11 May 2015
Violence against women in Sudan cannot be justified a United Nations expert has said ahead of the first official UN visit to Sudan on the issue in a decade.
Priorities for special investigator Rashida Manjoo include assessing the situation for women in conflict and non-conflict areas, as well as violence against refugees and others who’ve been internally displaced.
Cathrine Hasselberg has more.
It’s been almost 10 years since the government of Sudan has agreed to a UN independent expert visiting the country to assess the extent of violence against women and girls.
The issue is a global problem, as Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo stresses in a statement released ahead of her visit that begins on Wednesday.
But she says that the internal conflict that has been affecting several regions of the country “cannot justify” the gender-based violence there.
Latest UN estimates suggest that by the end of 2015, there could be up to 460,000 refugees and asylum-seekers in Sudan.
During her 13-day tour, the independent investigator plans to visit shelters, detention centres and camps for internally displaced people.
She’ll also meet victims of gender-based violence, along with government authorities and civil society representatives across the country, from Khartoum to Nyala, as well as in North and South Kordofan.
Her findings and recommendations are to be announced to the UN’s human rights watchdog – the Human Rights Council – in August.
Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations