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Sudan: Court Sentences Woman to Death for Converting to Christianity

(May 21, 2014) On May 15, 2014, a first instance court in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum ruled against a Christian woman and imposed a punishment of 100 lashes and the death penalty after finding her guilty of adultery and apostasy. Islamic law considers the marriage of a Muslim woman to a Christian man to […]

Sudan: Citizenship Changed for Residents from the South

(July 20, 2011) On July 13, 2011, the Parliament of Sudan passed a law that ends Sudanese citizenship for residents of the newly independent state of South Sudan. Although the legislation had yet to have its third reading, Member of Parliament Ismail al-Haj Musa stated that all “southerners are going to lose their Sudanese nationality […]

Sudan: Framework Accord Between Government and Liberation Movement

(July 1, 2011) On June 28, 2011, the “Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) on Political Partnership between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM-North, and Political and Security Arrangements in Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan States” was concluded. (Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the […]

South Sudan; Sudan: Sexual, Gender Violence

(Feb. 25, 2011) On February 20, 2011, the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), a local civil rights organization, accused the Northern Sudanese security apparatus of systematically using gender-based violence against female activists, in response to anti-government protests. (Sudan Used Sexual Violence Against Female Activists, Right [sic] Group Says, SUDAN TRIBUNE (Feb. 22, 2011), The […]

Sudan: Corporal Punishment Incident Under Investigation

(Dec. 15, 2010) It was reported on December 12, 2010, that the Sudanese Judicial Authority ordered an investigation into the way in which a flogging sentence was carried out against a woman convicted on indecency charges (Judiciary Orders Probe Into Video of Woman Being Flogged, SUDAN TRIBUNE (Dec. 12, 2010), The investigation comes after […]

Sudan: Woman Tried Under Sudanese Criminal Code for Wearing Pants

(Aug. 20, 2009) It was recently reported in the Saudi Arabian press that a Sudanese woman faces 40 lashes for wearing pants in public. The woman, who works as a journalist with the United Nations Mission in Sudan, is being tried under article 152 of the Sudanese Criminal Code of 1991. Article 152 provides for […]

Permanent Court of Arbitration; Sudan: Ruling on Long Disputed Abyei Region

(July 31, 2009) On July 22, 2009, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague rendered its final award in the arbitration between the Government of Sudan (in the north, whose capital is Khartoum) and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (of southern Sudan, whose headquarters is Juba) on the delimitation of the Abyei region […]

Sudan: Controversial Press Law Approved by Parliament

(June 15, 2009) On June 8, 2009, Sudan's National Assembly unanimously approved the Press and Publication Act (also referred to as the Journalism and Press Publications Bill 2009), which guarantees freedom of the press but fails to abolish censorship. A number of provisions of the draft law had been highly controversial, even sparking protests in […]

Sudan: Regional Law on Children’s Rights Issued

(Apr. 14, 2009) On April 9, 2009, it was reported that the President of the Government of Southern Sudan (an autonomous region within Sudan), Salva Kiir, officially launched the first law in that region to recognize children's rights. The UNICEF director for Southern Sudan, Peter Crowley, called this step “a major milestone in creating a […]

Sudan: Parliament Passes Law on Elections

(July 2, 2008) On July 1, 2008, Sudan's National Assembly passed a draft law on general elections. The bill had been recommended by the Committee on Legislation and Justice. It establishes a mixed electoral system, involving both majority rule and proportional representation, and it sets a standard for the rate of participation by women. Sixty […]