HUDO: Hafiz Osman Summoned by NISS in Roseires – Sudan

(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.

ACJPS: Violations against Immigrants: ACJPS’ Report on Illegal Immigration and the Violations Related to the Rights of Asylum Seekers in Sudan

(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.

African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies: Study on the war economy in Darfur: The cross-border automobile trade, January 2014 – March 2017

(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.

Harassment, threats and revocation of press licence against journalist Ahmed Abakar

(5 August 2018) On July 26, 2018, Alkarama, along with the Arab Media Crisis Network and the Arab Coalition for Sudan – ACS , requested the intervention of several UN experts in the case of Ahmed Abakar, a journalist who has been harassed, threatened and banned from working by the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS ). On May 5, and June 7, 2018, Abakar was summoned by the NISS and interrogated about two articles he wrote for the London-based newspaper Sharq Al Awsat , which focused on political divisions within the ruling party and the NISS’s seizure of a newspaper issue . On June 14, 2018, the NISS requested that the External Information Council of the Ministry of Information revoke Abakar’s press licence and press card, and banned him from working as a journalist and writer in the country. During and prior to these events, the NISS repeatedly threatened Abakar with being arrested, and told him that he would no longer be able to work as a journalist. 

SDFG:”Towards a Sudanese Humanitarian Vision on Violent Extremism”

(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