Nordic-Baltic countries address the Human Rights Council at the 32nd Special Session of the Council on the human rights implications of the ongoing situation in Sudan.

Nordic-Baltic countries address the Human Rights Council at the 32nd Special Session of the Council on the human rights implications of the ongoing situation in Sudan.

Chairperson,

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic countries, Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden and my own country, Finland.

We are gravely concerned by the recent developments in the Republic of the Sudan. We strongly condemn the military coup. We call for the immediate release of the Prime Minister, civilian government leaders, human rights defenders, journalists and all other political detainees since the coup and the immediate return to the civilian-led Transitional Government. The leaders of the coup have entered a path that is dangerous for the country and its people. We strongly urge them to reconsider to step back.

Those in power in Sudan have an obligation to respect, protect and fulfil all human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law. They must ensure a safe environment where everyone can freely exercise their freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and association. This includes members of political parties, civil society, human rights defenders, journalists and media workers.  We urge all authorities in Sudan to refrain from unlawful dispersal of protests and end the use of unlawful force. We underscore the need to prevent and redress all human rights violations, including all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls, especially sexual- and gender based violence.

Similarly, the authorities must ensure prompt, independent, transparent and impartial investigations into all human rights violations and abuses. The international community, including the Human Rights Council, must stand with the people of Sudan and do its utmost to ensure that perpetrators of violations and abuses are held accountable.

We reiterate our full support to a civilian-led transition to democracy and those working for a democratic Sudan. A fully legitimate civilian government ensuring peace, freedom and justice for the Sudanese people remains the best guarantee for long-term stability and prosperity of the country.

Thank you.