The First Nail in the Transitional Government Coffin!

Osman Mirghani

In 2016, I visited Turkey where we met with think-tanks, media men and politicians.

I still remember the details of that meeting as the Turkish ex-minister of economy, who Turkey, during his term, witnessed its great boom to become one of the greatest ten economies in the globe after it was ranked as 110.

I asked the minister that if we assumed that we, in Sudan, want to benefit from Turkey’s economic experience to make a Sudanese economic renaissance, where should we start from?

His quick response was “Start from human rights and the rule-of-law state”.

To support his argument, the Turkish minister started giving economic facts and figures to prove the close link between respecting the human rights and the rule-of-law state on one hand with the economic renaissance.

It is not just a mere dreamy idea, but an idea with facts and figures that link the renaissance with the human rights and the rule of law state.

Now in Sudan, and after December’s revolution, we are in an urgent need to understand the relationship between human rights and the renaissance.

We cannot dream to become a civilized state without respecting the principles of a rule-of-law state, and raising the human rights standards afar from the politics and the new sectarian.

I do not know how we can build the modern Sudanese state while our prisons are full of detainees for several months without being brought to justice or even criminal investigation, while the rule-of-law state bans the detention of any person behind the bars of the prison, even for one hour, except according to recognized standard justice measures.

But even after December’s revolution, the understanding is still that the justice is for those who deserve, and that it is not among the available rights for everybody, even the non-Sudanese nationals.

The understanding goes an extra mile by setting the justice standards according to the political mood.

That being the case, the question will not be on the absence of the rule-of- law state’s standards, but on the future of the economic renaissance and investment within such distortions in the scales of justice and law.

The biggest calamity is that nobody is worried about the absence of the rule-of-law state. Nobody asks how many detainees are behind the prison bars without being brought to justice or even investigations.

How do the conditions of the prisons look like? Are the conditions that respect human rights available in those prisons?

The standards of justice and the rule-of-law state do not allow distinguishing a detainee from another, or a person from another, as all are equal before the law. The continuation of the absence of the rule-of-law state is the first nail in the coffin of the transitional government.

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