New UN Human Rights Commissioner to visit Sudan

The new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, is visiting Sudan in his first foreign mission since assuming his position, with the goal of monitoring the human rights situation in the country.

Khartoum: AlTaghyeer

The new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, will begin his foreign visits by arriving in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on for a three-day official visit.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, appointed Volker Türk, who is considered one of his closest aides, as High Commissioner for Human Rights, in early September.

Turk’s visit to Sudan is the first official visit of its kind to any country in the world since he assumed his position as Commissioner for Human Rights.

The visit will last from November 13 to the 16th of November.

According to a Friday press release, the High Commissioner is scheduled to meet with the head of the revolutionary Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, and a number of senior Sudanese officials.

The human rights situation in Sudan is witnessing deterioration, with more than a hundred protesters having been killed and thousands detained, forcibly disappeared, as well as those allegedly raped and sexually assaulted as documented by human rights groups, ever since Al-Burhan’s October 2021 military coup.

He will also meet with representatives of the National Human Rights Commission and civil society institutions, including women and youth groups, as well as representatives of United Nations agencies and regional organizations.

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