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.
Seven women burnt to death—Radio Dabanga
Seven women were reportedly burnt alive in their home in their village of Azban in North Darfur by government militias. According to relatives of the victims, the village of Azban had been the scene of a massacre the week before in which three people were allegedly killed. The women refused to leave their home after the massacre and were in it when the militias attacked the village.
Germany mulls relief of Sudan’s debt—Sudan Tribune
Germany’s deputy head of diplomatic mission to Sudan, Johannes Lehne, revealed that Germany has begun talks with the government of Sudan about ways Sudan can pay off its international debt. Germany has said that Sudan may be able to pay of its debt through the creation of internal development projects. The commencement of talks with Germany on debt relief is part of a greater effort by Sudan to receive debt relief. The World Bank has said that Sudan must enact economic reforms to qualify for debt relief.
The UN High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) denounced Sudan’s deportation of 300 Eritrean refugees despite an earlier agreement with UNHCR that would have permitted them to stay in Sudan. The refugees were supposed to be brought to Khartoum for a joint-screening operation with UNHCR. Instead Sudan arrested the refugees for illegal entry and deported them. Sudan has in the past sent asylum-seekers back to Eritrea where they risked persecution by their government.
South Sudan has declared intentions to investigate its civil service and identify unqualified or corrupt civil servants. The operation is part of a greater effort to rout corruption and create a transparent government. Some civil service workers have received jobs through family or falsified education credentials, and South Sudan has stated that they will be prosecuted for fraud.
Marial Chanuong, Officer in Charge of Disarmament, says the ongoing process to disarm in the Lakes State has already collected 360 weapons at collection points in Rumbek North, Rumbek Central, Rumbek East, and Wulu Counties. The firearms will be sent to Juba.
A prominent member of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP), Ibrahim Ahmad Omer, resigned from the party saying the NCP has failed to perform adequately in dealing with the issues facing Sudan. Omer was the secretariat of thought and culture, and minister of science and technology in the NCP.
An investigative committee established by the Governor of Western Bahr el Ghazal state Rizig Zachariah Hassen to look into student protests in the state has arrested six people thought to be behind the demonstrations. The six were arrested for destruction of school property and for causing the injuries of those hurt in the protests. All the schools in the state had been closed to deal with the protests and have now reopened, except for those where the protests occurred.
‘Stop all ongoing trials in Darfur’—Radio Dabanga
Chairman of a Darfuri lawyers association, Mohammed Aidallah Duma, said the Sudan government must allow a general amnesty of all those arrested in the Darfur conflict and that this would be the only way of establishing lasting peace. He also warned that the crisis in Darfur is ongoing and that the recent failed harvest puts Darfur at high risk of famine in the coming months. Imminent famine in South Kordofan and Blue Nile has also been predicted by humanitarian aid organizations and United to End Genocide.
JEM leaders’ trial begins in Khartoum—Radio Dabanga
The trial of Ibraham Almaz Deng, vice president of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) rebel group, began yesterday. Deng, and four other members of JEM on trial with him, are being tried in the Court of Terrorism Act No. 1 . In related news, JEM declared that it will submit a complaint to the International Criminal Court against the mobile tracking company Thuraya which they accuse of assisting the Sudanese government in tracking their movements in Darfur.
British Ambassador to Sudan Nicholas Kay was summoned by the Sudanese government to answer for a personal blog entry he wrote in which he blamed the Sudanese government for causing food insecurity through conflict and restrictions in aid. The exchange between Kay and the Sudanese government was described as “cordial”, and Kay promised to be more mindful in future of what he writes about Sudan in his blog.