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UNHCR urges Sudan to stop deporting Eritreans

Jun 03 2016
Sudan
Source: 
New Vision

The UN refugee agency on Thursday urged Sudan, a key transit route for migrants bound for Europe, to stop "forcibly" deporting hundreds of Eritrean back to their country.

Many of those sent back were arrested as they tried to enter Libya from Sudan, with which the European Union is trying to work to manage the flow of migrants hoping to cross the Mediterranean.

UNHCR's concerns over "collective expulsions" of Eritreans came a day after Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the deported Eritreans were likely to face abuse from a repressive government in their country.

South Sudan presidency agrees to review 28 states

Jun 02 2016
Sudan
Source: 
Sudan Tribune

 In unexpected move which is described as a breakthrough, the South Sudan’s presidency has agreed to review the 28 states and come up with a recommendation on the number of new states within 30 days.Kiir, First Vice President, Riek Machar and Vice President, James Wani, at the presidential palace on Wednesday.

In a joint statement to the press by the two deputies after the meeting, a committee of 15 members will be constituted from all the parties to the August 2015 peace agreement and from the international partners to come up with recommendation on new states.

Sudan’s Bashir to attend regional summit in Mauritania in July

May 30 2016
Sudan
Source: 
Sudan Tribune

Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir would head his country’s delegation participating in the upcoming Arab League (AL) summit which will be held in the capital of Mauritania, Nouakchott in July, said Sudan’s state foreign minister

The Sudanese president visited Mauritania two times since the ICC issued the arrest warrants.Bashir is under two International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrants since 2008 for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes allegedly committed in Darfur.

South Sudan foreign minister meets Arab League representative in Juba

May 28 2016
Sudan
Source: 
Radio Tamazuj

The representative of the Arab League in South Sudan, Mohammed Munsif, confirmed their commitment to the return of stability in the country.

Munsif made this statement after a meeting with South Sudan foreign affairs minister Deng Alor on Wednesday.

He added that Egypt and Arab League are reiterating their commitment to the return of stability in South Sudan.

For his part, the minister of foreign affairs Deng Alor said it is important for South Sudan to have a relationship with the Arab League.

Sudan: Detained students face an 'increased risk of torture'

May 26 2016
Sudan
Source: 
Deutsche Welle

In April 2016, government security forces, including national security and riot police, clamped down on student demonstrations against the sale of Khartoum University buildings, as well as the earlier detention of protesters and a range of other issues at campuses across Sudan.

According to HRW, some have been held for more than a month in unknown locations without access to lawyers or contact with their families.

The Deputy Director for HRW's Africa Division, Leslie Lefkow, told DW that the victims were at increased risk of torture.

Sudan Detaining Dozens of Students After Protests

May 25 2016
Sudan
Source: 
Bloomberg

Sudanese authorities have detained dozens of students and activists without charge since protests erupted on university campuses in mid-April, Human Rights Watch said.

Security forces cracked down on the demonstrations in the capital, Khartoum, and other cities using tear gas, rubber bullets and, in some cases, live ammunition, the New York-based rights group said in a statement.

Sudan Opposition Leader Accepts Talks With Government

Jan 04 2016
Sudan
Source: 
Voice of America

A Sudan opposition leader said her party will honor an African Union invitation to hold talks in Ethiopia with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s government to discuss a national dialogue intended to resolve the country’s problems. 

A national dialogue launched last year by President Bashir is currently being held in Sudan. 

Mariam al-Mahdi, daughter of opposition leader Sadig al-Mahdi and vice president of the Umma party has been critical of the current dialogue because it is being held in what she calls, "an unfriendly environment." 

Sudanese opposition starts meeting in France

Nov 12 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Sudan Tribune

The opposition Sudan Call forces have started discussions on ways to coordinate their positions for the upcoming round of negotiations with the Sudanese government over a cessation of hostilities deal, preparing the way for their participation in the national dialogue.

In a statement extended to Sudan TribuneThursday, the opposition groups said the agenda of the meeting includes a review of the past activities and resolutions and the general framework for alternative policies.

High Court rules S Africa should have arrested Bashir

Sep 17 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Al Jazeera

South Africa's High Court has denied the government leave to appeal against a court ruling that it should have arrested Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during a recent visit.

The High Court on Wednesday rejected the government's bid to appeal the ruling that it had a legal duty to arrest the Sudanese president.

"We do not hold the opinion that the appeal has reasonable prospects of success at all," Judge Hans Fabricius said in the country's administrative capital Pretoria.

"The application for leave to appeal is dismissed with costs."

Turabi’s party reveals ongoing contacts to secure al-Mahdi’s return Sudan

Jul 28 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Sudan Tribune

 Sudan’s Popular Congress Party (PCP) led by Hassan al-Turabi has disclosed ongoing contacts with the exiled leader of the opposition National Umma Party (NUP) al-Sadiq al-Mahdi to convince him to return to the country.

The NUP leader left the country in August 2014 after a month in jail over remarks he made against the government militia known as the Rapid Support Force (RSF).

Bashir to meet with political leaders to discuss start of national dialogue

Jul 28 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Sudan Tribune

An official in Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) said on Monday that president Omer al-Bashir will hold a meeting with political party leaders next week to schedule the opening session of the national dialogue.

The head of the NCP political sector Mustafa Osman Ismail told reporters that his party did not seek to postpone the dialogue but that the debate took place within the dialogue’s 7 +7 mechanism on the date change.

Opposition’s PCP rejects new delay of Sudan’s dialogue

Jul 24 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Sudan Tribune

The opposition Popular Congress Party (PCP) expressed its opposition to a proposition by the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) to delay the national dialogue to next October saying they can no longer accept a new postponement.

NCP officials said last June they would launch the national dialogue after the end of Ramadan. But, some other members within the ruling party and some dialogue forces said it is better to delay it in order to persuade the holdout forces to take part in the process.

Sole the president has the privilege to appoint DRA chairman : Sissi group

Jul 23 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Sudan Tribune

The National Liberation and Justice Party (NLJP) headed Tijani al-Sissi underscored on Wednesday that the chairman of Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) is appointed by the president of the republic and chosen from the signatories of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD).

The NLJP was reacting to a statement by the Justice and Equality Movement of Bakheit Dabajo (JEM-Dabajo) Tuesday saying they would propose a candidate to the Sudanese president for the DRA chairmanship.

SPLM-N says it received no invitation for meeting with AU mediator

Jul 15 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Sudan Tribune

The rebel group of Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) denied media reports published in Khartoum claiming that the head of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) Thabo Mbeki invited the group’s Secretary-General Yasir Arman to travel to Addis Ababa for consultations.

SPLM-N spokesperson Ardol Mubarak blamed this report on a member of the Sudanese government negotiating team by the name of Hussein Karshum.

Sudan’s JPF chairman discusses return of NUP leader with presidential assistant

Jul 15 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Sudan Tribune

The chairman of the Just Peace Forum (JPF), al-Tayeb Mustafa, on Wednesday said he discussed with the presidential assistant, Ibrahim Mahmoud, the return of the opposition National Umma Party’s leader, al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, from his voluntary exile.

The NUP leader left the country in August 2014 after a month in jail over remarks he made against the government militia known as the Rapid Support Force (RSF).

Sudan’s dialogue opposition forces to meet with holdout parties

Jul 11 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Sudan Tribune

The chairman of the Just Peace Forum (JPF), al-Tayeb Mustafa, has announced that the opposition forces participating in the government-led dialogue formed a committee to convince the holdout political forces to join the process.

Mustafa also said the dialogue opposition parties would meet with the government parties soon in order to move the dialogue process forward.

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