AGJA expresses concern over instability and atrocities committed in Sudan

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AGJA statement, 1 June 2023

The Africa Group for Justice and Accountability (AGJA) calls on the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) to commit to an end to hostilities and to respect the lives, dignity and democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people.

AGJA expresses its concern over the ongoing violence in Sudan and allegations that parties to the conflict in the country have perpetrated human rights abuses and international crimes.

The Group calls on all sides involved in the hostilities to commit to the protection of civilians in line with international humanitarian and international human rights law.

Moreover, AGJA urges the international community to hold any and all perpetrators of international crimes to account. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been conducting an investigation into Darfur, Sudan, since 2005.

From 17-19 May 2023, a cohort of AGJA members participated in expert meetings held in Nairobi, Kenya, by the Wayamo Foundation to address the collection and preservation of evidence – including open-source and digital information – relating to alleged human rights abuses and international crimes. AGJA commends and encourages these and all other relevant efforts aimed at delivering justice and accountability for victims and survivors of atrocities in Sudan.

In line with its Kilimanjaro Principles, the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability stands ready to provide expertise and advice on this subject to all interested parties.

The situation in Sudan deteriorated on 15 April 2023 when armed conflict broke out between the SAF and the RSF. Civilians have been caught in the crossfire, as the two belligerent forces vie for power. Reports suggest that at least 900 people have been killed in clashes across the country, including Darfur. Many more have fled their homes. Repeated attempts to broker cease-fires have failed.

The Africa Group for Justice and Accountability (AGJA) supports efforts to strengthen justice and accountability measures in Africa through domestic and regional capacity building, advice and outreach, and enhancing co-operation between Africa and the International Criminal Court. It comprises senior African experts on international criminal law and human rights, including political figures, members of international and domestic tribunals, and human rights advocates.