(28 April 2018) The Sudanese civil and political circles and those concerned with the Sudan were shocked by the news that the management of Hurriyat online newspaper has decided to suspend the publishing of the newspapers due to financial reasons and lack of funding from donors.
(28 April 2018)
(25 April 2018) The absence of aerial bombardments and ground fighting has brought relief to the people of South Kordofan and Blue Nile but incidents of cattle looting by armed militias continue in the midst of serious drought, malnutrition and hunger.
(23 April 2018) Two court sessions were held on 11th and 18th April 2018 at Khartoum North court before Justice Abdeen Hamid Dhahi and were only attended by both lawyers’ panels. The two sessions were intended to be procedural for handing over the case file but it turned out that the same judge will continue to preside over the trial. The next court session is scheduled for 25th April 2018.
(18 April 2018) From 9 March – 2 April 2018, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) has documented a number of attacks perpetrated against civilian targets in East Jebel Marra in South Darfur state by the Sudanese Armed Forces, Rapid Support Forces and other government sponsored militias. The attacks took place in the villages of: Feina, Dalo, Dawa , Dolda , Libei, Sawani ,Rakoona, Fouli, Duwa, and Kidineer. At least 15,000 civilians have been displaced to the neighbouring mountains in each area. In the areas of Jawa, Seena , Feina , Dawa Sawani and Rakoona at least 23 civilians were killed and tens seriously injured, 12 villages were set on fire and burnt to the ground. The attacks were precipitated by fighting in Eastern Jebel Marra between the government forces and the Sudan Liberation Movement led by Abdelwahid (SLA-AW).
(April 16, 2018) This update highlights two points:
- The 2017 harvest, although better than last year, has not improved overall food security in the conflict areas.
- A joint assessment in March to Wadaka Payam, Blue Nile, revealed that displaced people rely on roots to survive and lack basic services.
On 5th March 2018, Mohammed Awad Bakheit was arrested by MI in Al-Abbasiya two days after the Kalenda murder incident. His whereabouts is unknown and he is suspected to be under torture.
(April 2018) Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG) is pleased to announce the launch of its new initiative, the Sudanese Initiative for Countering Violent Extremism (SICVE), which seeks to formulate a general strategy, based on a humanitarian vision, that address the phenomenon of violent extremism through research, studies, conferences and consultations with and among specialists in the field. This initiative is the result of numerous consultations and in-depth discussions among members of the Board of Trustees (BoT), the Executive Team and experts and researchers in this field. These discussions concluded that the phenomenon of violent extremism is one of the most important challenges facing Sudan, the region and the whole world. The discussion also realized that the efforts to confront this challenge in Sudan, the region and the world, have focused primarily on security, intelligence and military force entry points, in addition to some intellectual efforts that lack systematic, strategic linkages and trajectory. For all these reasons, SDFG launched the “Sudanese Initiative for Countering Violent Extremism”, with the objective to conduct a gap analysis and thorough researches and studies on the phenomenon, in hope to eventually present strategies with alternative narratives, to counter violent terrorism
(11 April 2018) The African Centre of Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) documented human rights violations associated with attacks on civilians that occurred in South Kodofan from January to March 2018. The Military Intelligence has continued to target civilians with arbitrary arrest and detention on basis of their perceived political affiliation with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North. ACJPS also documented the rape, at gun point, of a 20 year old by an officer of the Sudan Armed Forces and the killing of three civilians by two soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North.
(7 April 2018) The court session was held on 28th March 2018 at Khartoum North court before Justice/ Abdeen Hamid Dhahi. Apart from the prosecutor, all parties were present. During this session, three defending witnesses delivered their testimonies. The next court session is scheduled for 11th April 2018.