Headlines from Sudan: September 3rd-6th
- Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir threatened to quell any military attacks by the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) as the country’s army declared readiness to seize the SPLM-N’s main stronghold in the Blue Nile State.
- On Saturday, Sudanese authorities closed down the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – (SPLM-North) offices in Khartoum and stated they will shut down SPLM offices in other states until the party legalizes it activities and abides by the laws.
- Bashir declared a state of emergency in the Blue Nile State and dismissed its Governor, Malik Agar, amid reports of aerial bombardments and attacks resulting in large scale displacement in the region.
- United Nations agencies are mobilizing to assist at some 20,000 people who have fled the fighting in Sudan’s Blue Nile state and arrived in neighboring Ethiopia.
LJM delegation to arrive in Khartoum– Radio Dabanga
- A delegation of the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM), led by deputy chairperson Ahmed Abdul Shafi, arrived in Khartoum on Tuesday to start implementation of the Doha agreement.
Govt-backed militia rapes minors in Darfur– Radio Dabanga
- Three girls in Garsila and another in Kass were gang raped by government-backed militia wearing military uniforms in two separate incidents on Sunday, sources told Radio Dabanga.
Opposition forces to demonstrate against wars in Sudan– Sudan Tribune
- The Sudanese opposition forces will organize a demonstration on Friday demanding to stop the war in South Kordofan and Blue Nile and call for an immediate investigation.
- The Council of Ministers has decided to relocate the Capital of South Sudan from Juba to Ramciel in Lakes State.
Darfuri refugees in Libya deported to Khartoum– Radio Dabanga
- 17 Darfuri refugees were arrested along the Sudan-Libya border and deported to prisons in Khartoum, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) said on Monday. Those arrested are accused of having links with JEM and supporting the Gadhafi regime in Libya
- Darfur rebels today urged international community to impose a no-fly zone and to establish safe corridors to provide civilians, in the Blue Nile, Darfur and South Kordofan, with humanitarian assistance. They also urged democratic forces to join them in their efforts to change Bashir’s regime.
- On Monday, the Government of South Sudan (GoSS) said it would diversify the economic sector in order to move away oil dependency.
Statements on Blue Nile
- The US State Department announced their concern about recent fighting in Blue Nile and called on both parties to cease hostilities and for the SAF to end aerial bombings.
- Today, Catherine Ashton issued a statement condemning the attacks in Blue Nile and calling for both parties to stop fighting and resume negotiations
- The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator called on both the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North to end the fighting immediately and to seek to resolve any disputes through peaceful means, to prevent more loss of life and to enable displaced people to return to their homes.
- Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for an immediate end to the fighting in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states and for access for humanitarian agencies to the affected areas.
- A UNHCR assessment team returned yesterday from the Assosa region of western Ethiopia, where refugees have been arriving since late last week amid fighting across the border in Sudan’s Blue Nile State. The refugee population has swollen to around 20,000 people with more continuing to arrive.
Wikileaks on Sudan
- Wikileaks: Ethiopia PM tells US that removing Bashir regime is “preferred option”
- Wikileaks: VP Taha & Gosh appear open to removing Sudan’s Bashir
- Wikileaks: Mbeki fiercely critical of Darfur mediator Bassole
- Wikileaks: Discontent with SPLM’s Kiir revealed
- Wikileaks: Janjaweed leader slams VP Taha & Nafie, blames NCP for Darfur crimes
- Wikileaks: Sudanese diplomat says country “on the wrong course”
- Wikileaks: Sudan negotiating purchase of missiles from North Korea