PRESS RELEASE: 18 December 2006
Conservative Human Rights Commission call on Sudan to uphold peace agreement in Eastern Sudan and end its human rights abuses in the region
The UK’s Conservative Party Human Rights Commission today released a report from a recent visit to Eastern Sudan, calling on the Sudanese government to uphold the terms of the peace agreement signed on 14th October 2006 with the Eastern Front, a rebel movement, and to improve its human rights record in the region.
As detailed in the report, Eastern Sudan has endured routine and serious human rights abuses at the hands of the current Sudanese government. The worst known example of this was the Port Sudan massacre on 29th January 2005 where 21 people were killed and 70 injured by government forces. The perpetrators of this crime have yet to be brought to justice. A full account of the incident is available in the report.
Eastern Sudan suffers from
political, economic and cultural marginalization as a result of
government policy. Human rights abuses in the region include
killings and random beatings by security forces, chronic under
funding of education, denial of healthcare services to the
indigenous Beja and Rashaida people, leading to widespread
diseases such as tuberculosis. Geo-political issues such as oil
pipeline routes through Eastern Sudan and the close relationship
the current Sudanese government enjoys with China have served to
reinforce these policies.
John Slight, author of the
report, said: ‘While much attention has been focused on the
situation in Darfur, Eastern Sudan is another area of the
country where the current government’s actions have led to
widespread poverty, disease, death and misery for the Beja and
Rashaida people. It is critical that the international community
puts pressure on the Sudanese government to end the political,
economic and cultural marginalization suffered by the Beja and
Rashaida and its human rights abuses in Eastern Sudan.’
For further information, please see the report: