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Human Rights Update: April 2015
Deadly attacks in Southern Kordofan as Sudan votes

As Sudanese in Khartoum and other parts of the country went to the polls on 13-16 April civilians in Southern Kodorfan were not only excluded from the vote, they faced continuing government attacks. Over the three days of the elections, civilians faced 12 separate aerial bombardments and shelling attacks. The grim situation in Southern Kordofan is a grim reminder of the lack of credibility of the elections.

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“Your silence is a shame to humanity.”

Dirty bombs in East Jabal Marra and the RSF continued killing and looting the Civilians in Darfur - 14th and 15th April 2015

East Jabal Marra -Dofta village/East of Fanga rea - 14th April

A group of the Rapid Support Forces came to Dofat market and bought some meat from two (2) butchers named (Mohamed Suleiman Musa and Mohamed Abdo-alkareem). When the butchers asked for their money, the RSF opened fire killing the two butchers and walked away.

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“Your silence is a shame to humanity.”

(21 April 2015) A new report launched today by the International Refugee Rights Initiative and the National Human Rights Monitoring Organisation brings the voices of civilians living through the conflict in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan State to the international community.

Focusing on the devastating impact of the conflict on every aspect of people’s lives, the report highlights the extraordinary resilience and resistance of the civilian population. Inevitably, however, this resilience is also being worn away by the continuing onslaught.

Read the full press release.
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Urgent Appeal - The Observatory

(21 April 2015) The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Sudan.

Description of the situation: The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment of Mr. Adil Bakheit, member of the Board of Trustees of the Sudan Human Rights Monitor (SHRM) by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS). Mr. Bakheit, a human rights trainer, also played an important monitoring role during the 2010 elections and 2011 referendum in Sudan.

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Sudanese human rights defender detained on baseless charges and others at risk after armed raid on Khartoum training centre

(18 April 2015) Sudanese human rights defender Adil Bakheit is at risk of a politically motivated trial on baseless charges, including under the category of ‘crimes against the state’ that carry the death penalty, after his laptop was confiscated during an armed raid on the Khartoum-based TRACKS for Training and Human Development. Officers from Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), armed with guns, raided the training centre on 26 March whilst it was hosting a training session on social responsibility. Participants were accused of discussing the boycott of the upcoming General Elections. Property, including four laptop computers and the central computer server, was seized. Two members of staff and a filmmaker present during the workshop have been summoned by the NISS and interrogated on a number of occasions since the raid. Adil Bakheit, a well-known independent human rights trainer, was summoned and charged by the State Security Prosecution Office on 16 April, three weeks after the raid and seizure of his laptop.

Read the full statement.

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In memory of Osman Hummaida, Sudanese human rights champion, 1962-2014

(17 April 2015) Today marks the one-year anniversary since the untimely passing of Osman Hummaida, Founding Executive Director of the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS), friend and mentor to countless human rights defenders around the world.

Osman worked tirelessly in support of human rights and social justice in Sudan and across Africa. He believed strongly in the principles of human rights and international justice, and was at the forefront of campaigns to build and support strong African regional human rights mechanisms. He was instrumental to the campaigning that led to the referral of the situation in Sudan’s Darfur region to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the eventual issuance of an arrest warrant against Sudanese President Omar Hassan al Bashir for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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Sudan’s Electoral Period Marred by Arrests and Incommunicado Detention; insecurity in Darfur

(17 April 2015) Sudan’s national general elections began on 13 April 2015. Scheduled to end on 15 April, they were extended one day by the National Elections Commission (NEC) to account for low voter turnout.

In the days leading up to and during the elections and the voting period, ACJPS documented a number of violations, apparently aimed at restricting the ability of independent groups and activists to voice dissenting political views from those of the ruling party. Activists affiliated with Irhal (Go!), a campaign established by the opposition coalition, the National Consensus Forces (NCF), calling on supporters to boycott the elections, have been subjected to arbitrary arrest and ill-treatment by security forces.

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Humanitarian Update - March 2015

While the first three weeks of March were relatively calm, the last week witnessed an notable increase in aerial bombardment and shelling in South Kordofan causing significant displacement and damage to livestock, food and tree crops. A new wave of ground fighting has reportedly caused the displacement of over 20,000 civilians from the front-line areas. Consistent with previous trends, bombing in March appeared to be directed towards civilian targets, such as farms, food stocks and schools, including the New Sudan Primary School in Heiban Payam, but did not cause any human casualties. At the end of the month/beginning of April, the IDPs living in caves in the Tunguli area were targeted, causing the death of seven people. SPLA North military attacks employing a mobile force and aimed at undermining the April elections and depleting government resources, have reportedly provoked civilian casualties and displacement from Government held locations in South Kordofan.

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Civil Society dismay at decision to deploy observation monitors to Sudan elections

(13 April 2015) We, the undersigned Sudanese and African civil society organizations, write with deep concern about the decision of the African Union Peace and Security Council to send an observation mission to monitor the 13 – 15 April 2015 Sudanese general elections, in direct contradiction to the recommendations of the African Union’s
own pre-elections assessment mission.

Read the ful letter (English, Arabic).

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Detentions, civil society closures, media restrictions on eve of Sudan elections

(12 April 2015) Sudan’s national general elections will begin on 13 April 2015. For the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), “there is no prospect of open, transparent free or fair elections in Sudan whilst independent civil society groups, human rights defenders, political activists and journalists are at such a high risk of arbitrary detention for voicing dissenting views and whilst conflict rages in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile states”.

The electoral process has been rejected by nearly all mainstream political opposition parties on the basis that it is not genuine, inclusive or aimed at reaching a national consensus. Instead, in the run-up to elections, brutal repression against dissenting voices has considerably increased: political opponents, journalists, and human rights defenders are being targeted by the regime more than ever. In the conflict areas of Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan, mass atrocities continue to be perpetrated against civilians. Additionally, the electoral process has been marred by a number of procedural irregularities and will take place amidst a fragile political environment.

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South Kordofan and Blue Nile Coordination Unit Protection Report1 #5 - 2015

(12 April, 2015) For the SPLM-N controlled locations in the Two Areas, the month of March in terms of civilian protection incidents has been somewhat subdued when compared to the previous three months. No deaths were reported in March 2015 and 20 civilians were reported to having been injured as a result of aerial bombardment or shelling.

However, the intensity of military attacks that affected civilian locations in SPLM-N controlled areas increased near the end of March and into the first week of April, resulting in 17 civilian deaths and 12 persons injured between April 4 and 7th. Shelling from the SAF garrison in Dilling town into Al Kuk village on April 6th killed 9 people from the same family, including a one day old baby, and children of ages 2, 5, 10, two of 13, 15 and 18 years as well as a 23 year old adult. Bombs dropped near a local grinding mill in Tunguli, Dalami County, on April 7th killed 7 people; two women, two students and two young children, and a elderly man was seriously injured and then died while being transported to a distant hospital. The grinding mill which provides a critical service for the local population was also destroyed.

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Public opinion poll reveals discontent in Sudan

The findings of a public opinion poll conducted in Khartoum State and released today by the Sudan Consortium showed a high level of discontent with the state of the economy, governance and services in Sudan.

Based on a survey of 782 households, the survey covers public opinion on the socio-economic situation in the country, security, the problems facing the country, emigration, local service, corruption and the National Dialogue process. When asked about the problems facing the country, respondents identified economic issues first with the most popular two answers being increasing prices and inflation and poverty. Respondents also identified corruption, poor services, and armed conflict and geographic, ethnic and political division in the country.

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Human Rights Update: February -March 2015

(9 April 2015) As elections in Sudan approach in April 2015, the conflict in Southern Kordofan is being drawn in to the political debate. President Bashir had promised that all wars would be ended by the end of 2014 and that the elections would be held in a peaceful environment. The continuation of the war, among other factors, is undermining international confidence in the elections. At the same time, rebels have threatened to stop the elections in Southern Kordofan and have claimed that their recent offensives have been undertaken in an effort to support election boycotts.

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Letter to African Union on Elections

(27 March 2015) We, the undersigned Sudanese, African and Arab civil society organizations, wish to thank and commend the efforts of the African Union and its various organs under your leadership to bring about a lasting, comprehensive peace to Sudan. We reiterate our support for the proactive stance of the African Union in ensuring that the root causes of Sudan’s crises are addressed.

Read the full letter (English).

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A Study of The Sudanese Voluntary and Humanitarian Work Act 2006

This report provides an analysis the different aspects of the Sudanese Voluntary and Humanitarian Work Act 2006 in comparison with Ethiopian, Egyptian and English Law. The method of research chosen was a comparative study of Laws. The English Law was chosen as a standard democratic law from a stable country in which to compare the Sudanese Voluntary and Humanitarian Work Act 2006 with reference to the Sudanese constitution, as well as, comparisons with two neighboring countries laws- Ethiopia and Egypt. Roundtable discussions were also conducted with members of Sudanese Civil Society Organizations, in order to understand their experiences on how this Act is implemented; their contributions were then incorporated into this report. The findings show that the Sudanese Voluntary and Humanitarian Work Act 2006 is used by the government to suppress Sudanese Civil Society. It is found to be unconstitutional because it deprives citizens of their right to associate and assemble. It is also found that implementation of the Act varies according to the whim of whoever is in control. It must be stated that this report has limitations due to difficulty of access to information regarding laws related to the HAC. This is because of the nature of secrecy surrounding all security related matters in Sudan.

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Humanitarian Crisis in Sudan’s Two Areas and Darfur: March 2015

For civilians in many parts of Sudan, 2015 has already brought rising hostilities, mass displacement, and a deepening food crisis. The conditions are such that hundreds of civilians are fleeing across the Sudanese border to refugee camps in Unity State, where South Sudan’s civil war is still raging. They have made the judgement that the risks of remaining in Sudan, where they would continue to be subjected to intense aerial bombardment and shelling of civilian areas, and unsustainable livelihoods, were greater than any risks they might encounter in the conflict zone across the border.

Civilians in the ‘Two Areas’ – Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile – have suffered from nearly four years of uninterrupted conflict that has internally displaced 1.7 million people, roughly half of the population. Meanwhile, the conflict in Darfur has thus far internally displaced 2.5 million, and has resulted in over 4.4 million civilians requiring humanitarian assistance, a level rarely exceeded in the history of the twelve year conflict. Both conflicts have seen civilians systematically targeted with regular reporting of killing, rape, destruction of property and community infrastructure, and loss of livelihoods.

Read the full briefing:
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Statement on the Sudanese elections scheduled for April 2015

(5 March 2015) The Sudanese government has announced that it is intent on holding legislative and presidential elections in April 2015. This, despite repeated calls for their postponement by opposition political forces and independent civil society until such time when peace is secured and the national dialogue, which the government itself had announced and that potentially could lead to national consensus around the Constitution and how the country should be governed, might take place. Moreover, the National Elections Commission (NEC) announced it had completed preparations for the elections and set the schedule for all stages. It also announced that several regional and international actors have expressed an interest in monitoring the elections.

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African Commission should call on Sudan to release prominent activists facing stiff penalties in national security trial

(20 February 2015) Africa’s main human rights body should call on Sudan to ensure the prompt release of two well-known activists who face an unfair trial on 23 February 2015 on charges that carry harsh penalties including life imprisonment, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS), REDRESS, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) said today.

The four human rights organisations submitted a complaint today to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), asking it to take up this case, during its meeting in Banjul, The Gambia, which began on 19 February 2015. The African Commission is charged with monitoring the implementation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights to which Sudan is party.

The complaint concerns distinguished human rights defender Dr. Amin Mekki Medani, former Chairperson of the Sudanese Human Rights Monitor (SHRM), and Mr Farouq Abu Eissa, a political activist who is the Chairperson of the National Consensus Forces, an umbrella of political opposition groups in Sudan.

Read the full statement (English).

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Sudan Human Rights Monitor Issue 27: December 2014 – January 2015

The Monitoring Report provides a detailed account of human rights violations documented by the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) including a rise in freedom of expression, association, and assembly violations in January 2015. Press censorship continued and restrictions on independent civil society surged. The National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) raided the Sudanese Human Rights Monitor in late December and the Registrar of Cultural Groups ordered the closures of the Mahmoud Mohamed Taha Centre and the Sudanese Writers’ Union in January. The monitoring report also covers incidents of arbitrary arrest and excessive use of force against students at Red Sea University in Port Sudan, Kassala University in Kassala, and at the University of Bahri in Khartoum.

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Human Rights Update: December 2014 – January 2015

During the months of December 2014 and January 2015, Southern Kordofan (SK) saw a significant increase in the number of bombings and shellings, indicating that the dry season offensive continues to escalate. The number of bombings in December was almost double the number recorded in November, and in January the number increased further. Although the number of attacks was less than the number in the same months a year ago, the number of casualties was higher. The number of deaths more than tripled between November 2014 and January 2015, and in January 2015 alone the number of injuries reached the highest level since the monitoring began.

Not only have the attacks been severe in the number of casualties that they have produced, they have also caused significant property damage, with 49 animals reported killed and dozens of houses destroyed.

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Rights groups welcome African Commission’s decision to uphold complaint of human rights defenders tortured in Sudan

(19 February 2015) The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the World Organisation against Torture (OMCT), the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) and REDRESS welcome the decision Africa’s main human rights treaty body has made which recognises Sudan’s obligation to protect human rights defenders and to ensure that their work promoting and protecting the rights of others is not hindered or frustrated.

In an important decision published on 13 February 2015, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) called on Sudan to effectively investigate and prosecute the security and intelligence officers alleged to be responsible for the arbitrary arrest, torture and ill-treatment of three prominent human rights defenders; to reopen and unfreeze the bank accounts of a human rights organisation shut down in connection with the case and to pay them compensation.

Human rights defenders Monim El Jak, Amir Suliman and the late Osman Hummaida were targeted for their supposed cooperation with the International Criminal Court in a pending case against the President of Sudan Omar Al Bashir arising from international crimes committed in Sudan’s Darfur region.

Read the full statement (English).

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Arab League official expresses his concerns over detention of Abu Eissa and Madani by the security authorities

An official from the League of Arab States (LAS) expressed his grave concerns over the arrest of two famous Sudanese figures:  D. Amin Mekki Madani, chairman of the Confederation of civil society organizations and the former UN envoy for human rights in the Middle East and North Africa, and Farouk Abu Issa, the chairman of the National Consensus Forces (NCF) , LAS official promised also to discuss these issues with officials in LAS in order to communicate with the Sudanese authorities to release them as well as other political Sudanese detainees.

Also in the context of the ACS campaign, to release political detainees, D. Abdelatif Obaid, the Assistant Secretary for LAS in Tunis, talked to Abdel Moneim Alhur, the representative of the ACS in Libya, about his deep concerns over the arrest of Mr. Madani, Mr. Abu eissa and other detainees and prisoners, by the Sudanese authorities. Mr. Alhur discussed with Mr. Obaid, the situation of public freedoms in Sudan, the continued arbitrary arrests, storming into universities and suppression of protests, pointing out that 200 citizens lost their lives in violence in 2013 due to the use of excessive force to disperse the demonstrators. He further referred to the killings and displacement of civilians in South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur.

Read the full press release (English).

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Weekly Report Brief: Failure of negotiations between the government and the movements leads to military escalation

(December 14, 2014) Immediately after the collapse of the "stalled" negotiations between the delegations of the Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM/North) on the Blue Nile and South Kordofan, in conjunction with the failure of Darfur negotiations, fighting has renewed heavily in the state of South Kordofan. The news of battles between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), and the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) forces, were covered in all Sudanese newspapers with media
escalation from SAF's spokesperson and minister of defense.

Read the full brief (English).

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Urgent statement: Arab Coalition for Sudan and the Arab network reject constitutional violations against some journalists

In a strange phenomenon of its kind, the Sudanese Minister of Energy,
Makkawi Mohamed Awad, summoned the journalist Murtada Ahmed, from
(Alahramsd) newspaper, to interrogate him over publishing a story about the
intention of the Ministry of Energy to free natural gas prices. A similar
incident had taken place by the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, Issa
Bushra, who summoned 15 journalists of those who cover the Parliament's
news. The investigation was about publication of mass resignations from the
cleaning company, entrusted with cleaning services at the parliament and
due to suspension of their salaries.

Read the full statement (English).

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Urgent statement: ACS condemns the arrest of political
leaders and human rights activists

The Arab Coalition for Sudan (ACS) condemns in strong language the arrest
of: D.amin Makki Madani, the lawyer and the international expert in human
rights fields, who is one of the founders of the ACS, Farouk Abu Issa, the
chairman of the oppositional National Consensus Forces (NCF), Farah Agar,
who is the head of the peace organization, development and reconstruction
goals, and a leader in the national forces for change, as well as his assistant
Mohamed Dodo, by the security authorities. The detention took place over
their signing of ' Sudan call' document. ACS also expresses its deep concern
for the health conditions experienced by those detainees.

Read the full statement (English).

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Sudan detains political activists and human rights defenders to silence criticism

(10 December 2014) Sudan has detained two prominent public figures on their return from political negotiations held in Addis Ababa between Sudanese political and armed opposition groups. A large number of personnel from the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), arriving in six vehicles, arrested Dr. Amin Mekki Medani, (m), 76 years of age, and Farouq Abu Eissa, (m), 78 years of age, from their homes in Khartoum just before midnight on Saturday, 6 December. Although their families were not informed of the reasons for the arrests, the men were detained after signing the “Sudan Call” on 3 December in Addis Ababa. The “Sudan Call” is a political document that commits signatories “to dismantle the one-party state regime and replace it with a state founded on equal citizenship through daily popular struggle”. Dr. Amin Mekki Medani, a prominent member of civil society and human rights lawyer, signed the document on behalf of a group of civil society actors. Mr. Farouq Abu Eissa, 78 years of age, signed on behalf of the Sudanese Consensus Forces – an umbrella of political opposition parties – in his capacity as Chairperson of that group.

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Sudan Call: Political Declaration on the Establishment of a State of Citizenship and Democracy

(3 December 2014) Cognizant that Sudan is sliding towards an abyss as a result of the policies of the regime, which came to power in the June 1989 coup, and divided the country and waged wars; imposed a single identity; spread hatred, animosity, and contempt for the other; subjected certain ethnic groups to genocide; drove millions into refugee and internal displacement camps; caused the secession of South Sudan; destroyed the economy by damaging productive projects and national wealth; propagated corruption; ruined the health and education sectors, the environment and national institutions; constricted citizens’ means of livelihood, driving them to emigration or unemployment; passed and enforced laws which demeaned and degraded the dignity and rights of Sudanese women and men; removed institutions providing democratic checks and balances and oversight; cracked down on the media and free expression in all its forms; placed our country under international scrutiny and opprobrium through 62 international resolutions with the country’s leadership charged before the International Criminal Court (ICC), in addition to a host of other policies that continue to push the country towards more division and total destruction.

Read the full declaration here (English, Arabic)

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Arrest of the President of the Sudan Human Rights Monitor (SHRM)

(Paris-Geneva-Kampala, 7 December 2014) The Sudanese authorities must release immediately Dr. Amin Mekki Medani, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, an FIDH-OMCT joint programme, and the African Center for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) said today. The health and physical integrity of the human rights defender must be guaranteed by those who detain him.

On the evening of December 6, 2014, the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) arrested Dr. Amin Mekki Medani, a renowned human rights activist, President of the Sudan Human Rights Monitor (SHRM) from his house in Khartoum.

Read the full press release (English).

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Human Rights Update: November 2014

In Southern Kordofan, the pattern of increased aerial bombardment, which began in late October, continued. Fifteen incidents of aerial bombardment were recorded in the first 15 days of November alone,1 reinforcing the belief that the increase in attacks is tied to the onset of the dry season. In Blue Nile, a number of bombing of civilian areas were also recorded.

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Human Rights Update: October 2014

The month of October saw a dramatic fourfold increase from the previous month in bombings in Southern Kordofan, particularly at the end of the month as the rains eased and the dry season approached. A total of 20 bombings were recorded by the monitors, with six bombings recorded in the last five days of the month. 

The bombings in October were concentrated primarily in one geographic area, that of Delami County. Not only did thirteen of the bombing incidents occur there, but six of these incidents targeted just two villages. 

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Violations in the Nuba Mountains

Violations in the Nuba Mountains began to escalate with the end of the rainy season and the increase of the security and military presence. Several incidents occurred

Read the full report (English, Arabic).

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Condemnation of the arrest of journalist Al-Nour Ahmed Al-Nour

Arab Coalition for Sudan (ACS) and the Arab Network for Media
Crises (ANMC) condemn the arrest of journalist Al-Nour Ahmed Al-Nour,
the correspondent for “Al-Hayat” newspaper in Khartoum and the former
editor-in- chief of “Alsahafa” newspaper. Al-Nour was arrested on the
background of a news story in which he alleged that the president has issued a
decree about merging of electricity companies.

Regardless of the validity of the news or not, the judgment in similar cases is
not the competence of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS),
as it is not the affected party by the publication of such news and where it is
well known that, the aggrieved should resort to the judiciary system, not to
mention that procedure by NISS is a blatant violation to Sudan’s constitution
and laws as well as it is a flagrant violation to human rights charters signed by
Sudan.

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statement:  ACS condemns recent arrests and calls for continuation of the 90 days campaign

National Intelligence and Security Services apparatus (NISS) continued its harsh campaign of systematic arrests of human rights activists, politicians and students in the states of Khartoum and Southern Kordofan, since the beginning of this month. The most prominent and brutal attack was against female students from Darfur inside a students’ residence in Khartoum university, in the second day of Eid al-Adha, they were evicted by force in a barbaric behavior beyond the law and contrary to the customs, morals and benign Sudanese values.

A joint force of police and security forces with support of the "notorious" Rapid Support Forces broke into the students’ residence in order to evacuate it, as implementation of the unjust resolutions of privatization of educational institutions, which creates caste discrimination amid the students. The use of sticks, batons and tear gas resulted in large injuries amid the students, while the security forces arrested more than 30 students, three of whom were released, reported that they have experienced brutal torture, sexual harassment, obscene and racial abuse by the security elements.

Read the full statement (English, Arabic).

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Human Rights Update: September 2014

The month of September was relatively calm in Southern Kordofan as the third year anniversary of outbreak of violence in Blue Nile passed. This calm, however, is widely seen as temporary and the continuation of attacks on civilians, statements by the government of Sudan that they are planning to continue offensives in the area and reports of troops massing in Blue Nile are all contributing to a continuing climate of fear.1 The Sudanese Armed Forces and the allied Rapid Support Forces (RSF) remain deployed close to populated areas and many are wary of tending to, and harvesting, their crops for fear of renewed government action.

On 8 September 2014, three rocket shells were fired from the Altamor area at the village of Allabou Fatah in Um Dorein. There were no casualties as a result of the attack, but the shelling did damage farms in the area. On September 29, 2014, there were two bombing incidents in Delami County in Southern Kordofan. The attacks in the villages of Mardis and Umethan did not cause any causalities, but they did damage to farming activity.

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In the anniversary of September 2013 uprising, Sudanese regime continues its crackdown on freedoms

(24 September 2014) During this month that witnesses, the first anniversary of the glorious uprising of September 2013, during which more than 200 martyrs of peaceful demonstrators were killed in the streets of Khartoum and other Sudanese cities, Sudanese ruling regime continued its crackdown on political and civil liberties

While the military campaign and air strikes against civilians in the three Sudanese war zones continued, the storming of the IDP camps escalated, as happened two weeks ago in Kalma camp incursion by government militias. During this incursion, 8 civilians of the population of the camp were killed. In the same month, the regime executed the death sentence against two detainees of the “Justice and Equality Movement” .

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FIDH and ACJPS: Sudan: One year after the September 2013 bloody repression victims still await truth and justice

Paris, Kampala, 22 September 2014 – Tomorrow, 23 September 2014, will mark the one year anniversary of the outbreak of demonstrations in cities throughout Sudan. These were sparked by the lifting of fuel subsidies the day before, and were met by Sudanese authorities with excessive force, including live ammunition, leading to the deaths of at least 185 people. Hundreds of people were detained, many without any charges ever being brought, and numerous activists were tortured and otherwise ill-treated. FIDH and ACJPS reiterate their call upon regional and international human rights bodies to condemn abuses and ensure investigation and justice.

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Statement on the situation of Human Rights in Sudan

To: Chairperson and Members of Human Rights Council (HRC), Sudan.

Dear Sirs,
With due respect, we, the undersigned representatives of Darfur civil societies,
submit to you this statement for your consideration. The undersigned Darfur
civil societies consist of the following bodies: internally displaced persons (IDPs),
women, youth, students, media personnel and lawyers from the Darfur Bar
Association.

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Join our Campaign to Tell the United Nations #HRC27 that #Sudan Needs Stronger Human Rights Monitoring

(12 September 2014) Between Monday 15 September and Friday 19 September, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS), Human Rights Watch, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and partners are running a twitter campaign highlighting human rights violations around Sudan and calling members of the UN Human Rights Council at its 27th session to take seriously the deteriorating human rights situation in Sudan.

Read the full announcement here.

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Stop the Bombardment of Innocent Civilians in Darfur, Nuba Mountains/South Kordofan and Blue Nile

“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” (Elie Wiesel)

(8 September 2014) Expressing our alarm and concern with the ongoing bombardment, loss of innocent lives and destruction of properties and livelihood in Darfur, and Nuba Mountains/South Kordofan and Blue Nile, where the government of Sudan has dropped over 3,000 bombs since April 2012.

Read the full letter.

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Three Years On: Resilience in the Two Areas

(8 September 2014) To mark the third anniversary of the resumption of civil war in Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains/South Kordofan, Sudan Democracy First Group is today launching a campaign to draw attention to the conflict’s effects on civilian communities. The campaign includes a series of posters calling for an end to the government of Sudan’s (GoS) aerial bombardment of civilians in areas under rebel control and the schools, hospitals, mosques and churches servicing them. Throughout the month, SDFG will release other campaign materials, including videos, drawings produced by children affected by the conflict, a booklet comprising the narratives of women victims, and briefing papers, all of which document the harsh living conditions Sudanese affected by war continue to face within the country and in refugee camps. "The GoS has recently agreed to open humanitarian corridors to relieve citizens of the Republic of South Sudan displaced by conflict in their country, and sent supplies to the victims of Israeli bombardments in Gaza," noted SDFG executive Director Dr. Suliman Baldo. "But who will relieve the suffering of the Sudanese who find themselves behind rebel lines or who have been forced from their homes?"

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Human Rights Update: August 2014

Attacks on civilians in opposition held areas of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile continued in July and August 2014, with five incidents reported in July and eight in August. The attacks killed two people, injured five, killed 60 animals and damaged property and crops.

Refugees from Blue Nile in camps in Maban County, South Sudan were caught up in renewed violence, which caused aid disruptions and widespread fear in the camps.

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Sudan: Those behind unlawful killings and torture of protesters must be brought to justice

(3 September 2014) The brutal suppression of protest in Sudan must end, and members of the security forces responsible for killing, injuring, and torturing protesters must be held to account, said Amnesty International and the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) in a report published today.

Read the full report (English, Arabic).

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An invitation to participate and sign for detainees release in Sudan

(Cairo, 2 September, 2014) The Arab Coalition for Sudan (ACS) and the Arab Network for Media Crisis (ANMC), expresses their deep concern about the fate of a number of detainees arrested for political reasons, several numbers of innocent civilians, under the pretext of their being members of the armed movements, have been arrested after each military operation between the government's army and the armed movements in Darfur, South Kordofan and the Blue Nile. Similar campaigns have been waged by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) in a number of Sudan's states, particularly, the state of Khartoum. Some of the detainees were referred to the judiciary on charges punishable by death, whilst some are still under detention without trials. Among those arrested: politicians, journalists, students and human rights activists from various civil society organizations. Detainees included some women. And as a result of physical and psychological cruel torture, the health conditions of some detainees had deteriorated, leaving them in need of health care; whilst their relatives were not even able to visit them to reassure about their health conditions.

Read the full statement (English, Arabic).

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Arab Coalition for Sudan and the Arab Network for Media Crisis Inaugurate the (90) days campaign to collect signatures for the release of detainees... under the slogan "Freedom is a right not a gift"

(Cairo, 2 September 2014) The Arab Coalition for Sudan (ACS) and the Arab Network for Media Crisis (ANMC) launched the (90) days campaign to collect signatures for the release of all political detainees, to drop charges against convicted on political issues in Sudan, under the slogan "Freedom is a right, not a gift," which starts from the beginning of September until the end of November.   They called on all human rights activists, regional and international organizations to join this campaign, as well as they called on all Sudanese citizens at home and abroad to join that campaign to put pressure on the Sudanese government so as to release detainees.

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In Arabic.

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Mass arrests reported in Kalma Camp

The Sudanese Human Rights Network (SHRN) had received perturbing news about a campaign of mass arrests amongst resident of El Salam camp for the displaced in Nyala, South Darfur; the arrests are schemed and executed by a joint security force. This cruel campaign, has detained about 70 people from El Salam camp, many of them were released a few days later while the others were taken to an unknown destination.

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More than 127,000 Sudanese Refugees are at Risk of Massacre in Camps in South Sudan Eruption of Violence in Maban, Upper Nile, Targets Humanitarian Aid Workers

(6 August 2014) On 3 August, the security situation in Maban County in Upper Nile State, in South Sudan, has deteriorated. The capital city Bunj, has witnessed sporadic bouts of killing and shelling over the past three days. The violence threatened the lives of over 127,000 Sudanese refugees from Blue Nile, spread over four camps in Maban. In addition, thousands of humanitarians aid workers and civilians of South Sudan have faced the armed violence.

Read the full report (English, Arabic).

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NGO Letter Regarding Human Rights Situation in Sudan at the 27th session of the Human Rights Council

To Permanent Representatives of member and observer states of the UN Human Rights Council.

Read the full letter here.

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Arab Coalition for Sudan and the Arab Network for Media Crisis call for a broad front to defend freedom and protect journalists

(Cairo, July 24, 2014) Arab Coalition for Sudan (ACS) and the Arab Network for Media Crisis (ANMC) condemn the brutal assault against Osman Mirghani, the editor- in -chief of Atayyar newspaper.The attack was carried out by an armed group driving two four wheel drive cars that stormed the newspaper headquarters and attacked him till he lost his consciousness. Mr. Mirghani was transferred to the hospital later.

Read the full statement (English, Arabic)

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Weekly Report Brief: Sudan … armed conflicts and environmental risks

(July 21, 2014) Fifty percent of the Sudanese people lives below the poverty line, which amounts to 15 million of Sudanese citizens; says the scaring statistics declared by United Nations. Yet that is natural due to the internal wars plaguing across the country. The state budget has become a war budget, whereas expenditure of security alone represents more than 50% of the whole budget, and the repercussions of the conflict led to homelessness, displacement, high cost of living, downtime in agricultural areas; not to mention the spread of corruption at the highest levels.

Read the full brief (English, Arabic)

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Weekly Report Brief: SPLM-North alliance with Hilal and
the unfulfilled dialogue frustrates Doha

(July 14, 2014) In an attempt to broaden its political and military alliances, the Sudan
People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Sudanese Revolutionary Awakening Council (SRAC) led by Hilal, the leader of Mahameed tribe. In the meantime an undisclosed tension between Doha and Khartoum was contained during the two days’ visit of Sudan’s president to Doha. President Omar Al Bashir, discussed a number of issues with his counterpart Emir of Qatar, particularly; the national dialogue in Sudan. Meanwhile, the Sudanese authorities released some political prisoners and kept the others.

Read the full brief (English, Arabic).

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The Arabic Network for Media Crisis denounces the continuous
detention of Hassan Essaq

(Cairo, July 3, 2014) The Arab Network for Media Crisis denounces the continuation of detention of Hassan Isaac by the Sudanese authority and expresses its deep
concern over his being brutally tortured by the police; it also confirms the authorities’ responsibility for his safety.

Isaac (31) years old was arrested by the detective police on the tenth of June, from inside El-Nihud city market and during his performance of his duties as a journalist. He was detained and interrogated after the publication of an interview with Ibrahim El-Sheikh, the leader of the Sudanese Congress Party, following a field visit he carried out with the members of his party to residents in North and South Kordofan States, whereas he accused the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) of looting, killing and spreading of fear and anxiety among civilians, which has resulted in his detention.

Read the full statement (English, Arabic).

 

 

African Voices

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Action Professionals Association for the People

Aegis Trust Rwanda

African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies

African Center for Development

African Center for Justice and Peace Studies

Africa Internally Displaced Persons Voice (Africa IDP Voice)

African Security Dialogue and Research (ASDR)

African Women's Development and Communications Network (FEMNET)

The Ahueni Foundation

Alliances for Africa

Amman Centre for Human Rights Studies

Andalus Institute for Tolerance

Anti-Slavery International

Arab Coalition for Darfur

Arab Program for Human Rights Activists

Association Africaine de Defense des Droits de l'Homme (ASADHO)

Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies

Centre for Minority Rights Development (CEMIRIDE)

Centre for Research Education and Development of Freedom of Expression and Associated Rights (CREDO)

Citizens for Global Solutions

Conscience International

Conseil National Pour les Libertés en Tunisie

Darfur Alert Coalition (DAC)

Darfur Centre for Human Rights and Development

Darfur Leaders Network (DLN)

Darfur Reconciliation and Development Organization (DRDO)

Darfur Relief and Documentation Centre

East Africa Law Society

Egyptian Organization for Human Rights

Femmes Africa Solidarité

La Fédération Internationale des Droits de l'Homme (FIDH)

Forum of African Affairs (FOAA)

Human Rights First

Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA)

Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa

Institute for Security Studies

Inter-African Union for Human Rights (UIDH)

Interights

International Commission of Jurists (ICJ Kenya)

International Refugee Rights Initiative

Justice Africa

Justice and Peace Commission

Lawyers for Human Rights

Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections

Legal Resources Consortium-Nigeria

Ligue Tunisienne des Droits de l'Homme

Makumira University College, Tumaini University

Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)

Minority Rights Group

National Association of Seadogs

Never Again International

Open Society Justice Initiative

Pan-African Movement

Rencontre Africaine Pour la Defense des Droits de l'Homme (RADDHO)

Sierra Leone STAND Chapter

Sisters' Arabic Forum for Human Rights (SAF)

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP)

Sudan Organization Against Torture (SOAT)

Syrian Organization for Human Rights

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)

Universal Human Rights Network

WARIPNET

Women Initiative Nigeria (WIN)

 
 
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