UN Authority Figures

Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations : Sudan

International civil society raised the alarm over attacks on independent civil society groups and critical voices in advance of Sudan's general elections in April 2015. Photo: The office of the Sudan Human Rights Monitor in Khartoum after a raid by security agents
Source: Civicus, February 2, 2015

Mission of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations: "The main tasks of the Committee are...The consideration of applications for consultative status and requests for reclassification submitted by NGOs; The consideration of quadrennial reports submitted by NGOs in General and Special categories; The implementation of the provisions of Council resolution 1996/31 and the monitoring of the consultative relationship; Any other issues which the ECOSOC may request the Committee to consider." (Committee on NGOs website)

Sudan's Term of office: 2011-2014, (Vice-Chair: 2013), re-elected for additional term 2015-2018

Sudan's Record on NGOs:
"[G]overnment forces frequently harassed NGOs that received international assistance. The government restricted or denied permission for humanitarian assessments, refused to approve technical agreements, changed operational procedures, copied NGO files, confiscated NGO property, questioned humanitarian workers at length and monitored their personal correspondence, delayed issuance of visas and travel permits, restricted travel, and publicly accused humanitarian workers of aiding rebel groups... Violence, insecurity, the denial of visas, and refusal of access to international organizations reduced the ability of humanitarian organizations to provide needed services... Humanitarian organizations were often not able to deliver humanitarian assistance in conflict areas, particularly in Jebel Marra, South Darfur... Humanitarian organizations and NGOs continued to face challenges in accessing populations in Darfur... Government and security forces continued arbitrarily to enforce provisions of the NGO law, including measures that strictly regulate an organization's ability to receive foreign financing and register public activities." (US State Department Country Report of Human Rights Practices in Sudan, 2014)