On 29thJune 2020, while Mr. Ahmed Hassan Jadalla was grazing his cattle at Gardod Zaharaa, unknown people shot him dead and looted eight of his cows. When other herdsmen heard the gunshots, they run towards the scene only to find Mr. Jadalla dead and some of his cows missing. They took his body to Elfaid Um-Abdalla where he was buried by his family members as they have reported the murder case against anonymous at Elfaid Um-Abdalla police
(06 May 2020) On 27th April 2020, Rapid Support Force (RSF) in Damazin of Blue Nile State re-arrested Mr. Edriss Elbur and detained him at RSF office. He was released the following day after interrogating and torturing him.
Mr. Edriss Elbur Ahmed is 40 years old, a trader, social and political activist.
HUDO is very concerned about the situation of civilians in conflict areas and calls upon the Sudan government to take urgent action.
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Sudan’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic must include everyone, including those forced by internal insecurity to flee their homes.
(20 April 2020) African Center for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) is deeply concerned about the potential impact that COVID-19 could have on the already vulnerable thousands of Sudanese internally displaced persons (IDPs). The Sovereign Council together with armed resistance movements must work together to find solutions to contain the outbreak. We call upon the Sovereign Council and Sudanese armed movements to urgently come up with an agreed action plan designed to protect internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the conflict zones of Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan from the spread of COVID-19.
The action plan that provides for equal distribution of health care services across the country must be included in the Sudanese National Emergency Action Plan against COVID -19 under supervision of the Federal Minster of health. The Sovereign Council must also coordinate with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to ensure that Darfurian refugees in Eastern Chad and across the Sudanese boarders are also protected from the threat of COVID-19 especially now that countries bordering Sudan have confirmed cases of COVID-19.
It is vital that international support to the government is urgently stepped up to meet the massive needs. This must include funding for measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 and to promote the inclusion of IDPs in national preparedness and responses efforts. UNHCR is already working with the government, sister UN agencies and non-governmental organizations to implement various actions including creating awareness amongst IDPs in camps and informal settlements about hygiene and physical distancing.
Sudan is one country in the African continent that has witnessed armed conflicts for decades since her independence. First there was the civil war between the North and the South (now South Sudan) followed by uprisings in the regions of Darfur, and the states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan. As a result of these wars, thousands of Sudanese remain displaced and live in neighboring countries or in displaced people’s camps within Sudan. As of July 2019, Sudan had 1.86 million IDPs. Already disadvantaged by their displacement, these IDPs are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 due to living in overcrowded conditions, lack of proper sanitation, inadequate access to clean water and decent healthcare. We therefore call on Sudanese authorities to ensure that IDPs are able to access health facilities and services in a non-discriminatory manner.
Sudanese authorities must also ensure that IDPs are included in national plans to combat COVID-19, including access to reliable information. Without critical information about the coronavirus, IDPs may not only risk spreading the infection, but find themselves in violation of new policies. We further call on authorities to strengthen health care systems in the host communities to ensure that the pandemic does not have disproportionate impacts on certain individuals or groups of people.
ACJPS would also like to call upon the United Nation African Union Peace Mission in Darfur to support the efforts of the Federal Sudanese Minster of Health by surrendering sites that are no longer in use for usage by the health ministry.
We urge all the rebel groups to allow the Ministry of Health to access areas under their control (Darfur regions, Blue Nile and south Kordofan) so they can provide health services to various communities.
Mossaad Mohamed Ali, Executive Director, African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies . (English, Arabic, Swedish): +46727712782
This call to action was first published by the African Centre for Peace Studies
(February 13, 2020) On 29thJanuary 2020, one PDF soldier shot at a gathering of civilians, killed two people and injured other three at Abu-Kershola. The shooting incident was a vengeful act. The case was reported at Abu-Kershola police office against him (PDF soldier) but no further action was taken by police.
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(21 January 2020) On 14th January 2020, Mr. Musa Jar-Elnabi was shot dead by three masked men in Elfaid UmAbdalla for unknown reason. A case was filed at Rashad police office against anonymous. On 14th January 2020 evening hours, Mr. Musa Jar-Elnabi was driving his motor/ tuktuk back home with his young brother (underage/ child) in Elfaid Um-Abdalla. As he was approaching his home (a few meters to home) he was stopped by three armed and masked persons on motorbike. Immediately after stopping, one of them shot at him three times (bullets) in his chest. The three men ran away with their motorbike after shooting. The dead body was taken by the family members to Rashad town where a postmortem was done and a case was filed/reported at Rashad police office against anonymous. But the child (young brother) expressed that he can recognize the attackers.
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(07 January 2020) Al-Sanadra case was concluded and the verdict was made. But, two fugitives who were later arrested have been on trial. One of them is tried in AlAbbasiya and one is tried in Khartoum. Therefore, this report is about the trial in Al-Abbasiya. Twenty four (24) court sessions were held between 28th January 2019 and 4th November 2019. Justice/ Abduelelah Fadul Jad-Elseid delivered his verdict (judgment) on 4 th November 2019 at Al-Abbasiya town court of South Kordufan/ Nuba Mountains. The lawyer of the complainants (the accusers) is Mr. Omer Daifalla and the defendants’ lawyer is Mr. Elsagadei.
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(5 March 2019)ACJPS has received information indicating that National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) has released 51 detainees arrested for their actual or suspected involvement in the popular protests in Sudan. Those released include 14 journalists, 16 human rights defenders, 14 political activists, 2 doctors and 5 students. They were detained in various prisons since protests broke out on 19 December 2018 across Sudan.
(4 March 2019) Ten years ago today, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a historic first arrest warrant against Omar Al-Bashir, sitting President of Sudan, for his alleged responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Darfur, a region that has been in conflict since 2003. At the time, the scale and gravity of the crimes had prompted the international community’s commitment to hold those responsible accountable by the Security Council referring, for the first time, the situation to the Prosecutor of the ICC. Over the past ten years, however, there has been nothing but lost opportunities for victims to obtain truth, justice and reparation, while the individuals suspected of bearing the most responsibility of the gravest crimes committed in Darfur are getting off scot-free.
(10 October 2018) On 4th October 2018, a community leader was shot dead by suspected military intelligence (MI) members in Umbrambeta town of South Kordufan/ Sudan. The reason is not known yet.
(October 2017) The Arab Network for Crisis Information condemns the confiscation of the Sudanese authorities Saturday, October 14, 2017 from the newspaper “Al-Jarida” after printing it from the printing press because of the publication of an opinion article by the writer Al-Fatih Jabra in the previous issue of confiscation, which was followed by the authorities to drain the resources of the newspapers and bankruptcy. The Arab Network for Crisis Information rejects this behavior by the Sudanese authorities represented by the National Security and Intelligence Service.