URGENT ALERT: Use of excessive force to disperse gatherings in Gedaref

On Sunday, May 3, 2020, forces affiliated to the Ministry of Interior, represented by the Rescue and Operations Police in the city of Gedaref; the capital of Gedaref State in Eastern Sudan, used excessive force to break up a protest gathering by a number of citizens in front of the Zakat building in the Gedaref Market.

The Sudanese Human Rights Group (Huqooq) monitors in the city of Gedaref stated that “There was a protest by a number of women in front of the Zakat building because the office was late in handing them their financial dues (seven thousand Sudanese pounds) that they were promised previously. Police forces intervened and dispersed the protest using batons and tear gas”.

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NHRMO: SK-BN Human Rights Update Sept. – Dec 2019

(14 January 2019) This report covers the period October – December 2018 under the unilateral ceasefires declared by each of the two opposing forces, the Sudan government and the SPLM/A-N. The NHRMO is not aware of any ceasefire extension by either party since 31 December 2018.

In July 2018, the Sudan government issued a decree extending the unilateral ceasefire in Southern Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur until 31 December 2018. On 28 November 2018, on behalf of SPLM/A-N, Lieutenant General Abdalaziz Adam Alhilu extended the cessation of hostilities from 1 November to 31 December 2018.

National Human Rights Monitors Organisation: Special Human Rights Update: Violations of the cessation of hostilities in Nuba Mountains / South Kordofan and Blue Nile states of Sudan

(September 2018) This special update covers the period from June 2016 to July 2018 and focuses on the SPLM/A-N controlled areas of Nuba Mountains/Southern Kordofan (SK) and Blue Nile (BN) states of Sudan. 

For over two years now, since mid-2016, there has been a fairly effective cessation of hostilities in place in SK and BN. The decisive step taken to cease fighting and stop over five years of regular aerial bombardments was first declared by Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir on 16 June 2016 and then subsequently extended several times on a unilateral basis by the belligerent parties (SPLM/A-N and the government of Sudan), in parallel fashion, whenever their respective unilateral ceasefires are about to expire. 

However, despite the cessation of hostilities, human rights violations, have continued to be committed, mainly by the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and allied militias or paramilitary forces though admittedly at a lower rate.

South Kordofan Blue Nile: Coordination Unit Humanitarian Update, August 2018

(August 2018) Like elsewhere in Sudan (IFRC, 13 Aug 2018, FEWSNET, 31 Aug 2018), heavy and erratic rains have affected the planting season (June – August) in South Kordofan and Blue Nile. The rains were also followed by a dry-spell and pest infestation (birds and insects). This, in combination with seed shortages, have affected the early growing season and it is already having serious consequences on the growing season of long-term sorghum in both areas. Based on this current situation, poor crop production is expected this year. Long maturity type sorghum which is commonly planted has failed in most of the areas. Previously, communities in Blue Nile relied on quick maturing sorghum planted in September and October for the main lean season but with no seeds available and exhaustion of the early maize and sorghum crop, the lean season of 2019 is likely to be early and food insecurity situation worse next year. 

HUDO: 6th Update of the Al Sanadra Case

(12 December 2017) The court session was held on Wednesday 6th December 2017 at 11:40 AM before Justice/ Abdeen Hamid Dhahi at Khartoum North court. All parties attended except the prosecutors, though one of them joined later. The session’s main activities were the investigator’s final submission and the cross examination by the lawyers. At the end, the judge announced that the next court session will be on 13th December 2017.

ACJPS: Update: Four newspapers continue to face post print censorship as Sudanese authorities repeatedly prevent the distribution of their daily print runs

(3 December 2017) Officials of the National Intelligence and Security Services have continued to subject newspapers to post-print censorship of 6 newspapers, the NISS has continued to prevent the distribution of daily print runs of 4 newspapers who had been subjected to repeated censorship in November.