UNDP Sudan Supports Sudan National Human Rights Commission in Darfur

Feb 4, 2016

UNDP Country Director Selva Ramachandran, the Japanese ambassador to Sudan and his excellency Altigani Al-sisi the President of Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) during establishing of the first Human Rights sub branch in El fasher, Darfur.

El-Fasher, February 02, 2016 – Cognizant of the need to bring services closer to the Darfurian citizen, Sudan National Human Rights Commission with technical support of United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Sudan has inaugurated today a regional office in El- Fasher, Darfur.

The establishment of the regional office is part of UNDP’s project “Strengthening capacity Sudan National Human Rights Commission” aimed to strengthen the governance, functioning and effectiveness of the Sudan National Human Rights Commission and to support its development as an independent national human rights institution in compliance with the Paris Principles. Financial support to the Sudan National Human Rights project has been provided thanks to the generous contribution of the Government of Japan.

The Ambassador of Japan, Mr. Hideki Ito expressed his pleasure to support the Sudanese people’s consensus on rule of law and the concept of human rights enshrined in the Interim Constitution. He wished the Japanese contribution would help disseminate peaceful practice of their rights in Darfur through the service of National Human Rights Commission.

Further, H.E. Dr. Awad Al-Hassan Al-Noor the Minister of Justice stated that the Government of Sudan appreciates UNDP and Government of Japan’s generous contribution to the people of Sudan in promoting human rights and protection in  the country. The initiation of the Darfur Human Rights office is major achievement in strengthening human rights in region.

Mr. Selva Ramachandran, UNDP Country Director Sudan noted that strengthening human rights systems at the country level is a vital function, and a key element of this system is the existence of an independent and effective national human rights institution, and the establishment of the regional office in Darfur will constitute a milestone in strengthening rule of law and promotion of human rights in the region.

The Commission has since its establishment in 2012, put up central office in Khartoum. And apart from Darfur office the Commission is planning to open other five regional offices in different areas of the country.

For more information, please contact Ms.  Yusra Salim, Team Coordinator UNDP Partnerships and Communication, yusra.salim@undp.org

 

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