Torture in Sudan: priorities for change

REDRESS and the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) have issued the following briefing paper to coincide with the ongoing session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, which is taking place from the 24th of April to the 14th of May in Egypt.

The briefing identifies priority areas for reform on torture in Sudan following the recent removal of Omar al-Bashir as President.

It focuses on reparations for victims of torture, ensuring individual accountability and preventing torture in the future, and makes a series of recommendations.

The African Commission has decided seven cases against Sudan involving torture or ill-treatment, with at least ten cases outstanding. In each of these cases the African Commission has found sufficient evidence of torture and other ill-treatment, and thereby violations of article 5 of the African Charter (right to dignity and freedom from torture and ill-treatment).