In class we are learning about the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In my global issue novel “God Grew Tired of Us” the story mainly is displayed in South Sudan. During the time frame Sudan did have a constitution that included many freedom and rights and it was created in 1973. This is one of first constitutions Sudan has had and some parts of the document are similar to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms because there is many of the same rights/freedoms. In Sudan’s constitution it states that all Sudanese have equal rights and duties disregarding race, gender, origin, language and religion, just like in the equality section in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. They also have the freedom of movement and residence for all citizens as well as that they cannot be deported or not allowed to enter Sudanese land. This is very similar to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms mobility rights section. Also every citizen has the right to participate in elections, organize and form trade unions, the freedom of religion, prayer and performance of religious practices, to hold peaceful meetings, receive education/healthcare and medical treatment for free, to express their own opinions and not be forced into labor unless for a military or civic necessity.
During the time frame of the book, the second Sudanese civil war was occurring. Many rights and freedoms were violated during the war as Sudanese people had the right to leave their country, but rebels and many northern Sudanese would not allow it and kill or arrest them in their path. Many refugees died along the way in making it out of South Sudan. As well as the freedom of religion was violated because the war started partially because of differences in religion. In 2005 after the second Sudanese civil war, the constitution was modified and many new rights and freedoms were added to it (a lot more legal rights), such as an accused person is presumed guilty until she is proved guilty, no person shall be arrested or detained or searched without a warrant signed by a magistrate and no one will be detained without a trail and the right to clean water and a clean environment. These are just a few new rights that have been added to the constitution making it more like the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I think if Sudan had the Charter of Rights and Freedoms during the timeframe of the book the civil war still would have occurred, but there would be many more rights for women and in general there would me a lot more legal rights and collective rights.
Link to South Sudan’s Constitution (2005):
Link to Sudan’s Constitution (1973):