Here is the daily roundup and summary of the major headlines coming out of Sudan. United to End Genocide does not necessarily support the views expressed in the articles in this post.
DUP backs Doha peace agreement—Radio Dabanga
The Democratic Unionist Party-Mainstream (DUP) led by Mohamed Osman al-Mirghani announced support for the Doha peace agreement. DUP made the announcement after meeting with the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM), who has already signed the Doha Darfur Peace Document (DDPD).
US eases North Sudan trade regulations—Sudan Tribune
The US Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that it will ease regulations on trade of food products to Iran and Sudan, both of which are designated State Sponsors of Terrorism. Companies will be allowed to freely trade certain food products to these countries, whereas in the past they had to apply for one year contracts to do so. Still conditions will apply and companies will not be allowed to become involved with military enterprises. Whether the easing of regulations is offered as an incentive to the Sudanese government to end the conflicts in Blue Nile and South Kordofan is undetermined.
SPLM: Bashir ‘in a state of turmoil and defeat’—Radio Dabanga
The Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) reacted to President Omer El-Bashir’s public refusal to negotiate with SPLM with surprise. A SPLM spokesman said, “the SPLM never mentioned a desire for negotiations in the first place, since we are progressing with our plans to bring down the regime”.
Sudan’s parliament was the scene of intense debate on the status of freedom of expression on Monday. Although Sudan’s constitution grants freedom of expression, in actuality news outlets are heavily censored. Media that fails to stay to the regime’s strict guidelines and covers issues deemed “sensitive” are heavily fined, their newspaper confiscated, and their operations shut down. Several members of the ruling National Congress Party expressed support for freer speech, although one member warned that some news outlets will abuse these freedoms.
Al-Turabi’s party rejects initiative to unify Islamists –Sudan Tribune
The Popular Congress Party (PCP), led by Hassan Al-Turabi, announced that it will not be reconciled with Sudan’s incumbent National Congress Party (NCP), and that it believes it is no longer possible to unify the two Islamist parties. The PCP is pushing for regime change and says the initiative to unite the two parties is not possible as long as the NCP continues to limit freedoms and pursue conflicts in Blue Nile and South Kordofan.
Chairman of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel on Sudan, Thabo Mbeki, will travel to Sudan Wednesday to mediate talks on post-Comprehensive Peace Agreement issues including border demarcation, the status of Abyei, and the division of oil revenue.
Khalil Ibrahim, leader of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) rebel group, has threatened an attack on Sudan’s capital of Khartoum if the Sudanese government does not agree to re-open the Doha Darfur Peace Document (DDPD) for renegotiations. Ibrahim said he is working to bring together armed and political groups in order to topple the regime.
Aruna Kenyi returned to the village off Kansuk in South Sudan, his birthplace, after 16 years away. When Kenyi was five, his village was destroyed during the civil war between the Sudanese government and southern rebels. Kenyi and his two brothers were separated from their families and became Sudan’s “Lost Boys”, fleeing from war. The brothers have since been reunited with their families. Kenyi, who is in college in the United States, is opening a lunch program for school children in his hometown of Kansuk.