Statement by the Nordic-Baltic countries Delivered by: H.E. Ms Anna Jardfelt, Ambassador, Permanent representative of Sweden to the UN in Geneva
Sweden has the honour of delivering this statement on behalf of the Nordic and Baltic Countries. We thank the High Commissioner for the update.
The situation for human rights in Sudan has deteriorated since the last time we met in this format. We condemn the military coup of 25 October that put the civilian-led democratic transition to a halt.
We are deeply concerned about the continued excessive use of violence, including sexual and gender-based violence, arbitrary detentions, and unlawful killings of peaceful protestors. We are also concerned about the increased inter-communal violence in Darfur. We urge the military authorities to show restraint, to protect civilians and ensure that all perpetrators are held accountable.
A Sudanese-led inclusive dialogue is necessary to achieve a broad-based support for the path forward. The UNITAMS report (on the 28th of Feb), compiled on the basis of consultations with a wide range of stakeholders, identifies areas of consensus. We appreciate the commitment of UNITAMS, AU and IGAD to work together to support the process.
We appreciate the work of the independent human rights expert in Sudan and call upon the Sudanese authorities to fully cooperate with its mandate.
How can we and the Office best support the protection and advancement of human rights in Sudan?