US fines Egyptair for Sudanese leases

Alan Dron

11 January 2016

 

The US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has fined Egyptair $140,000 for leasing aircraft to Sudan Airways, in breach of sanctions against the latter nation.

The fine followed an investigation triggered by Egyptair having leased two Boeing 737-500s to Sudan Airways in 2010-11, breaching the US Export Administration Regulations. The lease was effectively a re-export of US airliners, the BIS said. Continue reading

Head of State Who Keeps U.N. Guessing in Annual Ritual

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 7 2015 (IPS) – As part of a politically-amusing annual ritual, the guessing game is on at the United Nations: will he, or will he not, address the General Assembly, along with more than 150 heads of state who are due in New York next month?

 Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who has been indicted on war crimes charges by the International Criminal Court (ICC), is reportedly toying with the idea of defying the international community once again – as he did in South Africa in June — and appearing before the U.N.’s highest policy making body when it begins its general debate, come Sep. 28.

This will be his third attempt to address the General Assembly, the last two being aborted. Continue reading

Suffering in silence, Sudanese refugees now migrating from Egypt

A man fishes from his boat as a group of migrants gathers on the seawall at the Saint Ludovic border crossing on the Mediterranean Sea between Ventimiglia, Italy, and Menton, France, June 14, 2015 - photo by REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A man fishes from his boat as a group of migrants gathers on the seawall at the Saint Ludovic border crossing on the Mediterranean Sea between Ventimiglia, Italy, and Menton, France, June 14, 2015 – photo by REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

August 2, 2015

SUMMARY

Egypt’s Sudanese refugee community looks to the Mediterranean as a way out of the intimidation and corruption they face in Egypt.

Author – Tom Rollins

CAIRO — Sudanese refugees are now thought to be the group leaving in the largest numbers from Egypt’s north coast this year.

According to the latest Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) data based on detention figures, since the beginning of the year, more than 650 Sudanese refugees and asylum seekers were detained for trying to leave irregularly, compared with around 330 Syrians. Continue reading

South Africa court bid to arrest Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir

A South African court has issued an interim order preventing Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir from leaving the country.

It says Mr Bashir will have to stay until the court hears an application later on Sunday on whether he should be handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

Mr Bashir is in Johannesburg for an African Union (AU) summit.

He faces ICC war crimes and genocide charges over the Darfur conflict.

The ICC has called on South Africa to arrest him. However he was welcomed by South African officials when he arrived in Johannesburg on Sunday. Continue reading

7 Things to Know About Sudan’s Elections

Gabe Joselow

April 12, 2015

KHARTOUM— Sudan begins voting Monday in general elections that will last three days.

The front-runner and really the only runner in the presidential poll is longtime strongman President Omar al-Bashir, who has been busy forming new alliances and facing down old enemies.

Here are seven things to know about Sudan’s elections. Continue reading

Sudan rights group says raided after opposition unity deal

KHARTOUM Sun Dec 21, 2014

Security forces raided the Sudanese Observatory for Human Rights on Sunday, just weeks after jailing its former leader, the monitoring group’s leader said, in what activists fear is a widening crackdown ahead of a presidential election in April.

 The government has increased pressure on political parties and civil society organizations that have expressed sympathy with armed rebels that it considers traitors.

 The former head of the Observatory was arrested this month after signing a largely symbolic unity deal with opposition parties and rebels.

 Sudanese authorities did not respond to calls and emails seeking comment. Continue reading

More Lies from UNAMID: False Representation of an Investigation of Mass Rapes at Tabit, North Darfur

Eric Reeves

6 November 2014

In the immediate wake of the UN’s whitewashing of UNAMID’s past failures to report, and prevent, atrocity crimes in Darfur (see below), the Mission has now deliberately and consequentially lied about an investigation of the rape of some 200 girls and women in the Tabit area of North Darfur. Tabit (13.313°N | 25.087°E) is some 30 miles southwest of el-Fasher, capital of North Darfur and the location of UNAMID headquarters. From el-Fasher UNAMID, were it willing, is capable of projecting all necessary military protection needed for the investigation of serious crimes committed at such a short distance. UNAMID has declared to various news agencies, including Reuters and Agence-France Presse, that their team sent to investigate this ghastly episode in unconstrained sexual violence was prevented from entering Tabit by Khartoum’s security forces. This not only bespeaks a crippled mission but is also deeply false. Continue reading

Sudanese hold Beirut protest over Nuba conflict

 Photo:- Sudanese nationals protest in front of the UNHCR offices in Beirut, Monday, July 21, 2014. The Daily Star/Mazen Sidahmed


Photo:- Sudanese nationals protest in front of the UNHCR offices in Beirut, Monday, July 21, 2014. The Daily Star/Mazen Sidahmed

21 July 2014

Mazen Sidahmed

BEIRUT: Around 50 people demonstrated outside the UNHCR office in Beirut Monday to raise awareness about the ongoing conflict in the Nuba Mountains in Sudan.

 The war in the Nuba Mountains has been ongoing since 2011, when Ahmed Haroun, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur, was elected as governor of South Kordofan in what residents believed to be a rigged election.

 His election was met with mass protests, which eventually led to locals clashing with the ruling National Congress Party. Continue reading

Witnesses: Sudan demolishes church in latest persecution of Christians

A Sudanese government force destroyed a church in Khartoum on Monday, witnesses said - CNN

A Sudanese government force destroyed a church in Khartoum on Monday, witnesses said – CNN

1 July 2014

A Sudanese government force destroyed a church Monday, ignoring the wails of nearby residents, witnesses told journalists working for CNN.

The attack came a day after authorities sent a letter saying they would demolish the church, priest Kuoa Shimal said.

Government sources did not immediately return calls from CNN.

Complaints about the predominantly Muslim country’s lack of religious freedom came under the international spotlight recently after Mariam Yehya Ibrahim, a Christian mother of two, refused to renounce her faith and was sentenced to death. After an international outcry, she was freed and reunited with her American husband. Continue reading

New Report: Janjaweed Reincarnate

Photos are from the report by:- UNAMID/Albert Gonzalez Farran

by Enough Team on Jun 26, 2014

The first six months of 2014 have brought devastating death and destruction in Sudan, on par with the height of the genocide in Darfur from 2003-2005. Despite the United Nations Security Council mandating that the Sudanese government disarm its Janjaweed militias a decade ago, it never did. Now, as the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor says, a new iteration of the Janjaweed have taken the country by storm. A new report by the Enough Project and Satellite Sentinel Project, “Janjaweed Reincarnate: Sudan’s New Army of War Criminals,” traces the movements of these fighters — newly trained, heavily armed, and re-branded as “Rapid Support Forces (RSF). Continue reading

EU expresses ‘great concern’ over tighter restrictions in Sudan

Alimam Alsadig Almahdi National Umma Party Leader and Imam of the Ansar

Alimam Alsadig Almahdi National Umma Party Leader and Imam of the Ansar

28 May 2014

KHARTOUM – The EU expressed “great concern” Wednesday over tighter restrictions in Sudan since ex-premier Sadiq al-Mahdi was detained in mid-May after reportedly accusing a counter-insurgency unit of abuses against civilians in Darfur.

President Omar al-Bashir appealed in January for a national political dialogue, and hinted at greater freedoms.

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South Sudanese killed by floods in Khartoum

Heavy rain and flash floods in Sudan

Heavy rain and flash floods in Sudan

14 August 2013:- The South Sudan Embassy in Khartoum revealed that 12 South Sudanese citizens living in Khartoum have lost their lives due to recent flooding in the city.

The Embassy’s Secretary for Information, Gabriel Akot Deng, said the humanitarian situation is bad for South Sudanese nationals stranded in Khartoum, mostly in the areas of Shajara, Haj Yousif, Jebel Aulia and Ombada.

In an interview with Radio Miraya, Deng said the Sudanese government has yet to extend assistance to South Sudanese affected by floods. Continue reading

More floods expected in Sudan after 53 die

A boy holds a goat out of flood waters as he makes his way to higher land on August 3, 2013, in Khartoum - AFP, Ebrahim Hamid

A boy holds a goat out of flood waters as he makes his way to higher land on August 3, 2013, in Khartoum – AFP, Ebrahim Hamid

Severe rains have led to flash floods in recent weeks, affecting thousands of people

 

15 August 2013

Khartoum:- More flooding is expected in Sudan, the country’s chief weather forecaster warned on Thursday, after severe rains have killed 53 people and affected about 200,000.

“According to our information there is heavy rain in Ethiopia, and we expect flooding in the coming days,” Abdallah Khiar told reporters.

Rains in Ethiopia feed into the Blue Nile river which runs to Khartoum, Sudan’s capital. Continue reading

Sudan Struggles With Worst Floods in Decades

 A Sudanese woman makes her way through flood water in Khartoum, Sudan, Aug. 6, 2013


A Sudanese woman makes her way through flood water in Khartoum, Sudan, Aug. 6, 2013

Lisa Schlein

15 August 2013

GENEVA — The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is appealing for nearly $1 million to provide emergency aid to thousands of flood victims in Sudan. These floods, considered to be the worst in decades, have taken the lives of at least 36 people and injured more than 90.

These are the worst floods to have hit Sudan since 1988. Early this month, heavy rains fell in the states of Khartoum and River Nile, causing flash floods and extensive damage there and in seven other states. Continue reading

Illegal Detention of Women Human Rights Defenders in the Midst of the Border Conflict of Sudan

Fri, 24 May 2013

Sudanese people inspired by the Arab spring, and led by women and youth, took the streets of Sudan demanding regime change in 2011. Authorities violently cracked down on these demonstrations, detaining more than 150 women, who were sexually abused or tortured, injured and beaten in the protests. Since June 2012, new protests against the Sudanese regime have intensified violence against women human rights defenders (WHRDs).[1]

By Katherine Ronderos

In January 2011, the people from South Sudan voted in favour of secession from Sudan in a referendum process granted by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). This agreement, signed in Kenya in 2005, was the result of a long process of negotiation between the Sudanese government and the Sudanese Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M) following 22 years of war. The official split between Sudan and South Sudan took place on 9th July 2011, in a peaceful way with widespread celebrations by South Sudanese people. Continue reading

Sudan authorities seize paper for reporting protest – source

Sudanese security authorities confiscated the Sunday edition of the independent newspaper Al Khartoum because it reported on an opposition protest, a source at the newspaper said.

On Saturday, police used teargas and batons to break up a protest by opposition party members calling for the release of politicians and activists who were detained after attending a meeting with armed rebel groups in Kampala this year. Continue reading

McFarlane’s apartment searched for Sudan lobbying

By FREDERIC J. FROMMER, WASHINGTON:— The FBI has searched the apartment of former Reagan administration national security adviser Robert McFarlane for evidence of whether he lobbied on behalf of the government of Sudan in violation of federal law.

A search warrant on file in U.S. District Court in Washington shows agents seized items this month including handwritten notes about Sudan and White House documents with classification markings up to Top Secret.

It is against the law for Americans to do business with Sudan because of its alleged support for international terrorism and human rights violations, among other things. Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, has been charged by the International Criminal Court with genocide and other crimes during the deadly conflict in Sudan’s western Darfur region. Continue reading

Thousands of Darfur refugees flee to Chad: UN

Sudanese refugees at the Djabal refugee camp in southern Chad near Gozbeida on March 15, 2009 - AFP/File, Philippe Huguen

Sudanese refugees at the Djabal refugee camp in southern Chad near Gozbeida on March 15, 2009 – AFP/File, Philippe Huguen

N’DJAMENA — Around 12,500 Sudanese refugees fleeing inter-ethnic violence in the troubled Darfur region have crossed into Chad over the last four weeks, the UN refugee agency said Saturday.

“For around a month (the border town of) Tissi has registered a huge influx of Sudanese refugees from the Darfur region” said Aminata Gueye, the representative for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Chad. Continue reading

‘Sudan still using army, militias to target Nuba Mountains civilians’ –report

SOUTH KORDOFAN:- Marking “20 months of war in South Kordofan”, a human rights organization released a report depicting the political and humanitarian situations in the state, including in the Nuba Mountains. The results provided are based on the agency’s own observations on the ground, but also on local reports and on information gathered from various sources.

“The government of Sudan is still using its national security, military, police and tribal militias to oppress and violate peoples’ rights targeting unarmed citizens, detaining and killing them. Continue reading