- For defenders
- How can I help?
Sudan: Update - Sudan Social Development Organisation (SUDO) allowed to continue its work
Front line welcomes the decision by the Khartoum Court of Appeal ordering against the dissolution of the Sudan Social Development Organization (SUDO). On 21 April 2010 Judge Khalid Abdul-Qader Saleh ruled that the General Commissioner of the Humanitarian Assistance Commission had no legal authority to dissolve societies, and hence the order to dissolve SUDO was overturned.
SUDO is the biggest national Sudanese organisation undertaking humanitarian and development assistance to the most needy and most vulnerable Sudanese peoples, operating through ten field offices in North, South and West Darfur, South Kordofan, Nuba mountains, North Kordof, Blue Nile and Khartoum.
Its operations used to provide urgent and life saving assistance to over 700,000 internally displaced peoples (IDPs) and poor farmers in different parts of the country, in particular Darfur.
On 5 March 2009, SUDO received a letter signed by the General Commissioner of the Humanitarian Assistance Commission (HAC), that the HAC had decided to dissolve the organisation with immediate effect and handover its ten offices as well as all its properties and resources to a HAC committee.
To read a previous statement by SUDO on the case, see: SUDO statement on closure of the organisation