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Article 19 Middle East & North Africa and MENA Rights Group request intervention of UN Special Rapporteur to ensure draft bill governing state of emergency in Tunisia is in line with international standards.

To the UN Security Council 11 June 2019

RE: Appealing for Urgent Intervention to Prevent further Bloodshed in Sudan

The undersigned, 30 civil society organisations from around the world, are writing to you at a critical time, the fate of the Sudanese people hangs in the balance and bold leadership is needed to prevent further violence and support those seeking democratic change in Sudan.

Thousands of individuals were killed after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant attacked Speicher military training camp close to Tikrit in Iraq in June 2014. In addition, many of the victims who were abducted by government forces and accused of desertion, remain disappeared to date.

The attack on peaceful democracy protesters in Khartoum that began on June 3 that has reportedly seen the killing of at least 100 people and hundreds more injured demands a strong international response to immediately stop such attacks and ensure accountability for this and other violence in response to peaceful protests.

On June 1, 2018, Yemeni journalist Marwan Al-Muraisy disappeared following his arrest in Saudi Arabia. One year on, his family is still waiting for answers.