Khartoum - In an exclusive statement to Sudan Vision the Independent Expert on Human Rights in Sudan, Aristide Nononsi said that his visit objective is to follow up the
progress achieved since his last visit especially in regard to the support provided to South Sudanese refugees to engage the international community in providing the required support. He emphasized the importance of consulting the civil society organizations and NGOs to assess the situation.
Nononsi testified that there is a considerable improvement but there are still some challenges.
He concluded that he will make a brief after finishing his mission to show the results of the assessment conducted.
For his part, Sudan Commissioner of Refugees, Eng. Hamad Al-Gizouli said that their meeting talked on the issues of human trafficking and smuggling. He affirmed that Sudan has played its role through hosting the Human Trafficking and Smuggling Conference, adding that the international response towards Khartoum Declaration was weak.
He stated to Sudan Vision that he told the Independent Expert that Sudan is hosting more than 2 million refugees from Chad, CAR, Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Yemen, and Syria, pointing out that South Sudanese refugees are around 1 million and 300 thousand.
He also told Nononsi about the start of registration of refugees and the challenges facing the process, pointing out that the registration started in Khartoum State and will continue in other states.
Al-Gizouli said that the international community support Sudan in hosting the refugees doesn’t exceed 31%, hoping that the international community provides the aspired support before the rainy season, affirming that he told the Independent expert on the conditions of the refugees in eastern Sudan who are in need for improving the basic services.
Al-Gizouli said that the Independent Expert promised to follow up the issue and discuss it with the UNHCR Commissioner and other concerned institutions to improve the services of the refugees in Sudan.
The Independent Expert said that he recognizes the weak response of the international community to support Sudan to enable the government meet the requirements of the refugees.
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