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The Darfur Consortium has changed its name to the Sudan Consortium in line with a recognition to address all of Sudan's conflicts in a holistic manner.

Human Rights Update: May 2016

Children again the unacceptable victims of the conflict

Attacks against civiliand in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile (also known as the "Two Areas") continued in May, albeit at a reduced rate compared to incidents reported during the previous two months. Our monitors recorded a total of 29 incidents in the Two Areas with the majority of them (20 out of the 29) taking place in Southern Kordofan's Heiban County resulting in the deaths of six children from a single incident.

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KACE: Press Statement Detainees from TRACKS Charged with Capital Crimes

After 86 days in detention, Khalaf-Allah Al-Afif Muktar, Mustafa Adam and Midhat Afifaddin Hamadan face capital charges filed against them by the State Security Prosecution Office. Yesterday, Monday,15 August 2016, they were transferred to Al-Huda Prison in Omdurman North.

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Human Rights Update: April 2016

Incidents slightly decrease but casualities increase. The impact of the conflict on children was particularly marked

(2 August 2016) The Government of Sudan (GoS) continued its “summer offensive” in April 2016 characterised by two major trends. Firstly, it continued with the ground offensive it began in March 2016, pressing hard against the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N) particularly in the counties of Heiban, Delami and Umdorien. Secondly, it tried to consolidate its positions in the villages it had captured from SPLA-N, namely Alazrag village (in Heiban County) and Mardis village (in Delami County).

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HUDO: SUDAN AUTHORITIES GAVE A NOTICE TO DEMOLISH CHURCH

On 1st August 2016, the land authorities in Khartoum State of Sudan issued a warning to demolish the Christ Church in Alhaj-Yousife neighborhood of Khartoum North within one week under reasons of illegal building/structure.

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Huqooq Human Rights Monitoring 27th June - 31st July 2016 Report-Sudan

Sudan considers revision of its criminal law, Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) to reduce aid in IDP camps.

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HUDO Report on Human RIghts Violations in South Kordofan and Blue Nile January - June 2016

(21 July 2016) This report documents and highlights some incidents that took place in South Kordofan, Blue Nile states of Sudan adn the situation of internally displaced persons from the two states in Khartoum from January - June 2016.

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SUDO (UK) Report on Human Rights Abuses - June 2016

During the month of June 2016, SUDO (UK)’s network of human rights monitors have reported and verified 53 incidents relating to the abuse of human rights across Sudan involving seven Sudanese states. Enclosed within the 53 reports, SUDO (UK) has assessed that various forces under the direct authority of the Government of Sudan were responsible for 26 instances of human rights abuses. A further 20 abuses were carried out by groups categorised by monitors as Janjaweed, whilst five such abuses were recorded against “pro-government militias”. Four human rights abuses were perpetrated by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N), and two abuses were registered against unknown actors.

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Human Rights Monitoring 16th -29th June 2016 8th Report-Sudan

New developments:

On the 27th of June 2016, Higher Education Minister, Sumayia Abu Kosha proposed to ban political activities in the Sudanese universities. In a speech before the Sudanese parliament in Khartoum, Abu Kosha accused the armed groups of smuggling white weapons to the universities campuses to destabilize the security situation. The minister further demanded "the enactment of laws that criminalize carrying weapons in universities and prohibiting political activity that claims lives.

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Human Rights Update: March 2016
New offensive produces near record number of incidents

Since the current crisis broke out in 2011, human rights abuses in Southern Kordofan (SK) and Blue Nile (BN) states have continued. In March 2016, incidents of attacks of civilians increased dramatically. More than twice as many attacks were monitored as a new government of Sudan offensive took new territory and the number of attacks on civilians increased to the second highest since we started monitoring. During the month, the Sudanese government captured Alazrag village (in Alazrag Payam) and Mardis village (in Delami County) from the SPLA-N. They also captured Agab village (in Heiban County) and Karkarai village (in Umdorien County), but these were retaken by the SPLA-N. The level of tension and insecurity continues to increase and people are being forced to flee their homes and take shelter in caves and other places. This report documents those human right abuses committed against the civilian population of SK during the month of March 2016.

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IRRI urges "Now is not the time to walk away: UNSC needs to renew and strengthen UNAMID"

(23 June 2016) With the UNAMID mandate renewal under discussion at the UN Security Council, a new report released today by the International Refugee Rights Initiative provides an analysis of the joint United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) as seen by some of the civilians the force is mandated to protect.

The report, “'No one on the earth cares if we survive except God and sometimes UNAMID': The challenges of peacekeeping in Darfur, is the second of a three-part study on civilian perspectives on peacekeeping forces in Africa. The findings make it clear that when the UN security Council considers the upcoming renewal of the peacekeeping mandate of UNAMID in late June, not only is this not the time for the international community to walk away, it is, in fact, time for UNAMID to step up.

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Civil Society Statement on Push Factors in Sudan and the Khartoum Process

(20 June 2016) On World Refugee Day, we, the undersigned individuals and civil society organisations, wish to draw attention to a number of the human rights violations serving as push factors for Sudan’s refugees and internally displaced. In light of the recent EU-Horn of Africa Migration Route Initiative (also known as the Khartoum Process) which has increased the EU’s cooperation with Sudan, we are deeply concerned that Sudan is being treated as a partner in addressing migration despite the fact the country is producing refugees itself and failing to respect international refugee law. It is critical that the EU does not, directly or indirectly, contribute to the violations or create more refugees.

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Sudan: Joint Civil Society Statement regarding Sexual Violence in Conflict

(19 June 2016) On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict the undersigned 24 individuals and civil society organisations call on the Sudanese government to end the widespread sexual violence committed by its security forces and to reverse the atmosphere of impunity that fosters it.

In Darfur, as the report of the UN Secretary General noted in April 2016, Sudanese government forces have continued to use sexual violence during attacks on villages and displaced persons over the last 12 years. This was reflected in President Bashir’s indictment by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2009, which includes charges of rape committed by Sudanese forces as a crime against humanity.

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Open Letter to Member States of the International Conference on the Greats Lakes Region regarding the situation in Sudan

(14 June 2016) We, the undersigned civil society organisations, call on the 6th Ordinary Summit of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Heads of State and Government to take urgent action to address the ongoing security and humanitarian crisis in Sudan, including by establishing a joint commission of inquiry to investigate the situation.

The theme of the current summit ongoing in Luanda, Angola, is “Accelerating the effective implementation of the Pact and its Protocols for a more democratic and stable Great Lakes Region.” Nowhere is there a more urgent need for robust action to ensure that the Pact and its Protocols are implemented and that the ICGLR’s promise of peace and development are realised, than in Sudan’s conflict affected regions of Darfur, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile.

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Letter on the 5th Year Anniversary of Conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, Sudan

(4 June 2016) We, as representatives of the population in the Nuba Mountains and wider international and African civil society organisations, as shown in the logos above and signatures below, urge your government to use its considerable influence within the international community, and in particular the United Nations (UN), to uphold international humanitarian and human rights laws and conventions in the besieged Sudanese regions of South Kordofan and Blue Nile. Since 2011 civilians there have endured regular aerial bombardment by the Sudanese armed forces – only the latest and most shocking examples of which include the well-publicised murder of six children in early May, and the very recent targeting of a primary school, both in Heiban County, South Kordofan.

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Gender Under Bombardment

(Kampala, 2 June 2016) The Sudan Consortium proudly announces the launch of its latest publication “Gender Under Bombardment- Gender Disparities in SPLM/A-North Controlled Areas of Nuba Mountains, Southern Kordofan”.

The research is a result of fieldwork undertaken in May 2015 in Southern Kordofan, aiming at shedding light onto existing gender disparities and the impact the ongoing conflict has on them. Cultural patterns and continuous conflict have exacerbated gender disparities, which warrant serious consideration by humanitarian actors and stakeholders, regional power brokers, and civil society groups working in and/or outside of Nuba Mountains.

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Sudanese Rights Group (Huqooq) - Human Rights Monitoring 6th Weekly Report-Sudan

On the 29th of May 2016, the Interior Minister lieutenant General Esmat Abd Al-Rahman revealed in a press statement after a meeting with the security and defense committee in the parliament that they are going to apply theft amputation sentence against whoever involved in car theft and smuggling in Darfur. He added that the ministry of Interior has made arrangements in connection with the collection of heavy weapons and vehicles with four-wheel drive from the citizens, and the decision will be implemented in the near future. The minister further pointed out that the ministry of interior has sought to find solutions in regard to the small arms carried by the nomads, who need the arms during their long routs, either appointing a force to insure their safety during their movements or license their weapons or give them official status that allow them to carry their arms.(Source: Aljareeda newspaper, issue: 1773, date: 30 May 2016)

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Uganda must respect legal obligation to arrest Omar Al Bashir

(12 May 2016, Paris, Kampala) Omar Al Bashir has arrived in Kampala to attend today’s inauguration ceremony for Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. Our organisations urge the Government of Uganda to take all necessary measures to arrest Omar Al Bashir, Sudanese President and wanted International Criminal Court (ICC) fugitive, while he is present in the country. Bashir, who has eluded arrest since 2009, faces charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

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Sudanese Rights Group (Huqooq) - Human Rights Monitoring 5th Weekly Report-Sudan

(3-13 May 2016) New Developments:

  • On the 9th of May 2016, the vice chancellor office of the University of Khartoum, issued an administrative decision to suspend classes at the Faculty of Education indefinitely. Although the letter was dated 8th of May; the decision was based on the recommendation of the Heads of Departments’ Council dated 9th of May 2016.

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The Massacre of the Children of Heiban: Make it the Last Crime of the Sudanese Government’s Aerial Bombardments

(13 May 2016) We the undersigned - individuals, public figures, civil and political organizations - are horrified by the sight of the torn bodies of the children of Heiban Locality in South Kordofan/Nuba Mountains. These children were killed on 1st May 2016 by an aerial bombardment conducted by the Government of Sudan.

Photos have been widely disseminated of the 6 massacred children (including three children from one family). They are: (Kuku Dawli - 4 years , Yousif Yakgoub - 4 years, Jehan Abdelrahman Ibrahim - 5 years, Hafiz Mahmoud – 10 years, Ibrahim Abdelrahman Ibrahim – 10 years, Nidal Abdelrahman Ibrahim - 12 years).

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Human Rights Update: January - February 2016

In January 2016, attacks against civilians in Southern Kordofan (SK) continued. Although there were less attacks than the same period last year, the monitors verified 13 incidents altogether, including three shellings (all in Dilling County), four extra-judicial killings, one abduction, one injury due to a gunshot and one random shooting, three lootings and two incidents of ground fighting. Five people were killed and three injured in these attacks. At least 122 rockets fell in SK in January 2016, but no bombardments were reported in SPLM-N controlled areas.

In February 2016, the Government of Sudan (GoS) specifically targeted Delami County in SK. Twenty eight incidents were reported by the monitors during the month, of which 85% took place in Delami County. The remaining attacks were in Umdorein. At least 74 bombs were dropped and 78 rockets landed resulting in the death of one person and injury to seven others, including three children.

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Sudanese Rights Group - Alert Report

(5 May 2016) On 5th May, at around 3:00 pm, an armed group of 18 agents of National Intelligence and security Service NISS invaded the office of the prominent human rights lawyer Nabil Adib Abd Allah, in Street 5 Alamart area in Khartoum, the forces have searched the office and arrested 11 students of Khartoum University who were dismissed from the university on 3rd May following the unrest and protests that erupted in Khartoum University since 11th April, the students were at Nabil Adib office to discuss the case of their dismissal and to represent them before the competent authorities, the NISS agents confiscated number of legal files and documents from Nabil office and beaten the students before taking them to unknown place. Among those arrested during the raid two lawyers Mohamed Draj Mohamed Khalil and two female’s staff working with Nabil Law Firm, who were released.

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Sudanese Rights Group (Huqooq) Human Rights Monitoring Weekly Report - Sudan 26th April-3rd May 2016

On 3rd May 2016, Khartoum University administration suspended the study for all the faculties in the main campus indefinitely after demonstrations, as tension looms once again after the killing of two students in Kordofan and Omdorman Ahlia Universities last month, It is worth noting that Khartoum University has been witnessing demonstrations since 11th April after circulation reports of selling and moving university building to Soba area south Khartoum.(Source: Khartoum University Student).

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Open Letter concerning excessive use of force by Sudanese authorities

(3 May 2016) We, the undersigned thirty nine organizations and individuals, are writing to inform you of the use of excessive force by Sudanese authorities to disperse peaceful demonstrators across Sudan. At least nine people, including one child, have been killed in three separate incidents in 2016 alone. Most recently, two students were killed in separate incidents in April, in which government security forces and armed students used live ammunition to break up protests at two university campuses.

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Letter: UN Independent Expert on the situation of Human Rights in Sudan

(26 April 2016) We, Sudanese and international human rights organisations concerned with issues of human rights in Sudan, would like to take the opportunity of your recent visit to Sudan to raise a series of issues regarding the current human rights situation in the country. Armed conflict continues to devastate many parts of the country and the government has placed severe restrictions on fundamental rights and freedoms. We respectfully request that you consider this information in compiling your report and in formulating recommendations to the Sudanese government, with a view to ensuring the promotion and protection of human rights in the country.

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Human Rights Violations in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile: 2015 in Review

(20 April 2016) Since the beginning of the current conflict in Southern Kordofan (SK) and Blue Nile (BN) civilians have been injured, killed, detained, abducted and displaced on a massive scale. The number of attacks rose sharply between 2013 and 2014 and continued apace in 2015. There has been a 78% increase in bombing incidents in 2015 compared to 2012.

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UN Member States should make strong recommendations to Sudan at upcoming human rights review

(19 April 2016) UN Member states shoudl make strong and specific recommendations during an upcoming UN review of Sudan's human rights record, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS), International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the International Refugee RIghts Initiative (IRRI) today.

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Twenty-two South Sudanese former JEM – Dabajo rebels sentenced to death by Khartoum Terrorism Court after unfair trial

(15 April 2016) On 6 April 2016 the Special Terrorism Court in Khartoum (Court 1), headed by Judge Abdien Hamad Ali, sentenced twenty-two South Sudanese nationals who were formerly members of the Darfuri rebel Justice and Equality Movement – Bakhiet Abdulkariem Dabajo wing (JEM – Dabajo) to death after convicting them of a number of offences, including crimes against the state that carry the death penalty. The group was convicted after they admitted to engaging in armed combat with the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) on various dates between 2004 and 2013. Three other South Sudanese nationals were sentenced to life imprisonment after they admitted to serving as cooks and mechanics for the JEM – Dabajo wing.

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HUDO 2015 Annual Report on violations in government controlled areas of SK and BN

Human Rights and Development Organization (HUDO Centre) is a Sudanese non-governmental organization based in Kampala and Juba, South Sudan. Their report highlights incidents of human rights violations and abuses that took place in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile (the two areas) during the year of 2015. The report documents more than fifty cases of arbitrary arrest and the looting of more than twenty villages looted and burned leading to mass displacement. A number of rape cases have also been documented along with child rights violations. The main purpose of this report is to bring to light the human rights violations and abuses taking place in the two areas to stakeholders like the UN and (international community) to push the government of Sudan to respect international human rights and humanitarian laws.

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Humanitarian Update - February 2016

While the government dry season offensive has not begun in the Two Areas, despite a significant repositioning of troops and isolated fighting, incidents of aerial bombardment and shelling intensified. The major areas affected are Dallami county in South Kordofan and Kurmuk county in Blue Nile. As a result, 3 people died and 7 were injured. The intensity of violence however is significantly less than that last year in the same period.

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Sudan blocks civil society participation in UN-led human rights review

(31 March 2016) The efforts of the Government of Sudan to obstruct the engagement of civil society activists in a United Nations (UN)-led human rights review of the country is unacceptable and shows blatant contempt not just for human rights defenders in Sudan, but to human rights standards and the UN Human Rights Council, 36 Sudanese and international groups and seven prominent Sudanese individuals said today.

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Sudanese National Intelligence Security Services (NISS) prevent lawyer Salih Mahmoud Osman from Traveling

Statement from the Darfur Bar Associaion

(29 March 2016) Salih Mahmoud Osman, a prominent Sudanese human rights lawyer , and the winner of Sahkarov and American Bar Association prizes was prevented from travelling. Mr. Osman was on his way to Geneva, Switzerland yesterday 28 March 2016 to attend a session preparing for Sudan’s universal periodic report (UPR) as a Sudanese NGO representative. After processing and check in, security agents in plain clothes informed Mr. Osman that he was forbidden to travel outside Sudan and confiscated his passport. He was told to come next day to receive his passport back from the security information department. Today, 29 March 2016, Mr. Osman went there to receive his passport, but the security officers asked him to write a request to the chairperson of this department. He wrote his request and told that they will going to call him later via his mobile phone. At the time of writing, he had not yet receive his passport. We contacted Mr. Osman and he told us that the government of Sudan regularly violates the rights of lawyers working in the field of human rights. This was not the first time that he had been banned from travelling, he continued, as he was prevented several times as other lawyers have been as well. The government has yet to comment on this incident, despite many efforts to reach the authorities. The NISS head is a red line, no one dares to contact him. NISS enjoys absolute immunities under the law. The NISS regularly prevents human rights activists from travelling. Last week, more than six individuals were banned at Khartoum International Airport and had their passports confiscated. We urge the government to respect her commitment to freedom of movement and expression. We also urge all international and regional NGOs to condemn the Khartoum government for violating the freedom of expression, movement and association of human rights defenders.

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SUDAN: TRACKs Office Once Against Raided and Staff Targeted by National Intelligence

(23 March 2016) Sudanese authorities should stop harassing civil society activists and allow them to work without arbitrary interference and intimidation, DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) and the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) said today.

On 29 February 2016, National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) once again raided the office of TRACKs for Training and Human Development, a Sudanese organisation that provides training on a variety of topics from information technology to human rights. This is the second time the organisation has been raided since March 2015, when it was targeted during a workshop it organised on social responsibility. The raid came just five days after it was announced that the NISS prosecution intended to drop the case brought against prominent Sudanese human rights leader Adil Bakheit and the Director of TRACKs Khalafalla Alafif Mukhtar following the March 2015 raid.

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Sudan Human Rights Update – January 2016

During the month of January 2016, SUDO (UK)’s network of human rights monitors have reported and verified 67 incidents of human rights abuses across Sudan involving 11 Sudanese states.

Out of the 67 incident reports submitted, SUDO (UK) has assessed that various forces under the authority of the Government of Sudan, as individual entities, were involved collectively in 61 instances of human rights abuses, whilst various militias known collectively as Janjaweed were responsible for 23 human rights abuses. Other perpetrators include unknown actors who were involved in two abuses, and a Gemer ethnic militia involved in one such incident. It is important to stress that multiple actors colluded in various incidents meaning that often two perpetrators would be identified in any one incident report. Most notably such collusion existed between various Government actors and indeed amongst Government actors and militias.

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“Sudan Dams” case declared admissible by the African Commission: mass forced evictions, displacement, and forcible suppression of anti-dam demonstrations before the regional body

(16 March 2016) The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) has decided to examine a case against the Republic of Sudan involving forced eviction, inadequate compensation and suppression of protesters during the building of two dams in Northern Sudan. The complainants now have two months to send their briefs on the merits of the case.

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Humanitarian Update - January 2016

The resumption of ground hostilities followed by a new wave of aerial bombardment, shelling and attacks against civilians, led to a quick deterioration of the security situation in the Two Areas in January 2016. At least 11 poeple, including a child, were reportedly killed by government militias in South Kordofan.

In Blue Nile, humanitarian monitors reported 18 incidents of bombing. As a result, 3,060 people were displaced in Kurmuk county, 4 people were injured, including 1 child, and 27 farms destroyed. In South Kordofan, government troops build up in Heiban, Talodi and El Abassiya led to a general deterioration of security levels for the population with an increasing number of attacks against civilians by government militias.

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Urgent Action: Two Pastors’ Whereabouts Unknown After Arrest

(22 February 2016) Two pastors Hassan Abduelraheem Kodi andTelal Ngosi were arrested by National Intelligence and security services (NISS) on 18th December 2015. Their whereabouts is still unknown. Their families and church authority were prevented from visiting them. Both are at risk of torture.

Pastor Hassan Abdelraheem Kodi, 49, the secretary general of Sudanese church of Christ and Pastor Telal Ngosi, 44, were arrested on 18th Dec 2015 by NISS officers. They were interrogated for attending Christian conference in Addis Ababa.

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West Darfur: One student dead after heavy beatings and serious concern for safety of another student detained incommunicado at security offices

(8 February 2016) The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) is deeply concerned about new reports of arbitrary detention, custodial violence and excessive use of force by the Sudanese authorities in El Geneina, West Darfur state, in late January following a political forum held at El Geneina University. The violence follows armed attacks on Mouli village just south of El Geneina on 9 and 10 January by suspected members of the Government’s Rapid Support Forces.

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Major Government Offensive in Jebel Marra

In SUDO (UK)’s November update monitors warned on the 4th November that the Government of Sudan was preparing for what appeared to be a major offensive in the East Jebel Marra region. This build up of ground troops and military hardware – including technical vehicles, heavy artillery and tanks – was complimented by an increase in militia activity throughout the month of December around the East Jebel Marra region – as will be reported in a soon to be released SUDO (UK) report on human rights abuses throughout Sudan in December 2015.

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Walking the talk or fleeing the scene: The pressing need for an effective role of UNAMID in Darfur

(27 January 2016) Since November 2014, there is increased demand from the Sudanese government for the UN/AU Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) to leave Sudanese soil. This demand came to light following the involvement of UNAMID in exposing the mass rape crime in Tabit. While the Sudanese government justifys its demand with claims of peace and stability in Darfur, the reality on the ground shows a steady increase in violence. For UNAMID to leave would exacerbate the severe protection and humanitarian crises in the region. Instead, discussions must focus on increasing the effectiveness of UNAMID.

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Administrative Referendum: A Wakeup Call for the Ethno-Political Conflict in Darfur

(26 January 2016) The protracted conflict in Sudan is an evergreen subject; much of the literature focuses on the history, causes of the conflict and the current atrocities in Darfur. However, there is a lack of knowledge surrounding the issues of division and fragmentation. The Government of Sudan (GoS) implements ‘divide and rule’, ‘divide and destroy’ with ‘divide and confuse’ monolithically as a policy, enabling them to maintain power throughout Sudan. The 2011 referendum of South Sudan led to the division of Sudan into two independent countries--Sudan and South Sudan. While peace remains out of reach, the suffering of innocent civilians continues to be widespread. A key question is whether Darfur should reunite as one province or remain five separate states? The Administrative Referendum in Darfur would be a cause for deadly Ethno-political conflict in Darfur.

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Massive Human Rights Abuses in Jebel Marra

(23 January 2016) Civilian populations in Jebel Marra, a district in Darfur, Sudan, is currently experiencing massive human rights abuses, war crimes, crimes against humanity and all other forms of brutal atrocities. These atrocities are being practiced by the Government of Sudan (GoS) and the GoS supported Janjaweed militia--now operating in the region as the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). Civil conflict in Darfur began in 2003, and became widely publicized--especially with the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, widespread sexual assaults, burning of villages and the displacement of millions of people from their homes to internally displaced persons (IDP) and refugee camps. Additionally, those who found themselves in these camps were faced with very limited humanitarian services and poor security. Unfortunately, the conflict is still nowhere near an end and the suffering continues.

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Humanitarian Update - December 2015

The end of the rainy season has brought with it an increase of aerial attacks and shelling on an already exhausted population, killing one person. Two aerial attacks were reported in Khor Tombak, South Sudan, close to the border with Blue Nile, killing a 14 year-old girl and injuring 5 people. Clashes between government forces and the SPLM/A-N are expected to intensify in the coming months. Incidents of cattle raiding in South Kordofan have resumed. As a result, three people were killed allegedly by government militias, while at least 304 heads of cattle were looted.

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Call For Genuine and Productive Dialogue in Sudan to Ward Off Disaster

Despite efforts to achieve a comprehensive and just peace in Sudan, armed conflict, corruption and human rights violations continued as the year 2016 came to be. This, whilst the will of political actors including the armed movements continues to falter in reaching agreement on a road map that would deliver peace, good governance, and sustainable development.

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Sudan must protect civilians in West Darfur and reign in security forces after village burned and protestors lethally shot

(14 January 2016) Sudanese authorities should immediately put in place measures to ensure the protection of civilians in and around El Geneina, the capital city of West Darfur state, and reign in state security forces following the lethal shooting of at least ten civilians by police and security personnel and the burning and looting of the nearby village of Mouli, approximately 15 kilometers south of El Geneina over the past week. Mouli was attacked and burned to the ground by suspected members of the Government’s Rapid Support Forces on 9 and 10 January. Four residents of Mouli were abducted during the attacks and their whereabouts remain unknown. On 10 January, Central Reserve Police and National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) fired live ammunition and tear gas to disperse an angry crowd that had gathered in front of the West Darfur Governor’s offices in El Geneina and set fire to property. It is thought that most people in the crowd had been displaced from Mouli earlier that morning and headed to the State governor’s office to demand protection. At least seven people were killed, including one 16-year old boy, and ten were injured when authorities fired on the crowd.

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Sudanese authority destroyed two churches at Omdurman

(21 December 2015) On 21st and 28th Oct. 2015 the combined troops of National intelligence and security service (NISS), Police, land registration authority and locality’s officer destroyed two churches in Althawra (square 29 and square 61) which are located in Karari locality of Omdurman town at Khartoum state, without any legal ground.

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Hundreds of Sudanese refugees and asylum seekers face forcible deportation from Jordan

(18th of December 2015) During the last two days, Jordanian authorities decided to deport over 800 Sudanese refugees and asylum seekers back to Sudan. Jordanian officials revealed that the deportation is conducted in coordination and arrangement with Sudanese authorities. The first batch of the deported persons arrived to Khartoum airport this morning, Friday December 18, 2015.The group was received by excessive presence of Sudanese security apparatus.

SDFG expresses its extreme worry for the safety and well-being of those refugees and asylum seekers, especially with the known bad reputation of the Sudanese security. Detention, prolonged investigation and torture by Sudanese security have characterized the previous cases of deportation to Sudan. SDFG also condemns the cruel and inhumane treatment of Jordanian authorities against those refugees and asylum seekers during the forcible deportation of the first batch.

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Unhindered Assistance from Multiple Locations for the Two Areas and throughout Sudan

In light of the impasse at the 10th round of peace talks in Addis Ababa between the government of Sudan and the SPLM-N, we believe it is critical to recognize that it is a violation of international law to block humanitarian aid to innocent civilians living in conflict zones. Therefore, no party to the conflict should prevent the international community from providing humanitarian aid to the people affected by conflict in the Nuba Mountains/South Kordofan and the Blue Nile states, commonly referred to as the Two Areas, of Sudan, or any other area within Sudan. According to multiple UN General Assembly Resolutions, UNOCHA, and the ICRC, humanitarian actions are founded on four guiding principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence. These principles provide the foundation to establishing and maintaining access to affected people in a complex emergency such as armed conflict. If humanitarian assistance relief actions do not follow these principles then the entire operation puts the victims of conflict at risk and humanitarian assistance can become a weapon in furtherance of armed conflict.

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Assessment of EU statements on Sudan and their reference to the conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, protection of civilians and the use of aerial bombardments 2012-2015

The goal of this research was to see if the EU has taken any position over the past years on the conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, condemning the aerial bombardments by the Government of Sudan (GoS) on civilians and calling for the protection of civilians.

Different type of statements have been researched, such as council conclusions, declaration by the High Representative (HR) on behalf of the EU, statements from the EU HR, statements by the spokesperson of the HR and press releases/statements by the EU delegation in Khartoum.

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Human Rights Update: September-October 2015
Despite a ceasefire bombings of civilians continue

In the last two months, attacks against civilians in Southern Kordofan (SK) and Blue Nile (BN) have continued though at a reduced scale compared to this year’s high of 65 attacks in May. There was, however, a five-fold increase in the number of attacks in September 2015 as compared with September 2014. The slight decrease is likely to be as a result of the annual decrease due to the rainy season. A two month ceasefire was declared in September to enable peace talks. Whilst the ceasefire has clearly not been respected by the government of Sudan (GoS), it may have contributed to reducing the number of bombings.

Although the GoS’s agreement to resume talks, the first in a year, with SPLM-N in November was a positive development, they were suspended again very shortly afterwards following a deadlock on discussions around humanitarian aid.

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Humanitarian Update: October 2015

Ground fighting in the Blue Nile Ingessana Mountains, and aerial bombardment and shelling in South Kordofan, continued during the reporting period, even if on a smaller scale. Aerial attacks were directed mainly towards civilian locations and cultivated farms. There are increasing reports of SAF attempts to burn crops at the far farms in Dalami county.

With evidence on the ground indicating that both parties are preparing for a new season of fighting, the humanitarian conditions of the people in the Two Areas are expected to deteriorate even further in the coming months. A recent compilation of Nuba reports has documented nearly 4,000 aerial attacks on civilians just the last three years in South Kordofan.

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Rape In Darfur: A History Of Predation

(November 2015) Early in 2015, Waging Peace acquired 77 testimonies documenting first-hand accounts of rape and mass rape in Darfur. We prepared this ‘snapshot’ report not for use as a comprehensive guide to the issue of rape in Darfur, but to highlight the fact that sexual and gender-based violence committed by armed groups is a persistent and devastating part of the conflict in the region, as well as to pay tribute to the bravery of the women for sharing their stories.

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Female Genital Mutilation And Cutting In Sudan

(October 2015) Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) refers to “all procedures involving partial or total removal of the female external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons”. According to UNICEF, FGM/C “is a fundamental violation of human rights. Approximately 125 million girls and women have been forcibly subjected to FGM/C in the 29 African and Middle Eastern countries where it is most prevalent. Sudan is in the highest category of prevalence for countries with FGM/C, and 37% of the girls affected are under the age of 14. Reasons cited for undertaking FGM/C are control over a woman’s sexuality, hygiene, gender-based factors, cultural identity and religion.

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Humanitarian Update: September 2015

Pockets of population in the Two Areas are facing severe levels of food insecurity, mainly due to late and poor rainfall, which compounds difficulties to produce and access food in the war torn areas. Specifically, in the payams of Chali and Wadaka in Kurmuk county, Blue Nile, the early crops have failed leaving a hunger gap of at least four months for around 30,000 people. Areas in As-Sunut and Dilling in Western Jebel region and in Toobo A, Dallami and Western Kadugli in central parts of of South Kordofan are also experiencing critical food security levels. Cases of death due to malnutrition from the Koma Ganza (Blue Nile) and Kao-Nyaro-Warni (South Kordofan) areas have been already reported by this Unit. An estimated 90,000 people are now considered at risk of a localised famine, and more deaths are expected if immediate assistance is not provided to these populations. In Blue Nile, the number of people facing severe levels of food insecurity is more than half of the entire population living under SPLM/A-N control.

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Sudan Civil Society Watch: July – September 2015 (Issue #3)

(16 October 2015) Produced by the Confederation of Sudanese Civil Society organizations (CSCSOs), Sudan Civil Society Watch is a quarterly bulletin concerned with monitoring and reporting on the space and flux for civil society in Sudan. The bulletin acts as an evidence base and is used to engage with policy and decision-makers to improve and expand the space for Sudanese civil society.

Data and information is collected via information and communication technologies through a network of trusted correspondents from civil society activists and organizations throughout the country. Information is also processed and analysed through focus group discussions and secondary sources.

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Announcement On The Launch Of The 7+7 Process For "National Dialogue" In Sudan

Since more than a year and following the President’s announcement of his initiative in January 2014 and desire to initiate a national dialogue, civil society organizations have remained, watchful of the political and security situation, and the developments that have accompanied attempts to establish a national dialogue in Sudan. One that would be democratic, transparent, and that would involve all sectors of the Sudanese people, without discrimination, and without exclusion. However, the developments during this period have reflected clearly a decline in confidence between the government and political parties, and its continued approach of exclusion. Furthermore, the government has insisted on preparing and managing for national dialogue with no recognition or attention to the sincere voices of other actors and their insistence on the need to first demonstrate seriousness and bridge the gap of trust and credibility by meeting the prerequisites of a national dialogue.

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Human Rights Update: July-August 2015
Bombings continue despite onset of the rainy season

(15 October 2015) In the two last months, the situation continued to deteriorate in Southern Kordofan (SK) and Blue Nile (BN). In July and August 2015, attacks against civilians in the two areas continued although on a reduced scale from the previous months as a result of the rainy season, which is generally associated with a reduction in the number of attacks. There was, however, a substantial increase in the number of attacks as compared with the previous rainy season. The total number of attacks recorded over the two month period, 34, was more than double the number reported in the same period in 2014.

In July, the dropping of 11 cluster bombs was reported in Umdorein and Tobo (Al Buram) counties. As mentioned in our June 2015 report, due to their inherently indiscriminate nature cluster munition is banned by the Convention on Cluster Munition (CCM) endorsed in 2008. Sudan is not a party to the convention, but there is increasing international consensus that use of these weapons is unacceptable. In total, attacks by the government of Sudan (GoS) on civilians over the last two months injured two women, killed 11 animals and injured eight, damaged two huts, one house and seven shelters and destroyed three farms and four shelters.

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SKBNCU Flash update #10 - Food security crisis in Blue Nile: 30,000 people at risk of a localised famine

(8 October 2015) Lack of rains, after sporadic falls in May 2015, have provoked the substantial disruption of maize and short-term sorghum cultivation in the payam of Wadaka and Chali (Kurmuk county) in Blue Nile. As a result, around 30,000 people living in those areas are at risk of a localised famine. Deaths due to malnutrition and sickness from eating inappropriate wild foods have already been reported from the Koma Ganza area, where around 15,000 people live in critical humanitarian conditions. With a population of approximately 67,000, the affected communities represent more than half of the population living in the county.

According to the communities, this is the driest season of the last five years. Third party analysis of satellite data indicates that: ‘In Kurmuk county, vegetative conditions and moisture levels are considerably below normal throughout much of the county in September, at a time of year when conditions are normally at their peak. Planting of the main staple crop, sorghum, typically runs through July and early August. For many farmers, persistently poor conditions in Kurmuk suggest little chance to establish a crop from this point forward.2 For the time being, rains in nearby Yabus payam have allowed people to cultivate.

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Briefing Public Order Trial: Sentencing of Nuba Women

(5 October 2015) On Thursday 25th of June 2015 around 9:00 p.m. after coming from church in El-Ezba neighborhood (also known as Tayba Al-Hamadab) in Khartoum North, 12 Sudanese women hailing from the Nuba Mountains of the embattled Southern Kordofan State were arrested by the Public Order Police while waiting for public transportation. The women were taken to the Public Order Police station in Al-Sababi neighborhood and informed by police, that they were being arrested under Article 152 of the 1991 Public Order Act, which states that:

“Whoever commits, in a public space, an act, or conducts himself in an indecent manner, or a manner contrary to public morality, or wears an indecent or immoral dress, which causes annoyance to public feelings, shall be punished, with whipping, not exceeding 40 lashes, or with a fine, or with both”

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Waging Peace Briefing On How UK Overseas Aid Was Spent Training Sudanese Police

In March the Independent Commission for Aid Impact released a report on how UK aid has been spent training overseas police forces. The report (available at: http://icai.independent.gov.uk/reports/uk-development-assistance-for-security-and-justice/) received little attention in the run-up to the general election. Yet, it concludes that UK officials may be making bad human rights situations worse by honing the skills of repressive security forces.

In the case of Sudan, more than £850,000 was spent on a programme that had to be “terminated ahead of schedule, following violent suppression of protests in Khartoum and other cities in September 2013”, in which more than 100 unarmed democracy protesters were killed.

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FIDH, ACJPS and SHRM joint oral statement to UN Human Rights Council 30th Session

(30th September 2015) At the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council and during the Interactive Dialogue with the independent UN expert on the Sudan; FIDH and its member organisations, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) and the Sudan Human Rights Monitor (SHRM), submitted a joint statement expressing serious concerns for the situation of human rights in the country.

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On the anniversary of protests massacres, the international community must take a strong stand on impunity for widespread human rights abuses in Sudan

International Federation for Human Rights – FIDH
African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies – ACJPS
Sudan Human Rights Monitor – SHRM

Paris, Kampala, Khartoum, 23 September 2015 – The Government of Sudan continues to fail to ensure that those responsible for international crimes and other serious human rights abuses are held to account, in particular when such abuses engage the responsibility of forces and groups under its command. On the second anniversary of the killing by Sudanese security forces of at least 185 peaceful demonstrators, Sudan has taken no clear steps to ensure accountability or grant effective remedies to victims and their families. Meanwhile, serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law continue to be committed in conflict zones and across the country with complete impunity. FIDH, ACJPS and SHRM reiterate their call upon the international community to condemn serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law in Sudan, call for reform of Sudanese laws that allow impunity for perpetrators of serious crimes, and ensure effective accountability mechanisms are established to grant justice and reparation for victims.

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Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of Sudan 2016

(22 September 2015) On 21 September 2015 the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS), International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) made a stakeholder submission to the Universal Periodic Review of Sudan 2016. The submission details human rights developments in Sudan, including legal and institutional, documented by our organisations since the last Universal Periodic Review of Sudan by member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2011.

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Sudan – Enforced Disappearance of a Political Activist

(16 September 2015)

Mr Chairman, distinguished members of the Working Group,

We, together with the Arab Coalition for Sudan, write to bring to your attention the case of Mr Babacar Moussa Issa, a member of the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party who was arrested by the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on 27 August 2015 and is disappeared since. His family learned from other detainees that he was subjected to torture while in secret detention but they have not been able to visit him so far. They fear that he could be ill-treated again while being detained by the NISS.

We solicit your urgent intervention with the Sudanese authorities to ask them to immediately release Mr Issa or at the very least to put him under the protection of the law and authorise his family and his lawyer to visit him. If Mr Issa confirms the reports of torture, the authorities should open thorough and impartial investigations into them and bring the perpetrators to justice while offering him a fair compensation. The Sudanese authorities should be reminded of their international obligations and put an end to the practice of enforced disappearances as well as the arbitrary detention and torture of political activists.

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Humanitarian Update - August 2015

While ground fighting has declined during the rainy season, indiscriminate aerial bombardment by jet fighters and Antonovs and shelling continues to disrupt the lives of civilians in the two Areas. At least 22 bombs and 74 shells fell on civilian locations, farms and grazing land in August 2015. Attacks were carried out by Sudan government forces simultaneously with a proffered unilateral cease fire by the same government. Luckily the attacks did not cause any human casualty. One shell fell outside a primary school, and a tragedy was luckily averted. In addition to terrorising local people, insecurity also continues to reduce the peoples’ ability to cultivate and rear livestock, as confirmed by the July Food Security and Monitoring Unit (FSMU) report. Small Arms Survey confirmed that the Sudan government is targeting civilians with aerial bombing, including attacks on cultivated farms, food stocks and clinics. That indiscriminate use of bombs has contributed to the worsening humanitarian situation for civilians living in rebel-held areas.

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SKBNCU Flash update - Abuses against civilians continue in Government held areas in Blue Nile

(15 September 2015) Sudanese citizens living in the Government held areas in Blue Nile are victims of continue abuses by government forces and militias. The people who safely reached the refugee camps in South Sudan and SPLM/A-N held areas in Blue Nile, have reported appalling human rights abuses and dire humanitarian conditions within the Government held areas in Baw, northern Kurmuk and southern Geissan counties. People have limited freedom to cultivate, schools are closed and clinics are not available. Burning of villages intensified in 2015, forcing people to flee their areas for safety. According to those interviewed, villages were burned to force people out of their home areas and to reduce support for the SPLM/A-N. People lost all their belongings and livestock, while an unverified number of women were raped.

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NGO Letter regarding human rights situation at 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council

To Permanent Representatives of Members and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council

Geneva, 3 September 2015,

RE: Gravely deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation in Sudan

We write to share our serious concerns about the deteriorating human rights situation in Sudan, marked by harsh political repression and continued impunity. There is increasing evidence that Sudanese security forces are committing war crimes in the conflict areas of Darfur, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states. We call on your delegation to support the development and adoption of a strong and responsive resolution on Sudan under agenda Item 4 at the 30th session of the Human Rights Council in September.

Over the past four years in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, the Sudanese government has engaged in indiscriminate and targeted aerial bombardment of civilian areas, killing and wounding hundreds, if not thousands, of civilians. Government forces have destroyed civilian property including villages, health facilities, schools, mosques and churches, and the authorities continue to obstruct humanitarian assistance. Government forces and allied militia have also been implicated in alarming levels of sexual violence. Ongoing attacks and fighting have caused massive displacement over the past year.

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South Kordofan and Blue Nile Coordination Unit Protection Report

Four cluster bombs were launched by two Jet fighters on 10 July into the village of Tabanya (Thobo county), in South Kordofan, without provoking any casualty. Some of the bombs did not explode, leaving unexploded bomblets on the ground that are threatening the lives of the civilians. Cluster bombs are prohibited by an International Convention that the Government of Sudan has not joined. Cluster bombs were also used in South Kordofan in May 2015. There is no evidence to date of their use in Blue Nile state.

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Humanitarian Update - June 2015

The 6th of June marked the fourth anniversary of the beginning of the conflict in the Two Areas, that has led to hundreds of thousands of displaced persons and over a million war-affected people. The civilian population continues to be affected by targeted and indiscriminate aerial bombardment and heavy shelling, albeit slightly reduced during this reporting period. In June 2015, shelling and aerial bombardment in the Two Areas caused the death of four people and seven were injured, while at least 200 additional households were displaced.

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Judicial Review of UK Training of Sudan Army in Court

Ali Agab Nour, a Sudanese lawyer and refugee, will challenge the British Government’s decision to provide military training to the Sudanese Army in the High Court.

It is well-documented that the Sudanese Army regularly and systematically perpetrate truly appalling human rights violations including mass rape, ethnic cleansing and indiscriminate aerial bombardment. The senior commanders of the army are indicted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity and genocide. The UK is alone amongst western nations in training the army.

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Human Rights Update - June 2015: Eight cluster bombs fall in Umdorein County

After four years of conflict in Southern Kordofan (SK) and Blue Nile (BN), civilians continue to be heavily affected by aerial bombardment and ground fighting carried out by the Sudanese government. Since the beginning of the war, civilians have been displaced on a massive scale, injured, killed, detained or abducted in SK and BN. Moreover, the government of Sudan continues to deny independent humanitarian access increasing the suffering and the vulnerability of civilians leaving in the Two Areas.

In June 2015, with the beginning of the rainy season, the number of attacks carried out by the Sudanese government in SK decreased significantly, with fewer than half as many incidents reported in June 2015 as compared to May 2015, and nearly a quarter of the number reported in June 2014. However, even despite the significant decrease in bombings, sadly June 2015 saw the same number of casualties as June 2014.

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Human Rights Update - May 2015:Over 7,000 civilians displaced and 347 homes destroyed in 65 attacks

The government of Sudan’s (GoS) military offensive against opposition forces of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) in Southern Kordofan intensified significantly during May 2015, as the government attempted to gain ground ahead the coming rainy season. This follows the same pattern seen in previous years, our monitors recorded 65 attacks in SPLM-N controlled areas in May. This represented a 14% increase over last month, and a 25% increase over May 2014. Of particular concern in this month has been a significant increase in ground attacks, which often cause significant displacement. In total from January to May 2015, 200 verified incidents were registered, killing 39 civilians and injuring 148 persons.

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Sudan Public Opinion Poll Results of the Election opinion Poll, in Khartoum, River Nile, Kassala, Northern Kordofan, Aljazeera and White Nile States

(June 2015) This report includes the main results of the public opinion poll on the current election, 2015, in six out of Sudan’s 18 states. The opinion poll reflects the general public’s satisfaction with what the government of Sudan calls “the citizens’ constitutional rights” to choose their president and parliamentary representatives. The six states where this survey was carried out are Khartoum, River Nile, Kassala, Northern Kordofan, Aljazeera and White Nile states. The results were gathered in the field through direct structured interviews and covered all localities of the surveyed states. The sample size for the survey was determined by the accuracy, and degree of precision required for the survey estimates for each state and available resources. The interviews were carried out by 75 qualified young researchers managed by nine supervisors.

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Al Bashir's escape: South African government should be held accountable for flouting court orders

(17 June 2015) The willful non-compliance by the South African government of a high court order preventing the departure of Sudan President Omar Al Bahir is cause for grave concern for the rule of law in the country. FIDH, ACJPS and LHR were alarmed that despite the court order preventing his exit, Al Bashir – who was attending the African Union summit in South Africa – was able to leave without being arrested and transfered to the International Criminal Court (ICC) where he faces charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

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Sudan forcibly displaces and sets villages on fire in Blue Nile; civilians presumed to be affiliated with rebels detained incommunicado

(17 June 2015) Since April 2015, three villages in Blue Nile, primarily comprised of members of the Ingessana ethnic group, have been burned to the ground by the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) in an apparent attempt to forcibly displace communities perceived to support the rebel Sudanese Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-N). The armed forces have also ordered residents of four villages to relocate from their homes, threatening that those who stay behind will be presumed to be members of the SPLM-N. The attacks have displaced thousands of civilians and destroyed agriculture. On 8 April 2015, the village of Mediam Al Jabal was burnt to the ground, displacing approximately 3,700 civilians. Two further attacks, on Khor Mungra on 10 May and Bau locality on 11 May, displaced approximately 6,018 residents. On 13 May the SAF ordered residents of four nearby villages – Khor Mganza, Daim Masaleet, Alshaheed Afandi and Raieh Balak – to relocate, threatening that anyone remaining behind would be a presumed member of the SPLM – N. Humanitarian access to the area has been severely limited by Sudanese authorities, with only the Sudanese Red Crescent allowed to access displaced communities.

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Two South Sudanese Pastors face death penalty for voicing opposition to corruption scandal at Khartoum Bahri Church

(2 June 2015) Two South Sudanese pastors are currently on trial in Khartoum for criminal charges which carry the death penalty under Sudan’s 1991 Penal Code after making public remarks criticizing a corruption scandal at a Khartoum Church and the treatment of Christians in Sudan. The two men Yad Michael, (m), 49 years of age, and Peter Yen, (m), 26 years of age, were detained by Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on 14 December 2014 and 11 January 2015 respectively, and held incommunicado until their first family visits on 2 March 2015. They were transferred to Kober prison on 1 March after being charged by the Office of the Prosecutor for Crimes against the State. Their first court session was on 19 May, and the second on 31 May. The next court session is scheduled for 15 June 2015.

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32 Eritreans at Risk of Forced Return from Sudan

(1 June 2015) 32 Eritrean asylum seekers are at risk of forced return to Eritrea after a Sudanese court ruled that the group be deported from Sudan after serving two months in prison. The group was found guilty of illegal entry by a court in Sudan’s Red Sea State that borders Eritrea. The members of the group, which includes 14 women and one six-year old child, were denied the opportunity to make a claim for international protection although a representative from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) attended the court session. They are currently serving two month prison sentences, pending deportation, after they failed to pay a fine for illegal entry.

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Sudan: Release and guarantee safety of human rights defender detained by armed forces in Nuba Mountains

(18 May 2015) Sudanese authorities should immediately release and guarantee the safety of human rights defender Mohamed Musa Mohamed Dawud who was reportedly detained by members of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) in late April and transferred under armed guard to Kadugli hospital in South Kordofan with gunshot wounds.

Mohamad Dawud is a known human rights defender who is thought to have been injured and detained during a ground attack by the SAF on the civilian village of Belanga in West Kadugli County, South Kordofan. Conflicting reports suggest he was detained sometime between 23 and 30 April and taken to Kadugli hospital under armed guard, having sustained gunshot wounds. His current whereabouts have not been confirmed.

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Human Rights Update: April 2015
Deadly attacks in Southern Kordofan as Sudan votes

As Sudanese in Khartoum and other parts of the country went to the polls on 13-16 April civilians in Southern Kodorfan were not only excluded from the vote, they faced continuing government attacks. Over the three days of the elections, civilians faced 12 separate aerial bombardments and shelling attacks. The grim situation in Southern Kordofan is a grim reminder of the lack of credibility of the elections.

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Dirty bombs in East Jabal Marra and the RSF continued killing and looting the Civilians in Darfur - 14th and 15th April 2015

East Jabal Marra -Dofta village/East of Fanga rea - 14th April

A group of the Rapid Support Forces came to Dofat market and bought some meat from two (2) butchers named (Mohamed Suleiman Musa and Mohamed Abdo-alkareem). When the butchers asked for their money, the RSF opened fire killing the two butchers and walked away.

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“Your silence is a shame to humanity.”

(21 April 2015) A new report launched today by the International Refugee Rights Initiative and the National Human Rights Monitoring Organisation brings the voices of civilians living through the conflict in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan State to the international community.

Focusing on the devastating impact of the conflict on every aspect of people’s lives, the report highlights the extraordinary resilience and resistance of the civilian population. Inevitably, however, this resilience is also being worn away by the continuing onslaught.

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Urgent Appeal - The Observatory

(21 April 2015) The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Sudan.

Description of the situation: The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment of Mr. Adil Bakheit, member of the Board of Trustees of the Sudan Human Rights Monitor (SHRM) by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS). Mr. Bakheit, a human rights trainer, also played an important monitoring role during the 2010 elections and 2011 referendum in Sudan.

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Sudanese human rights defender detained on baseless charges and others at risk after armed raid on Khartoum training centre

(18 April 2015) Sudanese human rights defender Adil Bakheit is at risk of a politically motivated trial on baseless charges, including under the category of ‘crimes against the state’ that carry the death penalty, after his laptop was confiscated during an armed raid on the Khartoum-based TRACKS for Training and Human Development. Officers from Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), armed with guns, raided the training centre on 26 March whilst it was hosting a training session on social responsibility. Participants were accused of discussing the boycott of the upcoming General Elections. Property, including four laptop computers and the central computer server, was seized. Two members of staff and a filmmaker present during the workshop have been summoned by the NISS and interrogated on a number of occasions since the raid. Adil Bakheit, a well-known independent human rights trainer, was summoned and charged by the State Security Prosecution Office on 16 April, three weeks after the raid and seizure of his laptop.

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In memory of Osman Hummaida, Sudanese human rights champion, 1962-2014

(17 April 2015) Today marks the one-year anniversary since the untimely passing of Osman Hummaida, Founding Executive Director of the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS), friend and mentor to countless human rights defenders around the world.

Osman worked tirelessly in support of human rights and social justice in Sudan and across Africa. He believed strongly in the principles of human rights and international justice, and was at the forefront of campaigns to build and support strong African regional human rights mechanisms. He was instrumental to the campaigning that led to the referral of the situation in Sudan’s Darfur region to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the eventual issuance of an arrest warrant against Sudanese President Omar Hassan al Bashir for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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Sudan’s Electoral Period Marred by Arrests and Incommunicado Detention; insecurity in Darfur

(17 April 2015) Sudan’s national general elections began on 13 April 2015. Scheduled to end on 15 April, they were extended one day by the National Elections Commission (NEC) to account for low voter turnout.

In the days leading up to and during the elections and the voting period, ACJPS documented a number of violations, apparently aimed at restricting the ability of independent groups and activists to voice dissenting political views from those of the ruling party. Activists affiliated with Irhal (Go!), a campaign established by the opposition coalition, the National Consensus Forces (NCF), calling on supporters to boycott the elections, have been subjected to arbitrary arrest and ill-treatment by security forces.

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Humanitarian Update - March 2015

While the first three weeks of March were relatively calm, the last week witnessed an notable increase in aerial bombardment and shelling in South Kordofan causing significant displacement and damage to livestock, food and tree crops. A new wave of ground fighting has reportedly caused the displacement of over 20,000 civilians from the front-line areas. Consistent with previous trends, bombing in March appeared to be directed towards civilian targets, such as farms, food stocks and schools, including the New Sudan Primary School in Heiban Payam, but did not cause any human casualties. At the end of the month/beginning of April, the IDPs living in caves in the Tunguli area were targeted, causing the death of seven people. SPLA North military attacks employing a mobile force and aimed at undermining the April elections and depleting government resources, have reportedly provoked civilian casualties and displacement from Government held locations in South Kordofan.

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Civil Society dismay at decision to deploy observation monitors to Sudan elections

(13 April 2015) We, the undersigned Sudanese and African civil society organizations, write with deep concern about the decision of the African Union Peace and Security Council to send an observation mission to monitor the 13 – 15 April 2015 Sudanese general elections, in direct contradiction to the recommendations of the African Union’s
own pre-elections assessment mission.

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Detentions, civil society closures, media restrictions on eve of Sudan elections

(12 April 2015) Sudan’s national general elections will begin on 13 April 2015. For the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), “there is no prospect of open, transparent free or fair elections in Sudan whilst independent civil society groups, human rights defenders, political activists and journalists are at such a high risk of arbitrary detention for voicing dissenting views and whilst conflict rages in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile states”.

The electoral process has been rejected by nearly all mainstream political opposition parties on the basis that it is not genuine, inclusive or aimed at reaching a national consensus. Instead, in the run-up to elections, brutal repression against dissenting voices has considerably increased: political opponents, journalists, and human rights defenders are being targeted by the regime more than ever. In the conflict areas of Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan, mass atrocities continue to be perpetrated against civilians. Additionally, the electoral process has been marred by a number of procedural irregularities and will take place amidst a fragile political environment.

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South Kordofan and Blue Nile Coordination Unit Protection Report1 #5 - 2015

(12 April, 2015) For the SPLM-N controlled locations in the Two Areas, the month of March in terms of civilian protection incidents has been somewhat subdued when compared to the previous three months. No deaths were reported in March 2015 and 20 civilians were reported to having been injured as a result of aerial bombardment or shelling.

However, the intensity of military attacks that affected civilian locations in SPLM-N controlled areas increased near the end of March and into the first week of April, resulting in 17 civilian deaths and 12 persons injured between April 4 and 7th. Shelling from the SAF garrison in Dilling town into Al Kuk village on April 6th killed 9 people from the same family, including a one day old baby, and children of ages 2, 5, 10, two of 13, 15 and 18 years as well as a 23 year old adult. Bombs dropped near a local grinding mill in Tunguli, Dalami County, on April 7th killed 7 people; two women, two students and two young children, and a elderly man was seriously injured and then died while being transported to a distant hospital. The grinding mill which provides a critical service for the local population was also destroyed.

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Public opinion poll reveals discontent in Sudan

The findings of a public opinion poll conducted in Khartoum State and released today by the Sudan Consortium showed a high level of discontent with the state of the economy, governance and services in Sudan.

Based on a survey of 782 households, the survey covers public opinion on the socio-economic situation in the country, security, the problems facing the country, emigration, local service, corruption and the National Dialogue process. When asked about the problems facing the country, respondents identified economic issues first with the most popular two answers being increasing prices and inflation and poverty. Respondents also identified corruption, poor services, and armed conflict and geographic, ethnic and political division in the country.

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Human Rights Update: February - March 2015

(9 April 2015) As elections in Sudan approach in April 2015, the conflict in Southern Kordofan is being drawn in to the political debate. President Bashir had promised that all wars would be ended by the end of 2014 and that the elections would be held in a peaceful environment. The continuation of the war, among other factors, is undermining international confidence in the elections. At the same time, rebels have threatened to stop the elections in Southern Kordofan and have claimed that their recent offensives have been undertaken in an effort to support election boycotts.

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Letter to African Union on Elections

(27 March 2015) We, the undersigned Sudanese, African and Arab civil society organizations, wish to thank and commend the efforts of the African Union and its various organs under your leadership to bring about a lasting, comprehensive peace to Sudan. We reiterate our support for the proactive stance of the African Union in ensuring that the root causes of Sudan’s crises are addressed.

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A Study of The Sudanese Voluntary and Humanitarian Work Act 2006

This report provides an analysis the different aspects of the Sudanese Voluntary and Humanitarian Work Act 2006 in comparison with Ethiopian, Egyptian and English Law. The method of research chosen was a comparative study of Laws. The English Law was chosen as a standard democratic law from a stable country in which to compare the Sudanese Voluntary and Humanitarian Work Act 2006 with reference to the Sudanese constitution, as well as, comparisons with two neighboring countries laws- Ethiopia and Egypt. Roundtable discussions were also conducted with members of Sudanese Civil Society Organizations, in order to understand their experiences on how this Act is implemented; their contributions were then incorporated into this report. The findings show that the Sudanese Voluntary and Humanitarian Work Act 2006 is used by the government to suppress Sudanese Civil Society. It is found to be unconstitutional because it deprives citizens of their right to associate and assemble. It is also found that implementation of the Act varies according to the whim of whoever is in control. It must be stated that this report has limitations due to difficulty of access to information regarding laws related to the HAC. This is because of the nature of secrecy surrounding all security related matters in Sudan.

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Humanitarian Crisis in Sudan’s Two Areas and Darfur: March 2015

For civilians in many parts of Sudan, 2015 has already brought rising hostilities, mass displacement, and a deepening food crisis. The conditions are such that hundreds of civilians are fleeing across the Sudanese border to refugee camps in Unity State, where South Sudan’s civil war is still raging. They have made the judgement that the risks of remaining in Sudan, where they would continue to be subjected to intense aerial bombardment and shelling of civilian areas, and unsustainable livelihoods, were greater than any risks they might encounter in the conflict zone across the border.

Civilians in the ‘Two Areas’ – Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile – have suffered from nearly four years of uninterrupted conflict that has internally displaced 1.7 million people, roughly half of the population. Meanwhile, the conflict in Darfur has thus far internally displaced 2.5 million, and has resulted in over 4.4 million civilians requiring humanitarian assistance, a level rarely exceeded in the history of the twelve year conflict. Both conflicts have seen civilians systematically targeted with regular reporting of killing, rape, destruction of property and community infrastructure, and loss of livelihoods.

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In English, in Arabic

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Statement on the Sudanese elections scheduled for April 2015

(5 March 2015) The Sudanese government has announced that it is intent on holding legislative and presidential elections in April 2015. This, despite repeated calls for their postponement by opposition political forces and independent civil society until such time when peace is secured and the national dialogue, which the government itself had announced and that potentially could lead to national consensus around the Constitution and how the country should be governed, might take place. Moreover, the National Elections Commission (NEC) announced it had completed preparations for the elections and set the schedule for all stages. It also announced that several regional and international actors have expressed an interest in monitoring the elections.

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African Commission should call on Sudan to release prominent activists facing stiff penalties in national security trial

(20 February 2015) Africa’s main human rights body should call on Sudan to ensure the prompt release of two well-known activists who face an unfair trial on 23 February 2015 on charges that carry harsh penalties including life imprisonment, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS), REDRESS, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) said today.

The four human rights organisations submitted a complaint today to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), asking it to take up this case, during its meeting in Banjul, The Gambia, which began on 19 February 2015. The African Commission is charged with monitoring the implementation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights to which Sudan is party.

The complaint concerns distinguished human rights defender Dr. Amin Mekki Medani, former Chairperson of the Sudanese Human Rights Monitor (SHRM), and Mr Farouq Abu Eissa, a political activist who is the Chairperson of the National Consensus Forces, an umbrella of political opposition groups in Sudan.

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Sudan Human Rights Monitor Issue 27: December 2014 – January 2015

The Monitoring Report provides a detailed account of human rights violations documented by the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) including a rise in freedom of expression, association, and assembly violations in January 2015. Press censorship continued and restrictions on independent civil society surged. The National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) raided the Sudanese Human Rights Monitor in late December and the Registrar of Cultural Groups ordered the closures of the Mahmoud Mohamed Taha Centre and the Sudanese Writers’ Union in January. The monitoring report also covers incidents of arbitrary arrest and excessive use of force against students at Red Sea University in Port Sudan, Kassala University in Kassala, and at the University of Bahri in Khartoum.

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Human Rights Update: December 2014 – January 2015

During the months of December 2014 and January 2015, Southern Kordofan (SK) saw a significant increase in the number of bombings and shellings, indicating that the dry season offensive continues to escalate. The number of bombings in December was almost double the number recorded in November, and in January the number increased further. Although the number of attacks was less than the number in the same months a year ago, the number of casualties was higher. The number of deaths more than tripled between November 2014 and January 2015, and in January 2015 alone the number of injuries reached the highest level since the monitoring began.

Not only have the attacks been severe in the number of casualties that they have produced, they have also caused significant property damage, with 49 animals reported killed and dozens of houses destroyed.

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Rights groups welcome African Commission’s decision to uphold complaint of human rights defenders tortured in Sudan

(19 February 2015) The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the World Organisation against Torture (OMCT), the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) and REDRESS welcome the decision Africa’s main human rights treaty body has made which recognises Sudan’s obligation to protect human rights defenders and to ensure that their work promoting and protecting the rights of others is not hindered or frustrated.

In an important decision published on 13 February 2015, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) called on Sudan to effectively investigate and prosecute the security and intelligence officers alleged to be responsible for the arbitrary arrest, torture and ill-treatment of three prominent human rights defenders; to reopen and unfreeze the bank accounts of a human rights organisation shut down in connection with the case and to pay them compensation.

Human rights defenders Monim El Jak, Amir Suliman and the late Osman Hummaida were targeted for their supposed cooperation with the International Criminal Court in a pending case against the President of Sudan Omar Al Bashir arising from international crimes committed in Sudan’s Darfur region.

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Arab League official expresses his concerns over detention of Abu Eissa and Madani by the security authorities

An official from the League of Arab States (LAS) expressed his grave concerns over the arrest of two famous Sudanese figures:  D. Amin Mekki Madani, chairman of the Confederation of civil society organizations and the former UN envoy for human rights in the Middle East and North Africa, and Farouk Abu Issa, the chairman of the National Consensus Forces (NCF) , LAS official promised also to discuss these issues with officials in LAS in order to communicate with the Sudanese authorities to release them as well as other political Sudanese detainees.

Also in the context of the ACS campaign, to release political detainees, D. Abdelatif Obaid, the Assistant Secretary for LAS in Tunis, talked to Abdel Moneim Alhur, the representative of the ACS in Libya, about his deep concerns over the arrest of Mr. Madani, Mr. Abu eissa and other detainees and prisoners, by the Sudanese authorities. Mr. Alhur discussed with Mr. Obaid, the situation of public freedoms in Sudan, the continued arbitrary arrests, storming into universities and suppression of protests, pointing out that 200 citizens lost their lives in violence in 2013 due to the use of excessive force to disperse the demonstrators. He further referred to the killings and displacement of civilians in South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur.

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Weekly Report Brief: Failure of negotiations between the government and the movements leads to military escalation

(December 14, 2014) Immediately after the collapse of the "stalled" negotiations between the delegations of the Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM/North) on the Blue Nile and South Kordofan, in conjunction with the failure of Darfur negotiations, fighting has renewed heavily in the state of South Kordofan. The news of battles between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), and the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) forces, were covered in all Sudanese newspapers with media
escalation from SAF's spokesperson and minister of defense.

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Urgent statement: Arab Coalition for Sudan and the Arab network reject constitutional violations against some journalists

In a strange phenomenon of its kind, the Sudanese Minister of Energy,
Makkawi Mohamed Awad, summoned the journalist Murtada Ahmed, from
(Alahramsd) newspaper, to interrogate him over publishing a story about the
intention of the Ministry of Energy to free natural gas prices. A similar
incident had taken place by the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, Issa
Bushra, who summoned 15 journalists of those who cover the Parliament's
news. The investigation was about publication of mass resignations from the
cleaning company, entrusted with cleaning services at the parliament and
due to suspension of their salaries.

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Urgent statement: ACS condemns the arrest of political
leaders and human rights activists

The Arab Coalition for Sudan (ACS) condemns in strong language the arrest
of: D.amin Makki Madani, the lawyer and the international expert in human
rights fields, who is one of the founders of the ACS, Farouk Abu Issa, the
chairman of the oppositional National Consensus Forces (NCF), Farah Agar,
who is the head of the peace organization, development and reconstruction
goals, and a leader in the national forces for change, as well as his assistant
Mohamed Dodo, by the security authorities. The detention took place over
their signing of ' Sudan call' document. ACS also expresses its deep concern
for the health conditions experienced by those detainees.

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Sudan detains political activists and human rights defenders to silence criticism

(10 December 2014) Sudan has detained two prominent public figures on their return from political negotiations held in Addis Ababa between Sudanese political and armed opposition groups. A large number of personnel from the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), arriving in six vehicles, arrested Dr. Amin Mekki Medani, (m), 76 years of age, and Farouq Abu Eissa, (m), 78 years of age, from their homes in Khartoum just before midnight on Saturday, 6 December. Although their families were not informed of the reasons for the arrests, the men were detained after signing the “Sudan Call” on 3 December in Addis Ababa. The “Sudan Call” is a political document that commits signatories “to dismantle the one-party state regime and replace it with a state founded on equal citizenship through daily popular struggle”. Dr. Amin Mekki Medani, a prominent member of civil society and human rights lawyer, signed the document on behalf of a group of civil society actors. Mr. Farouq Abu Eissa, 78 years of age, signed on behalf of the Sudanese Consensus Forces – an umbrella of political opposition parties – in his capacity as Chairperson of that group.

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Sudan Call: Political Declaration on the Establishment of a State of Citizenship and Democracy

(3 December 2014) Cognizant that Sudan is sliding towards an abyss as a result of the policies of the regime, which came to power in the June 1989 coup, and divided the country and waged wars; imposed a single identity; spread hatred, animosity, and contempt for the other; subjected certain ethnic groups to genocide; drove millions into refugee and internal displacement camps; caused the secession of South Sudan; destroyed the economy by damaging productive projects and national wealth; propagated corruption; ruined the health and education sectors, the environment and national institutions; constricted citizens’ means of livelihood, driving them to emigration or unemployment; passed and enforced laws which demeaned and degraded the dignity and rights of Sudanese women and men; removed institutions providing democratic checks and balances and oversight; cracked down on the media and free expression in all its forms; placed our country under international scrutiny and opprobrium through 62 international resolutions with the country’s leadership charged before the International Criminal Court (ICC), in addition to a host of other policies that continue to push the country towards more division and total destruction.

Read the full declaration here (English, Arabic)

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Arrest of the President of the Sudan Human Rights Monitor (SHRM)

(Paris-Geneva-Kampala, 7 December 2014) The Sudanese authorities must release immediately Dr. Amin Mekki Medani, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, an FIDH-OMCT joint programme, and the African Center for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) said today. The health and physical integrity of the human rights defender must be guaranteed by those who detain him.

On the evening of December 6, 2014, the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) arrested Dr. Amin Mekki Medani, a renowned human rights activist, President of the Sudan Human Rights Monitor (SHRM) from his house in Khartoum.

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Human Rights Update: November 2014

In Southern Kordofan, the pattern of increased aerial bombardment, which began in late October, continued. Fifteen incidents of aerial bombardment were recorded in the first 15 days of November alone,1 reinforcing the belief that the increase in attacks is tied to the onset of the dry season. In Blue Nile, a number of bombing of civilian areas were also recorded.

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Human Rights Update: October 2014

The month of October saw a dramatic fourfold increase from the previous month in bombings in Southern Kordofan, particularly at the end of the month as the rains eased and the dry season approached. A total of 20 bombings were recorded by the monitors, with six bombings recorded in the last five days of the month. 

The bombings in October were concentrated primarily in one geographic area, that of Delami County. Not only did thirteen of the bombing incidents occur there, but six of these incidents targeted just two villages. 

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Violations in the Nuba Mountains

Violations in the Nuba Mountains began to escalate with the end of the rainy season and the increase of the security and military presence. Several incidents occurred

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Condemnation of the arrest of journalist Al-Nour Ahmed Al-Nour

Arab Coalition for Sudan (ACS) and the Arab Network for Media
Crises (ANMC) condemn the arrest of journalist Al-Nour Ahmed Al-Nour,
the correspondent for “Al-Hayat” newspaper in Khartoum and the former
editor-in- chief of “Alsahafa” newspaper. Al-Nour was arrested on the
background of a news story in which he alleged that the president has issued a
decree about merging of electricity companies.

Regardless of the validity of the news or not, the judgment in similar cases is
not the competence of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS),
as it is not the affected party by the publication of such news and where it is
well known that, the aggrieved should resort to the judiciary system, not to
mention that procedure by NISS is a blatant violation to Sudan’s constitution
and laws as well as it is a flagrant violation to human rights charters signed by
Sudan.

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statement:  ACS condemns recent arrests and calls for continuation of the 90 days campaign

National Intelligence and Security Services apparatus (NISS) continued its harsh campaign of systematic arrests of human rights activists, politicians and students in the states of Khartoum and Southern Kordofan, since the beginning of this month. The most prominent and brutal attack was against female students from Darfur inside a students’ residence in Khartoum university, in the second day of Eid al-Adha, they were evicted by force in a barbaric behavior beyond the law and contrary to the customs, morals and benign Sudanese values.

A joint force of police and security forces with support of the "notorious" Rapid Support Forces broke into the students’ residence in order to evacuate it, as implementation of the unjust resolutions of privatization of educational institutions, which creates caste discrimination amid the students. The use of sticks, batons and tear gas resulted in large injuries amid the students, while the security forces arrested more than 30 students, three of whom were released, reported that they have experienced brutal torture, sexual harassment, obscene and racial abuse by the security elements.

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Human Rights Update: September 2014

The month of September was relatively calm in Southern Kordofan as the third year anniversary of outbreak of violence in Blue Nile passed. This calm, however, is widely seen as temporary and the continuation of attacks on civilians, statements by the government of Sudan that they are planning to continue offensives in the area and reports of troops massing in Blue Nile are all contributing to a continuing climate of fear.1 The Sudanese Armed Forces and the allied Rapid Support Forces (RSF) remain deployed close to populated areas and many are wary of tending to, and harvesting, their crops for fear of renewed government action.

On 8 September 2014, three rocket shells were fired from the Altamor area at the village of Allabou Fatah in Um Dorein. There were no casualties as a result of the attack, but the shelling did damage farms in the area. On September 29, 2014, there were two bombing incidents in Delami County in Southern Kordofan. The attacks in the villages of Mardis and Umethan did not cause any causalities, but they did damage to farming activity.

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In the anniversary of September 2013 uprising, Sudanese regime continues its crackdown on freedoms

(24 September 2014) During this month that witnesses, the first anniversary of the glorious uprising of September 2013, during which more than 200 martyrs of peaceful demonstrators were killed in the streets of Khartoum and other Sudanese cities, Sudanese ruling regime continued its crackdown on political and civil liberties

While the military campaign and air strikes against civilians in the three Sudanese war zones continued, the storming of the IDP camps escalated, as happened two weeks ago in Kalma camp incursion by government militias. During this incursion, 8 civilians of the population of the camp were killed. In the same month, the regime executed the death sentence against two detainees of the “Justice and Equality Movement” .

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FIDH and ACJPS: Sudan: One year after the September 2013 bloody repression victims still await truth and justice

Paris, Kampala, 22 September 2014 – Tomorrow, 23 September 2014, will mark the one year anniversary of the outbreak of demonstrations in cities throughout Sudan. These were sparked by the lifting of fuel subsidies the day before, and were met by Sudanese authorities with excessive force, including live ammunition, leading to the deaths of at least 185 people. Hundreds of people were detained, many without any charges ever being brought, and numerous activists were tortured and otherwise ill-treated. FIDH and ACJPS reiterate their call upon regional and international human rights bodies to condemn abuses and ensure investigation and justice.

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Statement on the situation of Human Rights in Sudan

To: Chairperson and Members of Human Rights Council (HRC), Sudan.

Dear Sirs,
With due respect, we, the undersigned representatives of Darfur civil societies,
submit to you this statement for your consideration. The undersigned Darfur
civil societies consist of the following bodies: internally displaced persons (IDPs),
women, youth, students, media personnel and lawyers from the Darfur Bar
Association.

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Join our Campaign to Tell the United Nations #HRC27 that #Sudan Needs Stronger Human Rights Monitoring

(12 September 2014) Between Monday 15 September and Friday 19 September, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS), Human Rights Watch, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and partners are running a twitter campaign highlighting human rights violations around Sudan and calling members of the UN Human Rights Council at its 27th session to take seriously the deteriorating human rights situation in Sudan.

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Stop the Bombardment of Innocent Civilians in Darfur, Nuba Mountains/South Kordofan and Blue Nile

“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” (Elie Wiesel)

(8 September 2014) Expressing our alarm and concern with the ongoing bombardment, loss of innocent lives and destruction of properties and livelihood in Darfur, and Nuba Mountains/South Kordofan and Blue Nile, where the government of Sudan has dropped over 3,000 bombs since April 2012.

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Three Years On: Resilience in the Two Areas

(8 September 2014) To mark the third anniversary of the resumption of civil war in Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains/South Kordofan, Sudan Democracy First Group is today launching a campaign to draw attention to the conflict’s effects on civilian communities. The campaign includes a series of posters calling for an end to the government of Sudan’s (GoS) aerial bombardment of civilians in areas under rebel control and the schools, hospitals, mosques and churches servicing them. Throughout the month, SDFG will release other campaign materials, including videos, drawings produced by children affected by the conflict, a booklet comprising the narratives of women victims, and briefing papers, all of which document the harsh living conditions Sudanese affected by war continue to face within the country and in refugee camps. "The GoS has recently agreed to open humanitarian corridors to relieve citizens of the Republic of South Sudan displaced by conflict in their country, and sent supplies to the victims of Israeli bombardments in Gaza," noted SDFG executive Director Dr. Suliman Baldo. "But who will relieve the suffering of the Sudanese who find themselves behind rebel lines or who have been forced from their homes?"

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Human Rights Update: August 2014

Attacks on civilians in opposition held areas of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile continued in July and August 2014, with five incidents reported in July and eight in August. The attacks killed two people, injured five, killed 60 animals and damaged property and crops.

Refugees from Blue Nile in camps in Maban County, South Sudan were caught up in renewed violence, which caused aid disruptions and widespread fear in the camps.

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Sudan: Those behind unlawful killings and torture of protesters must be brought to justice

(3 September 2014) The brutal suppression of protest in Sudan must end, and members of the security forces responsible for killing, injuring, and torturing protesters must be held to account, said Amnesty International and the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) in a report published today.

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An invitation to participate and sign for detainees release in Sudan

(Cairo, 2 September, 2014) The Arab Coalition for Sudan (ACS) and the Arab Network for Media Crisis (ANMC), expresses their deep concern about the fate of a number of detainees arrested for political reasons, several numbers of innocent civilians, under the pretext of their being members of the armed movements, have been arrested after each military operation between the government's army and the armed movements in Darfur, South Kordofan and the Blue Nile. Similar campaigns have been waged by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) in a number of Sudan's states, particularly, the state of Khartoum. Some of the detainees were referred to the judiciary on charges punishable by death, whilst some are still under detention without trials. Among those arrested: politicians, journalists, students and human rights activists from various civil society organizations. Detainees included some women. And as a result of physical and psychological cruel torture, the health conditions of some detainees had deteriorated, leaving them in need of health care; whilst their relatives were not even able to visit them to reassure about their health conditions.

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Arab Coalition for Sudan and the Arab Network for Media Crisis Inaugurate the (90) days campaign to collect signatures for the release of detainees... under the slogan "Freedom is a right not a gift"

(Cairo, 2 September 2014) The Arab Coalition for Sudan (ACS) and the Arab Network for Media Crisis (ANMC) launched the (90) days campaign to collect signatures for the release of all political detainees, to drop charges against convicted on political issues in Sudan, under the slogan "Freedom is a right, not a gift," which starts from the beginning of September until the end of November.   They called on all human rights activists, regional and international organizations to join this campaign, as well as they called on all Sudanese citizens at home and abroad to join that campaign to put pressure on the Sudanese government so as to release detainees.

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Mass arrests reported in Kalma Camp

The Sudanese Human Rights Network (SHRN) had received perturbing news about a campaign of mass arrests amongst resident of El Salam camp for the displaced in Nyala, South Darfur; the arrests are schemed and executed by a joint security force. This cruel campaign, has detained about 70 people from El Salam camp, many of them were released a few days later while the others were taken to an unknown destination.

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More than 127,000 Sudanese Refugees are at Risk of Massacre in Camps in South Sudan Eruption of Violence in Maban, Upper Nile, Targets Humanitarian Aid Workers

(6 August 2014) On 3 August, the security situation in Maban County in Upper Nile State, in South Sudan, has deteriorated. The capital city Bunj, has witnessed sporadic bouts of killing and shelling over the past three days. The violence threatened the lives of over 127,000 Sudanese refugees from Blue Nile, spread over four camps in Maban. In addition, thousands of humanitarians aid workers and civilians of South Sudan have faced the armed violence.

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NGO Letter Regarding Human Rights Situation in Sudan at the 27th session of the Human Rights Council

To Permanent Representatives of member and observer states of the UN Human Rights Council.

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Arab Coalition for Sudan and the Arab Network for Media Crisis call for a broad front to defend freedom and protect journalists

(Cairo, July 24, 2014) Arab Coalition for Sudan (ACS) and the Arab Network for Media Crisis (ANMC) condemn the brutal assault against Osman Mirghani, the editor- in -chief of Atayyar newspaper.The attack was carried out by an armed group driving two four wheel drive cars that stormed the newspaper headquarters and attacked him till he lost his consciousness. Mr. Mirghani was transferred to the hospital later.

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Weekly Report Brief: Sudan … armed conflicts and environmental risks

(July 21, 2014) Fifty percent of the Sudanese people lives below the poverty line, which amounts to 15 million of Sudanese citizens; says the scaring statistics declared by United Nations. Yet that is natural due to the internal wars plaguing across the country. The state budget has become a war budget, whereas expenditure of security alone represents more than 50% of the whole budget, and the repercussions of the conflict led to homelessness, displacement, high cost of living, downtime in agricultural areas; not to mention the spread of corruption at the highest levels.

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Weekly Report Brief: SPLM-North alliance with Hilal and
the unfulfilled dialogue frustrates Doha

(July 14, 2014) In an attempt to broaden its political and military alliances, the Sudan
People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Sudanese Revolutionary Awakening Council (SRAC) led by Hilal, the leader of Mahameed tribe. In the meantime an undisclosed tension between Doha and Khartoum was contained during the two days’ visit of Sudan’s president to Doha. President Omar Al Bashir, discussed a number of issues with his counterpart Emir of Qatar, particularly; the national dialogue in Sudan. Meanwhile, the Sudanese authorities released some political prisoners and kept the others.

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The Arabic Network for Media Crisis denounces the continuous
detention of Hassan Essaq

(Cairo, July 3, 2014) The Arab Network for Media Crisis denounces the continuation of detention of Hassan Isaac by the Sudanese authority and expresses its deep
concern over his being brutally tortured by the police; it also confirms the authorities’ responsibility for his safety.

Isaac (31) years old was arrested by the detective police on the tenth of June, from inside El-Nihud city market and during his performance of his duties as a journalist. He was detained and interrogated after the publication of an interview with Ibrahim El-Sheikh, the leader of the Sudanese Congress Party, following a field visit he carried out with the members of his party to residents in North and South Kordofan States, whereas he accused the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) of looting, killing and spreading of fear and anxiety among civilians, which has resulted in his detention.

Read the full statement (English, Arabic).

 

 

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Action Professionals Association for the People

Aegis Trust Rwanda

African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies

African Center for Development

African Center for Justice and Peace Studies

Africa Internally Displaced Persons Voice (Africa IDP Voice)

African Security Dialogue and Research (ASDR)

African Women's Development and Communications Network (FEMNET)

The Ahueni Foundation

Alliances for Africa

Amman Centre for Human Rights Studies

Andalus Institute for Tolerance

Anti-Slavery International

Arab Coalition for Darfur

Arab Program for Human Rights Activists

Association Africaine de Defense des Droits de l'Homme (ASADHO)

Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies

Centre for Minority Rights Development (CEMIRIDE)

Centre for Research Education and Development of Freedom of Expression and Associated Rights (CREDO)

Citizens for Global Solutions

Conscience International

Conseil National Pour les Libertés en Tunisie

Darfur Alert Coalition (DAC)

Darfur Centre for Human Rights and Development

Darfur Leaders Network (DLN)

Darfur Reconciliation and Development Organization (DRDO)

Darfur Relief and Documentation Centre

East Africa Law Society

Egyptian Organization for Human Rights

Femmes Africa Solidarité

La Fédération Internationale des Droits de l'Homme (FIDH)

Forum of African Affairs (FOAA)

Human Rights First

Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA)

Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa

Institute for Security Studies

Inter-African Union for Human Rights (UIDH)

Interights

International Commission of Jurists (ICJ Kenya)

International Refugee Rights Initiative

Justice Africa

Justice and Peace Commission

Lawyers for Human Rights

Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections

Legal Resources Consortium-Nigeria

Ligue Tunisienne des Droits de l'Homme

Makumira University College, Tumaini University

Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)

Minority Rights Group

National Association of Seadogs

Never Again International

Open Society Justice Initiative

Pan-African Movement

Pax

Rencontre Africaine Pour la Defense des Droits de l'Homme (RADDHO)

Sierra Leone STAND Chapter

Sisters' Arabic Forum for Human Rights (SAF)

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP)

Sudan Organization Against Torture (SOAT)

Syrian Organization for Human Rights

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)

Universal Human Rights Network

WARIPNET

Women Initiative Nigeria (WIN)

 
 
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