UN Authority Figures

Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations Chair: Sudan

The Government of Sudan responded to widespread disgruntlement over austerity measures by arresting and detaining opposition political party members, human rights defenders, activists, journalists, students and other individuals and use of force, including firing live ammunition resulting into deaths and injury of peaceful protestors.
Source: African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies, December 31, 2018. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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: 2019-2022, (Chair: 2019)

Sudan's Record on NGOs:
"Human rights issues included... substantial interference with the rights of peaceful assembly and freedom of association, such as overly restrictive nongovernmental organization (NGO) laws;...Government forces at times harassed NGOs that received international assistance. The government sometimes 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... 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 human rights activists..."
(U.S. State Department Country Report of Human Rights Practices in Sudan, 2018)