On the 21st of September 2020, the Geneva Institute for Human Rights signed a joint cooperation agreement with the Institute of Judicial and Legal Science (Sudan), in the presence of Mr. Nazar Abdulgadir (Executive Director, GIHR) and Her Excellency Susan Saeed Shendi (Dean of the Institute) and Permanent Representative of Sudan to the United Nations, his Excellency Ambassador Ali Bin Abi Talib.
This collaboration was born out of the common desire to develop and strengthen the relationship between the scientific and legal field, in addition to promoting a thriving culture of human rights. The agreement included a number of provisions aimed at raising the capacities of judges, public prosecutors, legal advisors at the Ministry of Justice, lawyers and students in the field of human rights, the conduction of studies and research in the field of human rights, and the organisation of activities aimed at the dissemination and exchange of human rights education, that relates human rights to real-life experiences.
Mr. Nazar Abdulgadir, Executive Director of the Geneva Institute for Human Rights, stated that signing this agreement is extremely important as it is a part of the intensive efforts the Institute is making in supporting the transitional period in Sudan. Furthermore, the exchange of experience and expertise with the Institute of Judicial and Legal Science will aid in the development of effective efforts in the achievement of a secure future for Sudan.
Similarly, Dr. Susan Saeed, the Dean of the Institute of Judicial and Legal Science, stated that the signing of the cooperation agreement with the Geneva Institute for Human Rights is a necessary step to strengthen the capabilities of the Sudanese judicial system by establishing human rights principles, concepts and standards. Moreover, it is a pivotal step in ensuring the implementation of human rights treaties adhered to by Sudan.
Finally, Ambassador Ali Bin Abi Talib, permanent representative of Sudan to the United Nations, stressed the importance of capacity-building and awareness raising of human rights issues among the Sudanese government agencies, particularly those involved in the field of justice. In addition, he affirmed the willingness of Sudan’s permanent mission in Geneva to support initiatives aimed at improving the human rights situation in Sudan, including transferring and exchanging experiences with international organizations working in the field of human rights. The Ambassador praised this agreement that coincides with Sudan’s transition into democracy and it’s realignment within the framework of international human rights mechanisms.
It is worth noting that the Geneva Institute for Human Rights signed this agreement acknowledging the importance of strengthening the capacities of judges, members of the Public Prosecution Office, legal advisors at the Ministry of Justice, lawyers and students of the Sudanese Law School in the field of human rights.
The conclusion of this joint cooperation demonstrates the Institutes will to expand the base of its local partnerships and international cooperation with the corresponding scientific and training institutions, affirming the position of the Geneva Institute for Human Rights as a leading scientific institution specialized in the field of judicial and legal qualification and training.