Senegalese Adama Dieng, a renowned jurist and former UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, was appointed Friday as a human rights expert for Sudan by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.
« He will take up his duties with immediate effect and his mandate will expire when the civilian government (in Sudan) is restored, » according to a statement from the High Commissioner’s office. The appointment of an expert was called for last week by a resolution of the Human Rights Council, the highest UN body in the field, to monitor and report on the actions of the junta that seized power in Sudan on October 25 and has since severely repressed popular opposition to the coup. Adama Dieng, 71, served as Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda from 2001 to 2008 before being appointed UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide. Mr. Dieng is charged by the resolution with monitoring the human rights situation, in close collaboration with the UN human rights office already established in the country. « He will have to be particularly attentive to the victims » and « will have to speak with all parties, including civil society, » the statement said. Mr. Dieng’s work on the ground will contribute to the written report that Michelle Bachelet will present in June 2022 at the 50th regular session of the Human Rights Council. On Thursday, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhane, the author of the coup in Sudan, appointed a new Sovereignty Council, from which representatives of the bloc calling for a transfer of power to civilians have been excluded. After the fall in 2019 of the dictator Omar al-Bashir, a Sovereignty Council, composed of civilians and military, had been set up to oversee the transition to democracy under the presidency of General Burhane. On October 25, Burhane dissolved all institutions, declared a state of emergency and arrested most of the civilian leaders, leading to an avalanche of condemnation and cuts in international aid.