Sudan gets a seat at the human rights international committee
Sudan-UN, Politics, 5/5/2004
Sudan secured getting a seat in the UN human rights committee amid criticism from certain human rights committees.
The African countries chose Sudan to occupy the seat, as several countries which will occupy the seats through regional coalitions before voting at the UN social and economic council in New York.
Juana Weshler, the UN representative at the Human Rights Watch -- one of the 10 organizations issued a protest statement -- that "the government that takes part in collective punishment should not be offered a seat on the table." She added this is considered a test for the credibility for regional aggregations regarding the selection of candidates for greater posts at the UN.
In the African group which have rotating nomination for the posts of the committee, Sudan, Genera and Togo will occupy seats in the committee while Kenya will occupy a fourth seat. There are 14 vacant seats of the seats of the human rights committee which includes 53 countries as members. These seats were to be occupied yesterday and today.
Sudan raised criticism at the world level in April 2003, and the human rights committee which has Geneva as a headquarters expressed concern over conditions in Sudan. Khartoum is accused of supporting Arab militias that carry out acts of killing, destruction and raping Africans in Darfour areas.
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