Juba, July 9, 2010 (SSNA) — The ruling party of the semi-autonomous government of Southern Sudan said its chairman flew to Kenya for medical check-up, amid speculation he sufferered from ‘exhaustion’. "It was exhaustion. He simply was not feeling well but there was nothing specific," the minister of cabinet affairs in the Government of Southern…
July 8, 2010 (Khartoum) — Sudan peace partners will begin post referendum negotiations next week. The two partners will reaffirm their commitment to the full implementation of the CPA. “The negotiations aim at the enabling the two parties to the CPA informing and assuring the people of Sudan and the international community on their intention…
July 8, 2010 (Khartoum) — Sudanese president al-Bashir shuffled his advisor on Thursday. The move has reduced his advisors from 18 to 14. After winning re-election in April, Omar al-Bashir promised the people that he will make unity attractive. It is not clear if Sudan’s ruling party consulted its peace partner on the decision. Security advisor Salah…
July 7, 2010 (Khartoum) — The head of the United Nations/African Union Mission in Darfur, Ibrahim Gambari, said government and rebel forces must stop blocking missions by aid workers and peacekeepers in Darfur or risk breaking international law.
Gambari told journalists that “both insurgents and government forces had prevented his mission from entering areas hit by a resurgence of violence over the past two months”.
“We are demanding the lifting of restrictions on UNAMID and on the humanitarian community … Persistent restriction of such movements is a violation of international humanitarian law”, he added.
Mr. Ibrahim admitted that some government restrictions were acceptable because there was active fighting in the area.
The head of mission acknowledged said that some government restrictions were acceptable because there was a fighting in the area.
July 7, 2010 (Nyala) — Vehicles belonging to the African Union/United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) were carjacked by unknown armed men. The drivers of vehicles were released unharmed. UNAMID Officials reported that vehicles were taken by armed men in separate incidents in Nyala, South Darfur. A statement made available to the public by the…
July 6, 2010 (Khartoum) — Sudan on Tuesday suspended Al Intibaha newspaper accusing it of campaigning for Sudan separation, State media reports.
The move comes six months before January 2011 referendum.
AFP quoted the president of Sudanese Union of journalists, Mohiedinne Titawi, saying “We have been notified by the intelligence services that the newspaper Al-Intibaha has been closed and that from today press censorship has once again been imposed, adding the censorship will focus on the issue of the country’s unity or separation and the security of south Sudan”.
An Al Intibaha newspaper is known for its separatist views. The paper has been calling for North to separate from the South. The far-right newspaper is sometimes call the "true Northerner" by the people who suport its anti-Southern views.
“The decision is aimed at reducing the negative role of newspapers wanting to strengthen separatist tendencies in the North and South, in opposition to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which extolls unity," according to Sudan Media Center, which is close to the government.
At least two other newspapers have been warned by the intelligent services, telling them “not to cross red lines”.
July 5, 2010 (Beijing) — PetroChina, one of the largest oil companies in the world has been told by the U.S. government “not to process Sudanese crude at its new refinery in South China”, Reuters reports. "There is a freeze on Sudanese crude into the new plant, as it is under the U.S.-listed PetroChina, not…
July 4, 2010 (Khartoum) — The Chinese envoy to Darfur Liu Guijin on Sunday said his country favors unity of Sudan and a political solution to Darfur conflict.
The Chinese official reaffirms his country commitment to peace in Sudan. He praises progress made by the NCP and the SPLM on the CPA implementation.
"We are supporting the two major partners to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), the National Congress Party and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement to work together to try to solve the difficulties and obstacles on the way and to have a credible, transparent and fair referendum," Liu told reporters in Khartoum.
Sudan’s minister for cabinet affairs in the unity government, Luka Biong Deng, a leading figure in South Sudan’s ruling party, met with the Chinese official. They discussed the upcoming January 2011 referendum, Darfur problem, and many other issues.
"China wishes to cooperate with the North and South," Liu said.
“Beijing was in favor of the unity of Africa’s largest country”, AFP quoted the Chinese envoy as saying.
Mr. Liu Guijin also met with Ghazi Salahedden, Omar al-Bashir’s adviser on Darfur.
"The only way to resolve the problem in Darfur is through peaceful negotiations, through the political process, any boycotting of the political process, any choice of remaining outside the political process is not acceptable, is not conducive to peace and to the resolution of the problem," Chinese special envoy to Darfur told reporters after meeting with Salahedden.
July 3, 2010 (Malakal) — Four employees of the UK-based aid agency, Tearfund, were detained and bleated by the semi-autonomous army of Southern Sudan – agency officials have said.
SPLA denied the accusations and said “all four employees were arrested on suspicion of helping anti-government militias”.
One employee is a Kenyan, and the other three are Sudanese, according to a statement released by the agency.
The Southern army said they stopped Tearfund employees because some people from Shilluk tribe told them that the four aid workers were transporting medicines to Dr. Lam Akol’s forces believed to be in the area.
"Our staff were transporting medical supplies to medical facilities in the area … At the roadblock the four staff were detained by SPLA forces and they were accused of having a political motive … I can confirm they were beaten in detention," said Tearfund spokesman Jonathan Spencer.
“The men were moved to Southern capital Juba later in the week and all four had since been released and told to wait in the city to face more questioning”, he continues.
Tearfund said one of its employees need medical treatment and the other three were badly hurt.
“Soldiers stopped the four men on Sunday at a roadblock near Kodok in the South’s Upper Nile state, aid officials told Reuters.
July 2, 2010 (Malakal) — Upper Nile State announced its new government. Names of the people who have been appointed are as follows:
1. Peter Lam Both – Minister of Information & Broadcasting
2. Martha Nyamal Choat – Minister of Gender, Social Welfare & Religious Affairs
3. James Ruac Kun – Minister of Local Government & Law Enforcement
4. Riek Pal Rik – Minister of Legal Affairs & Constitution Development
5. Aban Makol Ajal – Minister of Labor & Public Services
6. Mujkwan Kak Ajang – Minister of Minister Education, Science & Technology
7. Ayong Awer Lual – Minister of Finance, Trade and Economic Planning
8. Kun Monylang Ding – Minister of Physical Infrastructure & Rural Development
9. Tabisa Gwang Agwok – Minister of Minister Parliamentary Affairs
10. John Thomas Reng Deng – Minister of Culture, Youth & Sport
11. Chol Chuol Arop – Minister of Agriculture & Forestry
June 30, 2010 (Khartoum) — The Sudanese government on Wednesday released Hassan al-Turabi, his son said. Hassan al-Turabi was arrested in a government crackdown in May after he criticized April’s elections which brought back Bashir to power. “The security service told me to come to their office this evening. When I arrived my father was…
Ann Brown, Refugees International
For Immediate Release
June 29, 2010 (Washington, D.C.) — Nearly two million Southern Sudanese living in northern Sudan are at great risk for targeted violence and statelessness in the aftermath of the planned January 2011 referendum on Southern independence, Refugees International said in a report released today.
The advocacy group calls on the United Nations, the U.S. Government and other nations to assist in the pre-referendum voluntary return of Southern Sudanese displaced in Khartoum and implement other measures to prevent violence and loss of legal rights by Southerners in the North and Northerners in the South.
“Southerners displaced in Khartoum expressed grave concern about their physical safety following the referendum. Many don’t trust Sudan’s security forces to protect them, and it is unlikely that UNMIS – the UN peacekeeping force – will be in a position to offer physical protection,” stated Jennifer Smith, Refugees International advocate and report co-author.
“The U.S. and other nations should provide transportation support for those displaced Southern Sudanese who want to return home – not only for their safety, but to lessen the potential for North-South violence in the aftermath of the referendum.” Statements by National Congress Party officials and articles in a newspaper owned by President Omar al Bashir’s uncle questioning why Southerners should stay in the North after the referendum have contributed to Southerners’ fears.
Despite safety concerns, many Southern Sudanese are achieving economic and educational success in Khartoum and worry about forced expulsion.
Press Release June 29, 2010 (New York) — The head of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) today welcomed the appointment of an independent body that will oversee preparations for a referendum on whether southern Sudan should secede from the rest of the country. Haile Menkerios, who is also the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, congratulated…
June 28, 2010 (Khartoum) — Sudan on Monday announced it will close down its borders with Libya, a reference seen as a sign of Khartoum’s growing frustration with Libya over its refusal to expel Darfur’s rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) leader, Khalil Ibrahim. The decision comes just one day after Sudan asked Libya to extradite…
USSP Press Release
June 27, 2010 (SSNA) — It is indeed a matter of great concern that South Sudan is currently passing through a worrying state of insecurity. But sad still is the fact that most of the procedures taken by the GoSS or even the local authorities in addressing these serious developments have been massively sub-standard and marred by ethnic prejudices.
Now as I write this release, the whole of the Upper Nile State lives in a huge state of terror and insecurity. It must be remembered that, since the tribal confrontations that happened between the Chollo and Dinka Padang Communities during the CPA celebrations one and a half years ago has led to a terrible fall out in relationship between the communities and made worse by issues of controversial and disputable land rights. However, it was the government intervention from the GOSS, a move much marred by tribal favouritism that eventually promoted the current degree of enmity and antagonism that leaves too little room for any sensible reconciliation.
Sadly enough the situation in Malakal the capital of the Upper Nile state, has deteriorated drastically in the last few weeks following the unaccounted for killing of the Chollo Para-mount chief, Oyath Odhok.
However, the procedures taken thereafter by the GoSS ministers of Interior Brigadier Gier Chuang Aloung and his counterpart the former Minister of Legal Affairs that led the South Sudan Legislative Assembly (SSLA) to unanimously strip all the SPLM-DC’s MPs, Hon. Samuel Aban AchIen, Hon. Andrew Okony Ayom, Hon. Martha Angar Kur, and Hon. Onyoti Adigo Nyikwec from their immunities, then followed immediately by what in fact amounted to arbitrary arrests, contradicts the spirit of democracy, human rights and even the basic legal procedures.
In Malakal it was a different scenario where Hon. Mustafa (Mayak) Gai of the Upper Nile State Legislative Assembly, and citizens, Dr. Odol (George) a pharmacist, Ayul Liebo, Oluny Ackiek Oluny and others were kidnapped at night and taken to unknown destinations. There are reports they were badly tortured and that their tormented families could not have access to them. UNMIS Human Rights and Red Cross were not even allowed to see them.
June 26, 2010 (SSNA) — North and South Sudan are set to begin secession negotiations on July 5. The announcement comes three days after the two parties signed an agreement hosted by Addis Ababa. On June 23, South Sudan’s ruling party, SPLM, and NCP, signed an agreement in Mekelle, Ethiopia. Under the agreement, the two…