On the 21st of October 2020, the Geneva Institute for Human Rights signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Training and Capacity Development - Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sudan, with the aim of raising the capacities of those working in the field of human rights and enhancing their knowledge and interaction with international human rights mechanisms.
The signing of the Memorandum took place in the presence of Ambassador Ali bin Abi Talib Abdulrahman (Permanent Representative of Sudan to the United Nations Office at Geneva) and Mr. Nazar Abdelgadir (Executive Director of GIHR).
In acknowledgement of Sudan’s accession to international treaties and agreements, as well as the States membership at the United Nations Human Rights Council (2020-2022), both parties share the common goal of strengthening communication and cooperation with United Nations institutions concerned with monitoring and protecting human rights.
More specifically, the focus of both parties is to cooperate and coordinate effectively in working towards raising the capabilities of diplomats in the field of human rights, organizing activities focuses on the advancement of human rights, conducting human rights research, as well as knowledge exchange visits.
Ambassador Ali bin Abi Talib stressed the importance of capacity building and raising awareness of human rights issues among diplomats at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and bringing Sudan in line with international human rights obligations, particularly during its transition to democracy. He further expressed the mission's readiness to support initiatives aimed at improving the human rights situation in Sudan, by exchanging experiences with international institutions and organizations working in the field of human rights.
On the other hand, Executive Director of the Geneva Institute for Human Rights, Mr. Nazar Abdelgadir stated that the signing of this memorandum coincides with the 56th anniversary of the glorious October 21 revolution, enabling the Sudanese people to build democratic institutions, marking Sudan's exit from the special procedures of the Human Rights Council and removing Sudan’s terrorism designation.