Home | News    Sunday 23 March 2014

Sudan undertaking measures to stop human trafficking: official

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

March 22, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The city of Kassala in eastern Sudan announced that government agencies are implementing strict measures in border areas to stop human trafficking, as well as food and fuel smuggling to neighbouring countries.

JPEG - 15 kb
Refugees wait to be registered at Shagarab refugee camp in eastern Sudan, often the first point of entry for Eritreans fleeing oppression in their homeland (UNHCR)

The mayor of Kassala locality, Osman Mohamed Nur, told the government-sponsored the Sudanese Media Center (SMC) website that the recently enacted federal law on the prevention of human trafficking and smuggling, as well as state legislation on the same matter have contributed to curbing this phenomena.

This month members of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) called on Egypt and Sudan to take action to investigate and prosecute human traffickers accused of kidnapping, torturing, and killing Eritrean refugees in the Sinai Peninsula.

Thousands of Eritreans have fled repression in their homeland, which is referred to as the North Korea of Africa, usually transiting via Sudan and Egypt en route to Europe, Israel or other countries.

In a statement issued on 13 March on behalf of the council, Hanns Schumacher, Germany’s permanent representative, said there was substantial evidence that Eritrean refugees had been the target of physical and sexual abuse “in a most brutal, frequent and systematic way”.

While Schumacher acknowledged that both Sudan and Egypt had taken some steps to address the issue, the practice continued and instruments in place to address this situation – both at national and international level – are either lacking or not sufficiently implemented or enforced.

“We urge all countries concerned to launch a concerted effort to identify, and to investigate the alleged involvement of officials, and to hold accountable all persons involved in these horrendous crimes,” he said.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Darfur Conflict: why Mbeki has to soberly reflect on the missing links 2015-03-25 21:31:44 By Trayo Ahmed Ali There is no way to deny the fact that the protracted Darfur conflict has, at certain junctures received sufficient international attention. Certainly the velocity of the (...)

How can the U.S. exercise leadership in South Sudan’s peace process? 2015-03-25 08:54:55 By: Amir Idris In light of the recent collapse of the peace process and the resumption of the military confrontations between the Government of South Sudan and the SPLM in Opposition, the United (...)

Sudan, the Obama Administration, and the costs of rapprochement 2015-03-25 08:54:43 By Eric Reeves Sudan holds elections in mid-April, including a vote for the next President. It is a foregone conclusion that the victor will be the same man who has ruled Sudan with an iron fist (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Seventy-six organizations call for publication of AU Inquiry Report as deadline for peace passes 2015-03-07 05:04:51 6 March 2015: FOR Immediate Release SOUTH SUDAN: The African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) should immediately consider, publish and disseminate the final report of the Commission (...)

Archbishop Taban calls for reconciliation and forgiveness 2015-02-23 09:30:38 February 2015 Greetings from Peace Village, Kuron. It is really a Peace Village. I had my peaceful Christmas and a Prosperous New Year in Kuron. God really blessed the area with Peace. You can (...)

WFP appreciates US additional support for S. Sudan’s hungry 2015-02-19 08:20:15 17 February 2015 (JUBA)- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$165.5 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to feed (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2015 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.