UN Human Rights Council establishes fact-finding mission in Sudan – JURIST


The United Nations Human Rights Council issued a resolution Wednesday establishing an unbiased worldwide fact-finding mission in Sudan.

The decision is available in response to almost six months of armed battle in Sudan between two navy factions, the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the paramilitary group, Speedy Assist Forces (RSF). In September, over 50 human rights organizations throughout the globe wrote a joint statement to the United Nations, urging them to take decisive motion within the battle.

The United Nations Human Rights Council voted to take step one in intervention, by establishing an investigative mission into Sudan. Of their decision, the council described the requested actions as follows:

[T]he Council…decides to urgently set up an unbiased worldwide fact-finding mission for Sudan, with a mandate to research and set up the info, circumstances and root causes of all alleged human rights and worldwide humanitarian regulation violations within the context of the battle that started on 15 April 2023 between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Speedy Assist Forces, in addition to different fighters, to make suggestions, specifically on accountability measures and entry to justice for victims….

The decision handed in a detailed vote, with 19 in favor, 16 opposed, and 12 abstaining.

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