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Join our Campaign to Tell the United Nations #HRC27 that #Sudan Needs Stronger Human Rights Monitoring

Yida refugee camp (c)Hajooj Kuka
YIda refugee camp, by Hajooj Kuka

(12 September 2014) Between Monday 15 September and Friday 19 September, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS), Human Rights Watch, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and partners are running a twitter campaign highlighting human rights violations around Sudan and calling members of the UN Human Rights Council at its 27th session to take seriously the deteriorating human rights situation in Sudan.

Our demand: We want member states at #HRC27 to adopt a strong resolution on Sudan that condemns the egregious human rights violations committed throughout the country andappoints a UN expert to monitor and investigate human rights abuses and publicly report on findings.

Why now?

The UN Human Rights Council is meeting now to discuss the human rights situation in Sudan as part of its 27th session held in Geneva.

The human rights situation in Sudan is deteriorating. There is not enough information getting out about the reality on the ground. We want the Human Rights Council, the premier global human rights body, to take seriously the human rights crisis in Sudan. It should clearly denounce restrictions on freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression, the excessive use of force against protests which led to the killing of scores of protesters, and the increasing indiscriminate attacks, including aerial bombardments, against civilians in Blue Nile, Southern Kordofan and Darfur states, as well as put in place an effective independent human rights monitoring and reporting mechanism so that Human Rights Council members and other decision makers can be informed of the situation in the country.

What can you do?

Use the hash tags: #HRC27 and #Sudan to tweet in order to support our demands and spread information about the human rights violations in Sudan.

You can tweet messages to states represented at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. We have provided below a list of twitter handles of delegations and diplomats in Geneva, and suggestions of messages you might tweet.

When should you tweet for #Sudan?

To maximize the impact of this campaign please tweet between Monday 15 September to Friday 19 September 2014.

Don’t forget to use the hashtags:  #HRC27 and #Sudan.

What should I say?

Here are a few sample tweets that you can try:

UN #HRC27 must adopt strong #Sudan resolution, appoint independent expert to monitor/report violations in all country http://bit.ly/1ur9fJ2

In 2014 #Sudan deployed “Rapid Support Forces” who attacked #NubaMountains & Darfur #HRC27 http://bit.ly/1rpoOSo via @hrw

@UN_HRC should respond effectively to the gravity of the human rights situation in #Sudan #HRC27 http://www.fidh.org/en/africa/sudan/16013-un-human-rights-council-should-respond-effectively-to-the-gravity-of-the via @fidh_en

2014: #Sudan bombed NGOs, markets, hospitals, villages, churches & mosques in #NubaMountains https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaXvW346Ols via @NubaReports #HRC27

#UN expert reports poor prisons conditions in Darfur #Sudan at #HRC27. 3 detainees died due to poor conditions in Port Sudan last month http://bit.ly/1qK6125 via @AfricanCentre

#Sudan those behind unlawful killings and torture of protesters must be brought to justice #HRC27 http://bit.ly/1uzbdGq via @AfricanCentre

UN #HRC27: #Sudan should release journalist held without charges for 3rd month http://cpj.org/x/5b90 via @pressfreedom #FreeHassanIshaq

May 2013 to May 2014: 91 newspapers confiscated or suspended from printing in #Sudan &12 journalists banned from writing #HRC27via @jhrnews

Twitter handles of diplomatic missions in Geneva

UN Geneva: @UNGeneva

HRC Secretariat:  @UN_HRC

UN Geneva: @UNOG_DG

Key Human Rights Council members:

United States: @usmissiongeneva

US Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council: @USAmbHRC

United Kingdom: @UKMissionGeneva

France: @FranceONUGeneve

Italy: @ItMissionUNNY

Germany: @GermanyUN

European Union @EU_UNGeneva

Brazil‏ @BrazilUNGeneva

Mexico @MisionMexOI

Africa:

South Africa: @SAMissionNY

Botswana: @BWGovernment

Rwanda: @RwandaEmbGeneva

Sierra Leone: @SLUNMission

African Union @AUobsUN