(26 June 2018) On 7th June 2018, the MI in Al-Abbasiya released Mohammed Awad Bakheit with severe torture scars and he is in a bad psychological condition. He was released after spending more than three months in solitary confinement.
(20 June 2018) One of the two scheduled court sessions was conducted on 6th June 2018 at Khartoum North court before Justice/ Abdeen Hamid Dhahi. The prosecutor was not present in court but all the other parties attended. Court was adjourned to 27th and 28th June 2018.
(19 June 2018)
- Food stock levels lower in Blue Nile than in 2017.
- Food prices likely to continue rising due to fuel crisis in Sudan.
- The Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, stressed the need for unhindered humanitarian access, including to areas controlled by non-state armed groups, during his visit to Sudan in May.
(3 June 2018) The four court sessions were scheduled for 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th May 2018 respectively. Only two of them were took place and the other two were postponed because the defendants’ panel failed to bring their witnesses. The court sessions were held at Khartoum North court before Justice/ Abdeen Hamid Dhahi and apart from the prosecutor all other parties attended. Court was adjourned to 5th and 6th June 2018.
(1st June 2018) Earlier this week, reliable sources have confirmed to Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG), that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is holding discussions within itself, for a new proposal regarding the status of the United Nations/African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), which will significantly decrease the mandate and scope of the mission’s work. The new proposal is intended to confine the mandate of the UNAMID to only the Jebel Mara area, with immediate effect. Moreover, it will significantly reduce the Human Rights and Monitoring responsibilities of the mission. Furthermore, the proposal includes the fast-tracking of the withdrawal plan of the UNAMID from Darfur and effectively closes all mission bases, apart from the one in Zalingi, the capital city of Central Darfur state. This accelerated exit plan aims to complete the withdrawal of the entire mission from Darfur within two years. This proposal emerged after the conclusion of a three days visit to Darfur, by a delegation from UNSC Member states from the United Kingdom, France, Sweden and the Netherlands, that commenced on the 10th May 2018.