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Sudan: U.S. Welcomes Sudan Draft Transitional Constitution

Khartoum / Washington D.c. — The US Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives welcomed Sudan’s Bar Association’s draft transitional constitution framework on Tuesday. In a press statement made by the Foreign Affairs Committee, they said praised the association’s efforts in engaging “a diverse set of Sudanese pro-democracy stakeholders in putting forward this proposal”.

They urged Sudanese stakeholders to “seriously consider this document” and take steps to “further develop its principles in order to build a consensus”, the statement read.

However, the statement noted that to ensure cooperation between the US and Sudan, “a civilian-led transitional government must be established”, also calling on “accountability for violence and human rights abuses and continue to stand with the Sudanese people in their pursuit of democracy, peace, and justice”.

Sudan’s Bar Association and their work with US government has been met with criticism from the Communist Party of Sudan (CPoS) and the women’s activist group, No to Women’s Oppression Organisation.

The CPoS stated that the Steering Committee of the Bar Association has neither the legal nor union sanction, “to issue a draft constitution”.

In an interview with Radio Dabanga, the women’s organisation leader Amira Othman also reserved criticism of the draft. Othman said that the drafts inclusivity proposal of having 50 per cent of women participating is of “no concern to her”, due to their “rejection of the constitution in principle”.

She added that draft was a “repetition of the same mistakes” and demanded the constitution adopt the charters of the resistance committees into a charter.

Since US Ambassador John Godfrey’s arrival in Sudan, he has met with residents of Zamzam camp for the displaced near El Fasher, capital of North Darfur, requested international protection from continuous violations and attacks.