UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 48TH SESSION

Item 10  - Enhanced interactive dialogue on a report of the High Commissioner on the situation of human rights in the Sudan

Statement delivered by H.E. Nathalie Olijslager, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Madame Vice President,

The Kingdom of the Netherlands aligns itself with the EU statement and welcomes the OHCHR report.

The report highlights how Sudan has been able to improve the overall human rights situation and increase civic space. We commend the government for the progress made. However, recent reports of growing tensions amidst a democratic transition are worrisome developments that could endanger Sudan’s substantial progress. The country’s political, security, economic, and humanitarian situation remains fragile. For these reasons, we regret the termination of technical support, especially now when sustained action is needed to consolidate the progress made so far, to resolve tensions and to operationalize dedicated national joint security forces.

We urge the government of the Sudan to operationalize the national plan for the protection of civilians in accordance with international human rights.

Madam Vice President,

To proceed further on the path of justice and ending impunity, structures like a Human Rights Commission and the Commission for Transitional Justice must be installed. What commitments do you see that these instruments will materialize in the near future?