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Diplomatic considerations not pressure behind decision to cede UNHRC candidacy, Sudan says

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September 3, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan has denied that the withdrawal of its candidacy for a seat on the United Nations’ (UN) Human Rights Council (HRC) came as a result of pressure from activists, saying that the decision was dictated by "diplomatic considerations".

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FILE PHOTO - Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti (L) meets with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at Khartoum, Sudan on July 8, 2011. (XinhuaMohammed Babiker)

Sudan was due to run unchallenged this November as part of five African countries selected for seats on the 15-member HRC under the UN system of regional voting blocks.

The possibility of Sudan gaining a seat on the Geneva-based body responsible for promoting human rights worldwide has sparked outrage among human rights groups and UN critics over what they saw as a farcical candidacy given Sudan’s poor human rights record and the fact that a number of its leaders including President Omer Al-Bashir are wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for atrocities they allegedly masterminded in the country’s western region of Darfur.

As pressure mounted from a coalition of human rights groups and countries working to upend the candidacy, Sudan quietly announced in a letter dated 30 August that it was pulling out of the competition and asked Djibouti to take its place.

However, Khartoum sought on Monday to dismiss speculation that pressure and lobbying had forced the country to withdraw its candidacy, attributing the decision to “diplomatic considerations” arising from the country’s current economic situation.

The official spokesperson of Sudan’s foreign ministry, Al-Obaied Adam Marawih, said that Khartoum withdrew voluntarily from the candidacy without any pressure exercised on it. According to Marawih, the withdrawal was dictated by diplomatic considerations including the fact that being an HRC member requires tremendous diplomatic work and “that’s something Sudan cannot fulfill in the current situation as the country struggles with financial difficulties.”

In light of these circumstances, Marawih added, the ministry decided in consultation with other relevant bodies to withdraw from the competition and allow another African country to run. He, however, insisted that Sudan reserves the right to run as a candidate for future HRC sessions.

Sudan is one of 12 countries currently placed under HRC’s special procedures with an independent expert mandated to oversee the human rights situation in the country.

Following the withdrawal of its candidacy, Sudan said it was now expecting HRC to end the mandate of the independent expert.

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  • 4 September 2012 08:31, by Observer

    Does this Govt think we are all stupid?? Of course there was diplomatic pressure - and we know why.
    We have an President wanted for war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity. We have a Govt who is killing and starving its own citizens... we have people detained unlawfully in jails etc and our Govt expects that the HRC mandate will be lifted.
    Our human rights record has not improved at al

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    • 4 September 2012 08:43, by Aaban

      It is not our fult that the Ja alin are criminals and sabotagees hypocritical creature and a product of doom in our country, there fult start when the discriminated against the south using us to fight with them in order for them to hold power unknowledgely, they kept doing their wicked ludicrous which resumble their culture of racist and ignorant toward. The landlord, they divided our country 2

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      • 4 September 2012 08:48, by Aaban

        They are ignoring the voices of the voiceless people, they resort into kidnapping, and disappear of educated and advocate for right and equality, they believed in total power of evil because they sold their should to evil, they do not have a shame in their blood yet they kept doing opossum without explain the situation to their brain, they are so cowardly emotional of how to keep power by killing

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        • 4 September 2012 08:53, by Aaban

          Murdering, torture and kidnapping of the citizens, where is the government who kidnapped it own people and fool himself to be the ruler of people in the world, this alone can define the meaning of coward and power greedy ja’lain master,
          There is no country in the world that each an every leader believed in using force to solve it crisis but here in this country where the coward do not consider

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          • 4 September 2012 09:01, by Aaban

            His citizen has people but tursch, I was arrested long time ago due to my point of view of how the country is being run by the grouped of coward. Who are scare of nothing but losing the power, where am I now, they tried to killed me but because God father in heave know what I had done wrong, today I am not frighten of their evil act and death is a place that no coward will resist

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            • 4 September 2012 13:51, by sudani ana

              Aaban AKA Dinka Dominated Shit
              Give over man. We know who you are its not going to work quoting the holy Quran. No muslim on this earth ever says "God our father in heaven" like you just did. Only Christians say this.
              So just stop wasting your time posting crap here. You need to learn to write in English first.

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              • 4 September 2012 14:07, by Aaban

                Look how. Foolishly you sees things in wrong side , why would I called myself with such a names you idiot ? The name which I called myself is a blessing name and you know it unless you are ja ja alin idiot not fake names like yours and Dinka domina spla, I will not talk to you because I know you don’t accept your mother, why me,

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                • 4 September 2012 14:30, by sudani ana

                  Aaban AKA Dinka Dominated spla/m
                  Funny how you ignored my comment about you saying "God our father in heaven", which no Muslim ever says, only Christians say it.

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                  • 4 September 2012 15:20, by Aaban

                    It doesn’t make you feel good than being idiot with your kalamparic that dose not suiit me to reply to you, anybody who disagreed with you is either evil or foreigner, you don’t have differ with your so called diana domineering because your names represent the same agenda here, you don’t need to question my way of calling God name since you are non believer,

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                    • 4 September 2012 15:28, by Aaban

                      You must be from that deadhead tribe of Al-Bedairya_Al-Dahmashya community, otherwise nobody in this country can be proud of ja’lain Gov, we are well off with you mastering everythings in the country. Do I talk like Dinka spla? Be it everyone has a course to believe what is good with him or her,
                      But make sure that your terminology of calling me with names danka dominat is not annoying me ,

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                      • 4 September 2012 16:22, by sudani ana

                        Aaban
                        Does it go something like this Dear father who art in heaven blessed be thy name. Anyway I’ll let you have the last word because I have fun reading your comments. Am pleased the Bendairya Dahmashia are back in your vocabulary again.. I did miss that.

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                        • 4 September 2012 16:49, by Aaban

                          Are you even a believer? Or you sold your soul to evil just like your deadhead tribe of Al-Bedairya_Al-Dahmashya community does? Because Allah has sickened your hearts of ja lian disbelievers and increased their disease.
                          You don’t ve shame in ur blood nor you can accept what non ja’lain said,

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                  • 4 September 2012 20:52, by mohamed mahgoub

                    S.ana why u insist to get religious into this did u read the article or their coments,u want them to tell u about mohs. wifes again or ur finger in ur .... five times aday u know there r all kinds of pressures put on NCP to cede this stupid idea ,u can say anything else but not such a sensitives when u dont have a leverage to argue (H.rights ,honesty,religion...)

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