The Centre for Human Rights in Sierra Leone has expressed concern over the high level of human rights abuse in Sudan.
On the 10th of April the Centre for Human Rights organized a public discussion forum to seek the views of Sierra Leoneans on the human rights situation in Sudan. The 10th of April marks the 5th anniversary of the Sudanese peace agreement and the start of the 365 days to the country’s referendum.
The Executive Director of the Centre for Human Rights, Ibrahim Kamara said in his statement that all partner human s organizations in the world observe the 10th April every year for the sake of lasting peace in Sudan.
He also stated that Peace for Sudan is peace for Sierra Leone and the entire Africa.
“The issue of advocating for the rights of humanity has no proximity and it is therefore my conviction that by adding our voice to the clarion call of the world for peace and tranquility in Sudan will go a long way in urging stakeholders to take action”, the Executive Director stated.
He also called on the Government of Sierra Leone to come out with a statement to either support the idea of peace before justice or justice before peace as the International Criminal Court has already indicted the Sudanese President Umarr Al Bashir and two other war lords while the conflict is still in progress.
Ibrahim Kamara further stated “our government has not been bold enough to make strong comments on human right issues in the sub region”.
The Human Rights consultant at the Centre for Human Rights SL Nigel Nicol said the conflict in Sudan started in 1955 and since then there has been a high level of disagreement between the Arab Sudanese occupying the North and black Sudanese who are mainly Christians occupying the South.
He further intimated that they have tangible evidence that genocide has actually taken place in Sudan.
By William Freeman