Source: UN OHCHR
The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights today concluded its consideration of the second periodic report of Sudan on the implementation of the provisions of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
Kamal Ismael Saeed, State Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that Sudan was the second largest country in Africa and was coming out of a 50-year conflict. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement had recently separated South Sudan from Sudan, but there were still some problems in Darfur and other areas of the country. The country had a population of 34 million and a tremendous amount of natural resources. The Government had managed to achieve a six-percent growth rate since 1998, thanks to oil revenues. However, 70 percent of the oil production as well as 70 percent of budget revenues had been lost due to the independence of South Sudan. Rebel groups were still waging war against the Government. Sudan was involved in a sizeable legal reform, with the adoption of new laws and codes, in order to help solve the problems in the region of Darfur and elsewhere. When the Comprehensive Peace Agreement had been negotiated, the international community had promised that it would relieve Sudan from its debt. However, the international community had failed in that regard. The effects of the embargo on the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights by the citizens of Sudan were devastating.
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