Voices for Sudan: Focus on outcome of the UN Human Rights Council 30th Session in Geneva, Role of U.S, U.K and A.U

VRS Round table Discussion Forum
  Focus on the Outcome of UN Human Rights Council 30th Session.
Role of U.S, U.K and A.U

(Disappointment over Sudan & South Sudan)

Thursday October 22, 2015

10:30 a.m – 12 noon


1400 16th Street N.W # 430

Washington, DC 20036

Conference Room, 4th Floor

 Special Guest Speakers 

Hannah Watson, Foreign and Security Policy (Africa and Conflict issues),British Embassy Washington

Clement Nyaletsossi Voule,Program Manager States in Transition, Head of African Diplomacy (Via Skype)

Office of United States Special Envoy to

Sudan & South Sudan (invited):



Featured Speakers 

Hanadi Elhadi Board Member
(Focus on Sudan and women empowerment)
Emanuella Bringi, VFS Executive Assistant and Diaspora Progrm Coordinator
(Focus on youth engagement and role of new generation to end impunity)
(Via Skype from Canada)




Katie Campo

Program Officer

Africa Team

National Endowment for Democracy


Opening Remarks

Jimmy Mulla

President & Co-Founder, Voices for Sudan.

RSVP: E-mail at ebringi@voicesforsudan.org. For further information e-mail info@voicesforsudan.org
Bio of Speakers


Jimmy Mulla’s professional career has shifted between the technical field, research, and important Sudanese human rights advocacy work. He is an engineer by trade. Currently Jimmy is the president and Co-founder of Voices for Sudan (VFS), formerly known as the Southern Sudanese Voice for Freedom (SSVF). Mr. Mulla is a long time Sudan activist and has led a wide range of advocacy and awareness-raising efforts for the North-South conflict including Nuba Mountains & Blue Nile, Darfur genocide, Eastern Sudan and other Sudan issues. He was the founding member and president of Southern Sudanese Voice for Freedom (SSVF). SSVF played an instrumental role in the passage of the U.S. Sudan Peace Act and the appointment of a U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan, which re-energized the civil war peace talks; helped raise awareness of the genocide in Darfur; and helped facilitate an aggressive and successful divestment campaign that raises awareness of companies that do business with Sudan. Mulla has been on CNN, Voice of America TV and Radio, Al-Jazeera, Al-Hura and other major news networks.

Katie Campo Program Officer on the Africa team at the National Endowment for Democracy. Katie manages NED’s grant-making programs in both Sudan and South Sudan. Prior to joining NED, Katie was a Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, where she specialized in Darfur. Katie holds a BA in International Relations from Brown University and an MA in Journalism from Columbia University. She speaks French, Arabic, and Chinese.

Hanadi Elhadi
Hanadi Elhadi, VFS Board Member
Hanadi Elhadi is a trained Chemist with a degree in pharmacology from Cairo University in Egypt, and an Associate degree from Howard Community College in Maryland. She served as a Quality Control chemist, and a student advisor. She is bilingual in English and Arabic, a skill that used in her work as interpreter and an activist on the issues of women empowerment, child protection and political lobbying for democracy and human rights in her country of origin, Sudan.  She helped found the Broad National Front, a coalition of Sudanese parties and organizations working on change in Sudan.

Emanuella Bringi.
Emanuella Bringi is Voices for Sudan’s Executive Assistant & Diaspora Training Program Coordinator. Ms. Bringi is also currently a National Youth Advisory Board member for a project titled Voices against Violence: Youth Stories Create Change; & a Leader for an initiative titled: Generation of Leaders: South Sudan.As a young leader in her community, Emanuella’s vision is to empower the Sudanese people from a youth perspective. As generations come and go, the need for support from all angles does not change; the visionaries of today and the experts of yesterday must collide and create a powerful force to bring peace to our regions.Emanuella holds a diploma in Social Service Work – Immigrant and Refugees from Seneca College, and a degree in Multicultural and Indigenous Studies from York University. During her studies at York University she held both the Student Life & Advocacy as well as the President position for the York United Black Students’ Alliance; YUBSA is a student run Pan-African organization established to help foster unity and togetherness in the Black community at York University and surrounding areas.

Special Guest Speaker

Clement Voulé – Programme Manager (States in Transition) and Head of African Advocacy
Clement leads our work to support defenders in States in transition and at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Before joining ISHR in 2006, Clement was Secretary-General of Amnesty International Togo and head of the Togolese Coalition of HRDs. Clement is Vice-Chair of the West African HRDs Network and a member of the African Commission Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment & Human Rights Violation. “Mr. Voule “a long time activist and lawyer, completed his postgraduate studies at the University of Nantes in France. Before joining ISHR in May 2006, he was Secretary General of Amnesty International in Togo (2000-2002) and has occupied several other positions within the organization, such as head of the training program, head of the lobbying team and coordinator of the jurists network and of the campaign for the International Criminal Court in Togo. He was a founding member and Secretary General of the Togolese Coalition of Human Rights Defenders from 2002 and program coordinator of the West African Human Rights Defenders network from April 2005.” [1]

New Tactics in Human Rights: October 2015 New Tactics Newsletter

Join New Tactics in Human Rights for an online conversation on Influencing Policy to Create Inclusive Societies for Persons with Disabilities from October 26 to 30, 2015.

People living with disabilities are the world’s largest minority group. Fifteen percent of the world population or one billion people are unable to fully engage in family, community and politics due to their disability. According to the World Bank, twenty per cent of the world’s poorest people live with a disability. Disability is more prevalent in the most vulnerable societies and further perpetuates disadvantage and poverty. According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), eighty percent of persons with disabilities live in developing countries, where they are often denied equal access to health care, education and employment opportunities. Consideration of social determinants is central to creating inclusive and comprehensive policies. Article 19 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) recognizes the equal right of all persons with disabilities to make choices equal to all members of society and requires governments to take effective steps to facilitate the full enjoyment of this basic right by persons with disabilities.

In this conversation, we seek to share tactics and success stories of ways organizations and individuals influence governments to develop and implement socially inclusive policies for people living with disabilities. We aim to investigate local, regional, and national policy issues, including: defining disability under the law, developing partnerships to advocate policy change or legislation, applying international platforms to local and national contexts, drawing public support for disability legislation through grassroots campaigns, including individuals with disabilities advocacy efforts and more.

Tensions Continue to Rise Between Palestine and Israel

By Brittani Howell

Impunity Watch Reporter, The Middle East

JERUSALEM, Israel – The Israeli military air-strikes targeted a Hamas weapons facility on Sunday. A pregnant woman and her toddler, residing in a home nearby were killed.

Relatives of the Palestinian woman and child, who were killed when a house collapsed on them, grieve outside of a hospital morgue. (Photo Courtesy of Reuters)

Since the summer of 2014, the woman and her child are the first Palestinian civilian casualties of an Israeli airstrike.

Israel’s airstrike was in response to a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip territory. On Friday, a rocket from Gaza was also fired, which landed in a field resulting in no causalities.

Israeli military spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lener, stated, “The IDF holds Hamas responsible for any act of aggression from the Gaza Strip.” Hamas has not claimed responsibility for the two rockets.

Also on Sunday, a women allegedly detonated an explosive in her car, on a West Bank road, headed towards Jerusalem. According to a police officer the women shouted, “Allahu Akbar”, God is great, just prior to the explosion.

The officer was slightly hurts, as a result of the explosion. The woman sustained burns to 40% of her body. According to Shin Bet, Israel’s security agency, the woman was not linked to any militant group.

Shin Bet, also reported that the explosion was caused by a single gas canister that was ignited with flammable materials. The agency stated, “We are not taking about an explosive device.”

According to Palestine’s security, the explosion was caused by “a malfunction in her car, and there was no bombing.” Palestine’s news agency reported that an anonymous witness stated that there was an electric issue which caused a small fire inside the car.

Three Israeli’s were stabbed near Hadera, on Sunday. A thirteen-year-old boy was killed by Israeli forces in a clash in West Bank. Tensions have risen over the past week resulting in the deaths of 23 Palestinians and 4 Israelis in the past 12 days.

Part of the increase in tension is in part due to Palestine’s dear that Israel is trying to change the status quo of arrangements made concerning the al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, also known as the Temple Mount by Jews.

Jewish groups have increased their trips to the compound over the past year and many Muslims see this as a loss of control over the area. Another point of contention is a failure between Palestine and Israel to reach peace talks, as Israeli’s are continuing to build settlements in West Bank.

For more information, please see:

BBC News – Palestinians Killed in Israel Gaza Airstrikes – 11 October 2015

Reuters – Israeli Airstrike Kills Two in Gaza; Israeli Police Say Stop Suspected Car Bomb – 11 October 2015

The New York Times – Israeli Retaliatory Strike in Gaza Kills Woman and Child, Palestinian Officials Say – 11 October 2015

The Wall Street Journal – Israeli Airstrikes into Gaza Strip Kill Palestinian Woman and Daughter  – 11 October 2015

Slovenia Pressured to Accept More Refugees as Hungary Closes Borders

by Shelby Vcelka

Impunity Watch Desk Reporter, Europe

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia–

Slovenian officials warned that the country’s ability to cope with the influx of migrants was nearing a breaking point after Croatia announced it was closing its border with Hungary. After a request from Croatia to take in 5,000 migrants per day, Slovenia has announced they can only allow 2,500 migrants to cross its borders daily. The Interior Minister, Bostjan Sefic, commented, “we can simply not have a situation where we would be receiving enormous numbers of refugees, knowing that they wouldn’t be able to leave.”

Migrants begin crossing over the border after numbers pile up, and breathing room collapses. (Photo courtesy of BBC.)

Officials said the country was accommodating the increased flow of migrants, but was unable to deal with migrants who were stranded and would not be able to pass through to other countries. Nearly 200,000 migrants have entered the country since mid-September, with 2,100 migrants arriving on Sunday alone. Slovenia is currently attempting to register as many refugees as possible, before moving them along to wealthier nations such as Germany and Austria.

Hungary was the first to close its borders with Slovenia, suspending the Schengen Rules of the European Union, which allows for passport-free travel between member nations. The Hungarian government stated that because of the arrival of refugees on the Slovenian side of the border, they had to cut off access to an already unstable country. Slovenia, in response to restricted travel for migrants, fortified border security with the military along their Croatian border.

The weather is of particular concern to the Slovenian government, as colder temperatures will be arriving soon. Currently, the autumn winds and rain are hammering temporary shelters, and endangering the safety of migrants. With winter chill arriving, Slovenia will be hard pressed to provide for the migrants in addition to their own welfare state.

For more information, please see–

NBC–Thousands of Migrants Surge Into Slovenia in New Route— 17 October 2015

BBC–Migrant crisis: Slovenia sets limit of 2,500 people a day— 18 October 2015

Reuters–Croatia diverts migrants to Slovenia after Hungary closes border— 18 October 2015

Wall Street Journal–Slovenia Pressured by Influx of Migrants— 18 October 2015