Sudanese opposition has to take advantage of Bashir’s call for Russian protection: JEM

November 26, 2017 (PARIS) – The leader of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) Gibril Ibrahim has called on the Sudanese opposition forces to take advantage of recent statements by President Omer al-Bashir hostile to the U.S. and Gulf countries to topple down his regime.
“By his request for protection from Russia and the establishment of military bases to protect from the United States, al-Bashir has blown the efforts of his government staff to normalize relations Khartoum and (…)


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Sudan’s PCP criticizes al-Bashir remarks against the U.S.

November 26, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – The Popular Congress Party (PCP) has criticized recent remarks by President Omer al-Bashir against the U.S. saying it casts spiky shadows on Sudan’s foreign policy.
During his recent work visit to Russia, al-Bashir asked President Vladimir Putin to protect his country from the United States. He also accused Washington of planning to divide Sudan into five states.
Al-Bashir’s surprising statements came a month after President Donald Trump decided to repeal (…)


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New report shows how internet economy can benefit Africa

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle
November 26, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) – A newly-released report, entitled, “Promoting the African Internet Economy” has highlighted how the greater use of the internet and digitization of the traditional economy will spur economic growth in the African continent.
Many African countries, the report says, have made significant progress towards creating an Internet sector, with broad reforms that focus on increasing broadband availability.
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Over 170,000 benefit from IOM’s health services in S. Sudan

November 26, 2017 (JUBA) – At least 171,000 civilians and their host communities have benefitted from the recent expansion of HIV/AIDS services conducted by the United Nations migration agency (IOM).
“The expansion of services is a crucial development in South Sudan, where internally displaced persons, such as those living in the PoC [Protection of Civilian] sites, are among key populations that are considered to be at higher-risk of contracting HIV/AIDS,” said Salma Taher, IOM’s Global Fund (…)


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Sudan, UNAMID agree to form arms collection committee for South Darfur

November 26, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – The hybrid peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said an agreement has been reached to form a tripartite committee to collect illicit arms from IDPs camps in South Darfur.
In a press statement on Sunday, the Mission said UNAMID chief, Jeremiah Mamabolo, and the governor of South Darfur, Adam El-Faki on Thursday “announced their agreement to form a tripartite weapons collection committee for South Darfur state”.
“To be comprised of representatives from the (…)


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S. Sudan dialogue body urges release of political prisoners

November 26, 2017 (JUBA) – Members of South Sudan’s national dialogue committee have urged President Salva Kiir to release political prisoners to encourage reconciliation and forgiveness.
South Sudan has released about 30 political prisoners since Kiir declared amnesty in May to facilitate the national dialogue process, officials say.
“The steering committee is engaging the government to release all political prisoners, open up spaces for free media and freedom of speech and create an (…)


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President al-Bashir says U.S. plans to divide Sudan into five countries

November 25, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir reiterated his accusations against the United States of and accused Washington of planning to divide his country into five states.
Sudanese were surprised to hear al-Bashir on his first visit to Russia asks President Vladimir Putin to support his country against American plans against the Sudan.
Last October, Washington lifted economic sanctions on Sudan and the two countries engaged discussion on the removal of the east (…)


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U.S says Machar not excluded from S. Sudan’s peace process

November 25, 2017 (JUBA) – The United States embassy in South Sudan has described as “false” reports that the Troika had allegedly agreed to exclude the South Sudanese armed opposition leader, Riek Machar from the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) initiated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).
Last week, a senior armed opposition official claimed members of the Troika (the United Kingdom, US and Norway) decided to exclude the South Sudanese rebel leader from the (…)


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South Sudan’s High Court halts receiving cases, petitions

November 23, 2017 (JUBA) – The High Court in South Sudan has, in a new directive, instructed courts and advocates to not receive cases.
The notification takes effect from 1 December to 1 January 2018.
“The General Public and the advocates are hereby notify that from 1st December, 2017, the courts has directed to not receive cases and will start from 1st January 2018,” reads the 23 November, 2017 notice signed by High Court judge in Juba, Duoth Kulang Bichiok.
The public, in the notice, (…)


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South Sudan president decries rampant killings in Juba

November 25, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan president Salva Kiir has decried rampant and indiscriminate killings carried out by the unknown gunmen, ordering security organs to improve and tightened the current level of insecurity in the capital.
President Kiir said development situation over the past weeks has not been encouraging for the citizens, ordering the minister of national security, the defence and interior ministers to put extra efforts to improve the situation.
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EU, Khartoum process, blind-eye to human rights in Sudan

By Jehanne Henry
The European Union has pledged hundreds of millions of euros for the ‘Khartoum Process’, a multinational effort to manage migration from the Horn of Africa to Europe.
In Sudan, it supports a mix of development and humanitarian assistance – but also the country’s controversial border control and counter-trafficking and counter-smuggling operations.
The upcoming AU-EU Summit next week in Ivory Coast is an opportunity for the EU to renew its commitment to put human rights at (…)


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South Sudan rebels say defection of ex-Unity governor insignificant

November 24, 2017 (KAMPALA) – A senior official of the SPLM-In Opposition led by the former First Vice President Riek Machar, has downplayed defection of the former governor of Unity State Ruai Kuol Jal, adding that his resignation has no impact on the rebel struggle.
On Friday, Jal issued a statement declaring his resignation from Machar group’s and announced that he and other colleagues have decided to form a new armed group, the National People’s Alliance of South Sudan (NPASS).
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Sudan plans to attack IDPs camps in Darfur: SRF

November 24, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese Revolutionary Forces (SRF) led by Minni Minnawi has warned against government plot to attack the IDPs camps in Darfur under the pretext of the disarmament campaign.
Last August, the Sudanese authorities launched a six-month disarmament campaign to eliminate illegal weapons in the conflict-affected areas in Sudan, particularly in Darfur region.
On Monday, a joint government force raided Abu Zar camp for IDPs in West Darfur state as part of the (…)


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South Sudan halts issuing passports after production system shutdown

November 23, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan Friday has stopped issuing and renewing passports and other travelling documents after production system shutdown, sparking public outcry.
In place for more than three weeks, the government resorts to issuing travel permits as it is unable to process issue and renew passports, citing technical matters with production machine.
The Director-General for immigration, Lieutenant Majak Akec told Sudan Tribune on Friday that the department was experiencing (…)


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Logistics hampering disarmament in B. el Ghazal region: Governor

November 23, 2017 (WAU) – The governor of South Sudan’s Tonj state, Akech Tong Aleu said the ongoing disarmament process in Greater Bahr el Ghazal region faces logistical challenges, including mobility, food and other motivational needs.
Tong, who chairs the Greater Bahr el Ghazal state of emergency committee formed by President Salva Kiir two months ago, made these remarks while reporting on the security situation in the region.
“We have so many challenges facing our forces that are (…)


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SPLM-N Agar set up committee for dialogue with Arabe tribes

November 23, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North led by Malik Agar formed a committee to contact Arab tribal leaders in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states to reach a common vision that serves the unity of the social fabric and uniting the Sudan on new bases.
The SPLM-N Agar split earlier this year into two factions over the demand of self-determination by Nuba Mountains Liberation Council which backed the then Deputy Chairman of the rebel group Abdel Aziz al-Hilu (…)


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Paul Malong’s Saga: Losers’ desperation

By Lucy Ayak Malek,
For a woman used to living a simple private life, the situation of the past few months has really pushed me into a position where I have been confronted by very powerful people who operated in my husband’s world. When my husband was released last week, I hoped to get back to my quiet life with my family, but once again I find myself being forced to issue a public statement. First, I was compelled to write a public appeal to the President to plead for my husband’s release, (…)


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Sudanese security seizes printed copies of two newspapers

November 23, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese security service confiscated copies of al-Jarida and al-Tayyar newspapers from the printing house in the early morning of Thursday without providing an explanation.
Confiscation of printed copies is seen as an economic penalty on the press the security service decides when a newspaper publishes news or opinion articles criticising the government. But sometimes the measure aims to prevent publication of statements or disclosure of information on (…)


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S. Sudanese army and rebels clash, 25 killed

November 23, 2017 (JUBA)- At least 25 people were killed in fresh clashes between government forces and rebels in South Sudan’s South Southern Liech state, officials said Thursday.
The state information minister, Peter Makouth Malual said clashes erupted Tuesday between government forces the armed opposition forces loyal to the country’s ex-First Vice President Riek Machar and continued until Wednesday.
Malual said at least 20 rebels and five government soldiers were killed in the fighting, (…)


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Ugandan leaders warn against S. Sudan rebel recruitment

November 22, 2017 (KAMPALA) – Authorities in the Ugandan northern district of Kitgum have warned residents against the alleged recruitment of youth into rebel ranks in South Sudan.
The practice, a local district official said, was recently brought to their attention by the Ugandan Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF).
“We have been briefed by the army that because of the situation in South Sudan, some of our young people are being lured and recruited by elements from South Sudan,” Jackson Omona, (…)


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