UN Authority Figures

Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations Vice-Chair: 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: 2015-2018 (Vice-Chair: 2017)

Sudan's Record on NGOs:
"The NISS [National Intelligence and Security Services] continued to show a pattern of widespread disregard for rule of law, committing major abuses, such as ... intimidation and closure of human rights and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)... Government security forces (including police, NISS, and military intelligence personnel of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF)) beat and tortured physically and psychologically persons in detention, including members of ... civil society... Government 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, restricted travel, and publicly accused humanitarian workers of aiding rebel groups. Unidentified armed groups also targeted humanitarian workers for kidnapping and ransom. Fighting, insecurity, bureaucratic obstacles, and government and rebel restrictions reduced the ability of peacekeepers and humanitarian workers to access conflict-affected areas. Armed persons attacked, killed, injured, and kidnapped peacekeepers and aid workers... Throughout the year the Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) obstructed the work of NGOs and international humanitarian actors in the country's conflict zones... 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... The government continued to restrict access in eastern Sudan for international humanitarian NGOs, as it did throughout the country... The government was uncooperative with, and unresponsive to, domestic human rights groups. It restricted and harassed workers of both domestic and international human rights organizations... According to international NGOs, government agents consistently monitored, threatened, prosecuted, and occasionally physically assaulted civil society activists. The government arrested NGO-affiliated international human rights and humanitarian workers, including in Darfur." (US State Department Country Report of Human Rights Practices in Sudan, 2016)