U.S. suspends invitation to senior Sudanese official over row with Juba

Sudanese presidential assistant and vice chairman of ruling National Congress Party Nafie Ali Nafie

Sudanese presidential assistant and vice chairman of ruling National Congress Party Nafie Ali Nafie

June 20, 2013, (WASHINGTON) – The United States informed the Sudanese government that its invitation to presidential assistant and vice chairman of ruling National Congress Party (NCP) Nafie Ali Nafie is on hold following Khartoum’s decision to freeze cooperation agreements with South Sudan.

This month the Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir ordered his government to shut down the pipelines that transport the oil produced in landlocked South Sudan to export terminals in Port Sudan for it to reach international markets. Continue reading

Opposition party says Sudan’s NCP using poverty & unemployment as weapons against people

A boy from the Darfur region makes mud blocks in Khartoum September 17, 2011. Many people in Darfur live in slums outside Khartoum and try to make a living by selling mud bricks or performing other small jobs. photo:- REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A boy from the Darfur region makes mud blocks in Khartoum September 17, 2011. Many people in Darfur live in slums outside Khartoum and try to make a living by selling mud bricks or performing other small jobs. photo:- REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

March 9, 2013:- KHARTOUM – The National Umma Party (NUP) of al-Sadiq al-Mahdi rapped the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) saying that its policies led to propagation of poverty across Sudan.

Nageeb al-Khair Abdel-Wahab, the NUP spokesperson, said that the NCP has dragged its feet on creating an anti-poverty strategy which was part of the stipulations of the 2000 Millennium Development Goals. Continue reading

Sudan says all journalists freed as reporter details torture in detention

Photo of Sudanese journalist Anwar Awad who was arrested and allegedly tortured following his attempts to cover anti-government protests - source: www.sudaneseonline.com

Khartoum

The head of the government-controlled Union of Sudanese Journalists (USJ), Mohi Al-Din Titawi, announced on Monday that all journalists arrested in a crackdown during weeks of protests in the country have been released.

Titawi told Sudan’s official news agency, SUNA, that the country’s prisons are now free of journalists. He called on journalists to observe “nationalistic responsibility”.

Many local journalists as well as hundreds of activists were arrested during a violent government response to weeks of protests fueled by worsening economic conditions. Sudan also expelled a foreign journalist for covering the protests which petered out during the holy month of Ramadan.

This week the government released the great majority of those detained, but activists say some still remain behind bars while one activist was freed on the condition that he leaves the country. Continue reading

Head of Sudan’s communist party dies

Leader of the Sudanese Communist Party Mohamed Ibrahim Nugud - Reuters

KHARTOUM:– Mohamed Ibrahim Nugud, secretary general of Sudan’s Communist Party (SCP), has died in London from an inoperable brain cancer, party officials said.

In Khartoum, the SCP leadership met to decide on arrangements for flying his body from the Britain and is expected arrive no later than Sunday. Hundreds of mourners flocked to his home in Khartoum upon hearing the news.

The 82-years old politician took over from Abdel-Khalek Mahjoub who was executed by ex-president Ga’afar Nimeiri in the aftermath of the brief SCP-backed coup in 1971 along with a large number of the party’s leadership. Continue reading

Al-Mahdi urges prevention of war between Sudan, South Sudan

Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, head of the Umma Party - REUTERS PICTURES

A Sudanese opposition leader has called on the international community to preclude a return to war between Sudan and South Sudan, saying that whichever side starts such war should be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, leader of the opposition National Umma Party (NUP) and former Prime Minister of Sudan, made the call in a sermon he delivered following Friday’s prayer in Sinjah town, the provincial capital of Sennar State in central Sudan.

The already tense relationship between Sudan and South Sudan has plummeted in recent weeks due to failure in addressing an array of issues arising from the secession of the South and mutual accusations of supporting rebel groups. Continue reading

Turkish hostages freed in Darfur

A volunteer from Kimse Yok Mu, a Turkish Charity, presents an aid package to a refugee Sudanese family in South Darfur - 29 November 2010 / MINHAC ÇELIK, NYALA

KHARTOUM:– Five Turks held hostages for five months in Sudan’s western region of Darfur have been freed and flown to Khartoum on Thursday, according to multiple sources.

The five, who work as engineers, were kidnapped along with six Sudanese workers from Um Maharik area, 25 km north of El Fashir, the capital of North Darfur State, Sudan’s official news agency SUNA said.

The kidnapping was not reported at the time neither by the Sudanese or Turkish authorities.

SUNA said that the kidnappers are from the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), a claim that could not be independently verified by Sudan Tribune as JEM officials were not immediately available to comment. Continue reading

Chinese official holds rare meeting with Sudan’s SPLM-N leaders

Chinese workers who escaped after being abducted arrive at Khartoum Airport January 30, 2012 - Reuters

KHARTOUM:– The Chinese ambassador to Addis Ababa Xie Xiaoyan met on Monday with the chairman of the Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) Malik Agar and its Secretary general Yasir Arman to discuss the release of workers kidnapped over the weekend during clashes with Sudan Armed Forces SAF.

In a statement released by SPLM-N, ambassador Xiaoyan and two other officials who attended the talks were instructed by Beijing to follow up on the situation relating to the missing workers employed by Sinohydro Corporation Ltd. that is constructing roads in South Kordofan.

It was not clear from the press release where the meeting took place. Last year, Sudan has asked the Interpol to issue Red notices for Arman and Agar so that they are arrested abroad on charges of rebelling against the state and disturbing peace. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE: Sudan army officers warn Bashir & Hussein against rush to war with south

FILE - Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir (C) and Defense minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein (L) salutes at a military function in Khartoum - AFP

A group of 700 military officers from Sudan’s Armed Forces (SAF) confronted president Omer Hassan al-Bashir and his defense minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein with several demands that focused on military and political reforms, Sudan Tribune is told.

Multiple army sources who all spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue said that the officers included those stationed in the Sudanese capital Khartoum and other parts of the country.

The message was delivered last week to Bashir and Hussein during their briefing sessions with SAF senior army officers who listened to the pair calling on them to prepare for the possibility of a full-scale war with South Sudan.

But the sources said that the SAF officers at the briefing were all but appalled at the prospects of heading to war with Sudan’s southern neighbor given the state of the military at this point.

The officers called on Bashir and Hussein to urgently address the challenges faced by the SAF emphasizing that the army has been unable to decisively overcome the rebels in the border states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan. Continue reading

South Sudan shuts down its oil production countrywide

A Southern Sudanese soldier (R) stands next to crude oil reservoir tanks while a foreign Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Company (NPOC) oil worker walks by at a field processing facility in Unity State on November 10, 2010. - Getty

January 20, 2012 (JUBA) – The government of the Republic of South Sudan has decided to shut down all its oil production throughout the country in response to the action by Khartoum which confiscated the oil as it flows through North Sudan pipelines.

The resolution was passed today in the Council of Ministers meeting chaired by President Salva Kiir Mayardit. The minister of Petroleum and Mining, Stephen Dhiew, was directed by the Council to immediately workout the technicalities of shutting down the oil operations.

South Sudan said it has already lost hundreds of millions of dollars as Khartoum took over 3 million barrels of oil that passed through the pipeline to Port Sudan. Khartoum claimed that it confiscated the oil because of unpaid fees. Continue reading

Sudanese president headed to Libya, HRW says visit raises questions

Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir shakes hands with Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil (L) upon his arrival at Khartoum Airport November 25, 2011 - Reuters

January 6, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir is flying to Tripoli on Saturday in his first visit since the fall of the Libyan regime led by late leader Muammar Gaddafi, diplomatic sources in Khartoum told Sudan Tribune.

Sudan’s state media has not made any official announcement of the upcoming visit.

Bashir is the first head of state to be charged by the International Criminal Court (ICC) since its establishment in 2002. He faces ten counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide he allegedly masterminded in Sudan’s western region of Darfur. Continue reading

Arman downplays Sudan’s request for Interpol arrest warrant against him

Secretary General of the Sudan people Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) Yasir Arman - Reuters

January 3, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Secretary General of the Sudan people Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) Yasir Arman downplayed announcement by Khartoum that it will seek an Interpol red Notice for him among other figures.

The government sponsored Sudanese Media Center (SMC) said that request with Interpol has also been made for SPLM-N chairman Malik Agar. The decisions were made by a committee investigating the events in the Blue Nile state.

The military wing of the SPLM-N clashed with Sudan Armed Farces (SAF) last September in the Blue Nile state which had Agar as governor. The two sides exchanged blame over who started it. Continue reading

South Sudan president accuses Khartoum of stealing its oil

President of South Sudan Salva Kiir - AFP

January 2, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The president of South Sudan Salva Kiir accused the Sudanese government of stealing his country’s oil in a new sign of escalation between the two ex-foes.

In his New Year message to the people of South Sudan, Kiir said that Sudan taking the oil of South Sudan without any permission but provided no details.

Kiir described this as “looting in a broad day light” in his message published on the Government of South Sudan (GoSS) website. Continue reading

Khartoum University students protest against police & admin

Thursday’s protest at Khartoum University - ST

December 29, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – A massive student protest took place on Thursday inside the campus of Khartoum University against the background of last week’s events in which the Sudanese police entered the university twice and cracked down on students.

The genesis of the crisis dates back to Thursday, 22 December, when police forces entered the university and fired teargas to disperse a protest held inside by students affiliated to Al-Manasir, a riverine population displaced by the construction of a government dam upcountry, and others belonging to anti-government groups. Continue reading

Khalil Ibrahim is dead: Sudan army

December 24, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The spokesperson of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad announced that the leader of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) Khalil Ibrahim has been killed in the ongoing battles in Kordofan.

JEM spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

Earlier today the Sudanese authorities acknowledged that JEM has launched wide scale attacks for the second day in remote areas on the borders of North Kordofan state and North Darfur.

Sudan Tribune

Janjaweed leader calls for military action to protect Darfur peace

Musa Hilal addresses a crowd of villagers at his north Darfur home area in Mistiriyha, Sudan, May 10, 2005 - Reuters

December 19, 2011 (KHARTOUM) — A former Janhaweed leader called for a military action to protect the implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) in order to ensure its enforcement and end the over eight-year insurgency in western Sudan.

Musa Hilal, a notorious leader of the Arab Mahameed tribal clan in Darfur, was accused of committing atrocities against civilians during the counter-insurgency campaigns implemented by the Sudanese government during the years 20003-2005 in the region. Continue reading

Sudan downplays report of new ICC warrant, suggests it is not Darfur related

Defence Minister Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein

November 16, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government downplayed reports that the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will soon file a new case with the judges against defence minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein.

The Dubai-based Al-Arabiya TV said this week that the warrant will be requested by next week at the latest. No details were provided on the charges pressed against the top military official in Sudan.

There was no confirmation from the ICC on the report.

The Sudanese presidential adviser Mustafa Osman Ismail told reporters that such a move is an extension of a campaign targeting the country. Continue reading

South Sudan rebels reiterate calls to evacuate refugees from the border

Armed men near the north/South Sudan border - AFP/Getty

By Toby Collins

November 15, 2011 (LONDON) – The South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA), a rebel group in the new country, urged the UN refugee agency on Tuesday to evacuate 15,000 refugees from the Nuba mountains in north Sudan, who had settled in northern part of Bentiu, the Unity state capital.

In a statement released on Monday, the SSLA state if they are not contacted by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) by 20 November, “Operation Ending Corruption” will begin, with an attack on Benitu on 21 November.

The SSLA said that the UNHCR have ignored their previous statement encouraging them to leave. They claim that the refugees from across the international border in South Kordofan state, are “settled on the path that would be used by the SSLA to attack the town.” Continue reading

ICC prosecutor to request arrest warrant for Sudan defence minister: report

Sudanese Defence Minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein - Reuters

November 14, 2011 (WASHINGTON) – The prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) will soon request an arrest warrant for Sudanese defence minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein, the website of Al-Arabiya TV reported.

This will be the fourth case by the Hague-based tribunal on Darfur case since the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) referred the case to the ICC under a Chapter VII resolution.

The most high-profile case to date is that against Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir who has refused to recognize the court’s jurisdiction and vowed not to surrender any suspect. Continue reading

Khartoum accuses Juba of supporting new Sudan’s rebels alliance

SPLM-N leader Malik Agar - photo SPLM-N

November 12, 2011 (KHARTOUM) — The Sudanese intelligence service on Saturday accused South Sudan of sponsoring the meetings of a new rebel alliance, saying this support represents ’a clear declaration of hostility,’ against Khartoum.

The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N), the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), and the two factions of the Sudan Liberation Movement led by Abdel Wahid Al-Nur (SLM-AW) and Minni Minnawi (SLM-MM) announced the formal launch of a new rebel alliance called the Sudan Revolutionary Front -SRF.

The alliance of the rebel groups active in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan aims to overthrow the government of the National Congress Party by political and military means. They also warned they would hit the regime everywhere and not only in the regions where they are now. Continue reading

Lam Akol denounces rebellion, calls for multiparty democracy in S. Sudan

Lam Akol - AP

By Julius N. Uma

November 6, 2011 (JUBA) — Lam Akol, an opposition leader in South Sudan has strongly condemned the armed rebellions fighting against the government of the newly independent country, advocating for a multiparty democracy.

In his first public appearance since his return from Nairobi last month the leader of the opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – Democratic Change (SPLM_DC), said that the opposition and government should stop considering each other as enemies. The time was ripe, he said, for the two to engage in a dialogue to foster national unity. Continue reading