Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner and his Expert on Human Rights in Sudan (res. 50/1)
Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America
Human Rights Council – 52nd Session
Thank you, Mr. Vice President.
And thank you, High Commissioner, and Mr. Nouicer for your efforts to advance human rights in Sudan.
The United States reaffirms its support for the Sudanese people’s unwavering desire for a democratic transition. We support the Framework Political Agreement as the best basis on which to form a civilian-led transitional government and to establish constitutional arrangements for a transitional period that culminates in elections. Justice and accountability, especially for human rights abuses and violations, will be a key part of any successful transition.
Sudan’s democratic transition must be civilian-led and deliver on commitments on freedom, peace, and justice. Military rule is not sustainable and cannot effectively guarantee respect for human rights. Full respect for freedoms of association, expression, and peaceful assembly remains vital.
We welcome the steps taken by Sudanese authorities such as lifting the national state of emergency and cooperating with OHCHR and the Expert. We also condemn acts of violence against peaceful protesters and call for those responsible to be held accountable.
Question: Mr. Nouicer, what more can be done to ensure a peaceful restoration of civilian leadership in the Sudan?
I thank you.