(18 February 2019) On 11 February 2019, NISS in Roseires summoned Mr. Hafiz Osman, interrogated him about the phrase/slogan written on walls and released him after.
On 11 February 2019, National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) in Roseires Town of Blue Nile State summoned Mr. Hafiz Osman Siid-Ahmed to their office. Mr. Hafiz was questioned for five hours about the fact that the phrase “just topple the regime” was written on many houses in his neighborhood.
(15 February 2019) On 14th February 2019, NISS in Kadogli released Altartar detainees who were held in policy custody/prison. Before their release, they were first addressed by the head of NISS.
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(October 2018) Before and after the secession of South Sudan in July 2011, Sudan was and still is one of the destinations for illegal immigrants and a crossing point for asylum seekers. Sudan’s common borders with Chad, Central African Republic, Congo, Uganda, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Egypt and Libya are used as crossing gates for citizens of numerous countries heading to their final destinations in Europe. 10% of those emigrants settle in Sudan, whereas 90% use it as a crossing point.
(1 October 2018) Sudan Democracy First Group releases its latest report that is titled (Tales of the Tombstones: The Discrimination Against Sudanese Students from Darfur in Sudanese Universities). The report researches and documents the extent and nature of the increasing violations against the Sudanese students descending from Darfur region in the Sudanese universities since the outbreak of the armed conflict in the Darfur in 2003.
The research report relied on a descriptive analytical approach and collected data through direct interviews with students from the region who had been subjected to abuses and violations, as well as interviews with lawyers and activists who are working in defending the rights of these students. The research team also reviewed the files of fifty-five legal cases before the courts relating to systematic violations against these students.
(October 2018) The proposed amendments of the Media and publication law extends restrictions to online media.
On 21 June 2018, Sudanese Ministers Council passed the proposed amendments of the 2009 media and publication law indoors. This makes it easy for the national assembly to pass it since the ruling party (National Congress party) has the majority of members in the Sudanese Parliament.
The amendment focuses on the following areas;
According to article 4 of the law, the media and publication council is granted jurisdiction over newspapers. Under Article 9, the power of the council to approve the licence of online newspapers is extended to include the online media.
(October 2018) During the reporting period (20 May 2017 to November 2017), numerous developments contributing to the deterioration of security took place in Darfur. Approximately 414 members of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militias and armed opposition movements were killed and 331 wounded. In May 2017, 234 members of armed movements were taken prisoner during clashes in East and North Darfur States despite the deployment of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid (UNAMID) in Darfur since 31 December 2007. During the reporting period, there were three attacks in South Darfur by RSF in the Hajar Tuwayni region, an ammunition depot belonging to RSF was blown-up and live ammunition was fired at displaced persons in the Kalmah camp resulting in 23 deaths (including four children) and 60 injuries (including 10 civilians). In addition, 43 leaders of the Ma‘aliya and Rizeigat tribes in East Darfur state were arrested under the state of emergency and transferred to prisons in Port Sudan, Red Sea State, Kober in Khartoum and North Khartoum State
Ceasefire has not ended abuses by government forces and pro-government militia
This report covers the period March – September 2018. Both sides of the conflict, the Sudan government and the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N), claimed to be respecting unilateral ceasefires throughout the reporting period.
(28 September 2018) Starting in 1989, the Sudanese economy began to lose its memberships in the major economic organizations. That came on the heels of efforts to implement what was called an Islamic economic system, although it was nothing but slogans for which the political Islam project could find no precedents for practical application. In addition, the economy suffered the impact of neglect of agricultural, pastoral and forest resources. Later, by the year 1997, the Sudan had come to depend on oil as a basic resource. Oil revenues were shrouded in secrecy under the control of an influential group within the ruling party. However, revenues were allocated to finance armed struggles against the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, and later against armed opposition movements in the Darfur region.
The Sudan started making efforts to meet the conditions of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2001. However, it quickly became evident that there were obstacles to the transition to a free market system. The situation remained as it was, without any serious efforts to overcome it, throughout the transitional period of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (2005-2011). After the separation of South Sudan in 2011 and the loss of oil revenues, forced attempts were made to eliminate subsidies for commodities in 2012, 2013 and 2016 in order to comply with IMF conditions. None of those austerity measures was accompanied by rehabilitation of depleted agricultural resources and forests.
(September 2018) Between January and June 2018, the NHRMO spoke to 238 people in the areas under the control of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army – North (SPLM/A–N) in Nuba Mountains/Southern Kordofan (SK) and Blue Nile (BN) states of Sudan which are also known as the Two Areas. The objective was to understand their perspectives on the current ceasefire (cessation of hostilities) in SK and BN.
This document is an attempt to project civilian perspectives in the Two Areas on the ceasefire issue in order to provide a platform for the unheard voices in these areas. As a result, it is hoped that these civilian perspectives will reach regional and international policy makers as well as other advocates for peace and people’s wellbeing in the Two Areas so as to bring pressure on the government of Sudan to improve the situation there.
(6 August 2018) Women have been pioneers throughout Sudanese social and political history. Tireless campaigns by female activists have helped women achieve their deserved recognition and go on to defend the human rights of others. At the turn of the twentieth century, Babikir Badri campaigned for women’s right to education and triumphed, laying the foundation for all subsequent activities by women in Sudanese public life. In 1946 and 1947, the Sudanese Women’s League and the Educated Girls Association were founded with the mission of using this education to improve women’s economic and social status; together, these two organisations evolved in 1952 into the influential and still-active Sudanese Women’s Union.