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GAD--a transliteration of the word 'serious' in Arabic--stands for a joint force of southerners and northerners in Sudan fighting for democracy and human rights.
*GAD is not a political party;
*GAD does not support violence that is contrary to international law;
*GAD is an organisation of Sudanese in Sudan, who regularly suffer persecution for their defense of human rights;
GAD calls upon the government of Sudan:
*To respect the human rights of every person under its jurisdiction;
*To refrain from the arrest, harrassment and persecution of human rights defenders in Sudan;
*To provide for the full equality--in all civil, poliical, economic and social rights of the population;
*To allow fair and free elections that can only be held and full and unhindered international supervision and with full freedom of expression, assembly and association.
The current government of Sudan is undemocratic and has led to the worst economic decline fo this country that has ever been expeienced. If the current government cannot govern, it must resign!
On behalf of the Democratic Forces Front (abbreviated from Arabic as GAD), we the undersigned, hereby draw your attention to an important issue concerning serious, gross, widespread and systematic abuses of the human rights the internally displaced persons in Khartoum city and surrounding areas by the Khartoum State government.
We express serious concern and anxiety over the quickly and seriously deteriorating relations between the Khartoum State government and the internally displaced persons in Khartoum city and surrounding areas. We are especially concerned by the inhumane, cruel and degrading treatment to which the internally displaced persons are subjected on a regular basis.
During the last fifteen years, thousands of persons from the South and West of Sudan have come to Khartoum city and surrounding areas. The main reason for this influx has been the war in southern Sudan, the unstable security in the West of Sudan and the drought. When they arrive in Khartoum city and surrounding areas these people are treated like second class citizens and the following situations indicate the inhumane treatment to which they have been subjected by the government:
1. Their houses are demolished in Mayo City, Haj Yousif and Jebel Aulia and they have frequently been left homeless without any alternative housing.
2. Their churches have been demolished in the same areas and they have been deprived of places of worship.
3. Their schools have been demolished and they have been deprived of places in which their children can receive a basic education in accordance with their parent's religious, linguistic and cultural values.
4. Religious leaders of different non-Muslim denominations have been arrested, detained, and mistreated and denied a fair trial. The cases of Father Hillary Boma and Father Lino Sabit are examples of cases that have been recognised as violating international human rights law concerning fair trial standards by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in his most recent report.
5. Women have been arbitrarily imprisoned and mistreated while in custody for brewing alcohol. The mistreatment has reached the extent of torture, cruel, inhumane and degrading punishment when lashes are prescribed and dispensed as the punishment for this crime, while these women have no alternatives for their own and their families economic survival.
6. The children of imprisoned internally displaced persons living in the Mayo City, Haj Yousif and Jebel Aulia areas as well as elsewhere in and around Khartoum have been completely neglected.
The government of Sudan is a member of the United Nations and the Organisation of African Unity. The government of Sudan has ratified many treaties that legally binds it to respect the basic rights of the internally displaced persons that are regularly violated. Among these treaties are the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the African Charter of Human and Peoples' Rights and the Convention on the Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
Each of these treaties are being violated daily in respect of the rights to housing, education, health care, religion, enjoyment of culture, freedom of expression, freedom of association, work, and humane treatment of internally displaced person. In Sudan, internally displaced persons are being oppressed to the extent that it threatens their very existence as a group of people in society.
In light of this oppression and violation of human rights, the undersigned call upon all Sudanese, and all members of the international community, to oppose the government's oppression of the internally displaced persons in Sudan and to oppose and take all necessary measures to end the gross and systematic violation of the human rights of the internally displaced persons in Sudan.
Signed by Ghazi Suleiman, Chairperson of the Political Office of GAD
Signed Dr. Toby Madut, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of GAD
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