First Session
Civil Society Forum Sudan and South Sudan - January 2013


The First Session of the Civil Society Forum on Sudan and South Sudan convened in Addis Ababa on 21-23 January 2013. This three-day event was organised by Darfur Relief and Documentation Centre in collaboration with the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies, Darfur Bar Association, Human Rights Institute of South Africa and South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy. The Forum was organised as a civil society contribution to the 20th session of the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government.

More than 80 participants attended the first session of the Forum. They represent independent NGOs from Sudan and South Sudan as well as Sudan-focused civil society groups from Africa and Western Europe. Senior officials from the African Union Commission, Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the United Nations and the European Union attended the First Session of the Civil Society Forum on Sudan and South Sudan. The key objectives of the Forum are:

The first session of the Forum adopted 11 (eleven) Resolutions addressing an array of issues in Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan.


The resolutions adopted addressed the following matters:

  1. Humanitarian Situation in the Southern Kordofan and the Blue Nile States
  2. Armed Militias in Sudan
  3. Status of Stateless Persons in Sudan
  4. Human Rights Situation in the Republic of South Sudan
  5. United Nations and African Union Hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID)
  6. Report of the African Union High-Level Panel on Darfur (AUHIP)
  7. Situation in Darfur
  8. Critical Situation of Women in Sudan and South Sudan
  9. Civil Rights and Political Freedoms in Sudan
  10. Situation in Abyei Area
  11. Civil Society: Current Situation and Recommendations


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