Concluding Observations and Recommendations on the Third Periodic Report of the Republic of Sudan (2003-2008)
Summary: This report compiles all mentions of children's rights in the Concluding Observations of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights.
Last Examined: 13-27 May 2009
The Delegation was led by Mr Abdel Hameed A. Mohamed, who presented the Report.
The Commission commended Sudan regarding:
- The efforts and measures taken to address the poor conditions of detainees by the setting up of Community Police Training Centres, special detention units for children and the Special Bureau for Detainee Affairs and a Medical Unit. (Paragraph 16)
- The openness of the Government of Sudan in acknowledging that despite efforts to eradicate harmful cultural practice, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) still persists. (Paragraph 17)
- The efforts to address the problem of street children and programmes that excludes children from joining the multiplicity of armed groups, in particular, welcomed the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration programme that aims to bring them back to their families and integrate them into society. It also commended the Government of Sudan for enacting a Children’s Act and for setting up the National Commission of Children responsible for providing material comfort for needy children especially those who have been internally displaced. (Paragraph 19)
The Commission raised concerns about:
- Child labour and recruitment of child soldiers, particularly in Darfur still take place. (Paragraph 32)
The Commission recommended that Sudan:
- Create a separate Ministry of Children’s Affairs to address the pressing issues children face in Sudan. (Paragraph 49)
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