduled to hold a special session on Thursday to discuss the ongoing fighting in Sudan, reported The BBC.
The purpose of the session, which is called for by Britain, Germany, Norway, and the US, is to condemn the ongoing violence in Sudan and to call for the observance of human rights and international humanitarian law.
A number of countries, however, are opposed to addressing problems in individual countries as they regard it as interference in internal affairs. So, it currently remains unclear whether a planned resolution would receive the necessary majority in the UN Council, which has 47 member countries.
Several African countries are reported to be reluctant about the UN meeting being held, fearing it could jeopardize ongoing ceasefire negotiations.
Fighting first started in Sudan in mid-April amid a power struggle between Sudanese military leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his deputy Mohammed Hamdan Daglo, who heads the paramilitary RSF. The two generals are former allies who together led a military coup in October 2021 that derailed a transition to civilian rule following the ouster of longtime leader Omar al-Bashir in 2019.
There are reports of widespread human rights violations in Sudan, including attacks on civilians, sexual violence, and the looting of hospitals. The UN estimates that the conflict has displaced more than 700,000 people.
Repeated cease-fire agreements have failed to end the conflict or even do much to reduce the violence. The latest round of talks is being held in Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah. The United States and Saudi Arabia-backed talks between Sudan’s warring military factions started on Saturday. No progress has been reported on the talks so far.
On Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said over 600 people have lost their lives more than 5,100 people have also been wounded in the fighting so far.