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Sudanese civil society calls for a constitution that recognizes the country’s diversity and promotes equality

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Sudanese civil society calls for a constitution that recognizes the country’s diversity and promotes equality

(18 June 2013) On 6 June scores of prominent Sudanese journalists, lawyers, human rights defenders, and political activists adopted a Declaration of Guiding Principles for Constitution Making in Sudan.

Building on constitutional initiatives undertaken by civil society actors inside Sudan, delegates discussed and adopted guiding principles for the Sudanese constitution making process and future content of the constitution of Sudan.

The seminal meeting took place in Nairobi, Kenya against a backdrop of systematic crack-downs on civil society, political activists, the media and independent voices in Sudan. Deeply concerned that the prevailing social and political climate in Sudan is not conducive to the meaningful participation of the Sudanese people in determining their future constitution, delegates set out essential pre-requisites for the commencement of the constitution making process, including an end to all armed conflicts in the country.

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Declaration on International Solidarity and People’s Co-operation

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Preamble

Taking note of the momentous developments that have unfolded around the world over the past months and years, and that continue to inspire popular uprisings against dictatorship and authoritarian rule across Africa and beyond;

 Thereby reminding ourselves, and the world, of the power of the people in democratic struggles to bring about change and an improvement in their lives;

 Noting also that recent democratic uprisings have had a profound impact that continues to inspire people around the world from all walks of life, rekindling hope after decades of setbacks, defeats and erosions of our fundamental rights;

 Recognising that growing numbers of oppressed, marginalised and vulnerable people around the world, and those who stand in solidarity with them, increasingly recognise their own cause as part of a common, global struggle for a just and liveable future;

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