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Sudan declares state of emergency after clashes left 40 dead

– – A state of emergency has been declared in Sudan‘s West Darfur state following ethnic clashes that have left at least 40 dead. Over 50 people have also be injured in the clashes which have displaced thousands of people. The violence broke out on Saturday between Arab groups and the non-Arab Massalit ethnic community in the city of El Geneina. Gunfire could be heard in the neighbourhoods of Hay Al Jabal and Al Jamarik late afternoon on Monday, UN humanitarian affairs agency OCHA said. According to OCHA, the situation remains tense in the…

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Sudan’s PM forms new cabinet with 7 former rebel leaders

– – Seven former rebel leaders have been appointed in the new cabinet of Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. It forms the dissolution of the previous cabinet on Sunday to form an inclusive government. The seven former rebel leaders were part of a peace deal signed in October. Veteran rebel leader and economist Gibril Ibrahim has been appointed Finance Minister to handle the sky rocketing inflation and food and fuel shortages. Mariam al-Sadiqal-Mahdi – the daughter of Sudan’s last democratically elected Prime Minister, Sadiqal-Mahdi has also been appointed Foreign Affairs Minister. –…

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Ethiopia to ‘receive and reintegrate’ those fleeing Tigray conflict

– – Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday said his country wants to “receive and reintegrate” thousands of refugees fleeing the northern state of Tigray. Federal forces are fighting local troops in Tigray forcing over 25,000 people to flee to neighbouring countries. Many of them have fled into Sudan, according to UN refugee agency officials who toured the border region on Saturday. The UNHCR assistant representative in Sudan Jan Hansmann has said that the priority of his agency was to provide the refugees with shelter, food and water. The…

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Ethiopia: 25,000 flee conflict in Tigray region to Sudan

– – The conflict in Tigray region in Ethiopia continues to deepen, forcing some 25,000 Ethiopians to flee into neighbouring Sudan. According to the state news agency SUNA “The number of Ethiopian refugees who have arrived in Gadaref and Kassala states since Saturday has reached 24,944.” UN refugee agency officials toured the border region on Saturday and discuss the influx with Sudanese officials. The UNHCR assistant representative in Sudan Jan Hansmann has said that the priority of hi agency was to provide the refugees with shelter, food and water. The…

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Sudan ‘closes border with Ethiopia’ over tension in Tigray region

– – Sudan has closed the border between its eastern Kassala State and Ethiopia due to ongoing tension in Ethiopian Tigray region. According to the state-owned Suna news agency the announcement was made by Governor of the state, Fateh al-Rahman al-Amin. Al-Amin has said that the border will remain closed until further notice as Ethiopia struggles to end the tension. The state media reported that the governor intends traveling to Wad Al Helew, a village in Kassala State bordering Ethiopia and Eritrea, to assess the situation. On Wednesday Ethiopian Prime…

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OP-ED Sudan 

OPINION PIECE: A Free and Fair Election is the Solution to South Sudan’s Woes

Written By Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth In this election, and in true democratic fashion, the losers must congratulate the winners JUBA, South Sudan, October 21, 2020/ — By Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Former Minister of Petroleum, South Sudan The Republic of South Sudan was born – literally out of the ashes – on 9 July 2011 after decades of a debilitating and costly war. The people of South Sudan must be appreciated for their sustained commitment to sovereign independence, and to finally win their freedom, despite the grave costs that we paid…

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Human Rights Sudan 

ICC Statement on Sudan: “There is an urgent need for justice in Sudan”

The victims in Darfur have waited far too long to have justice, Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, at a media briefing in Khartoum, Sudan: “There is an urgent need for justice in Sudan; sustainable peace and reconciliation are built on the stabilizing pillar of justice” THE HAGUE, Netherlands, October 21, 2020/ — Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for being here today at this media briefing. I am grateful for this opportunity to reach out, through you, to the people of Sudan. My name is…

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Sudan’s govt, rebel groups sign landmark peace deal

– – Sudan’s government and rebel groups on Saturday inked a landmark peace deal aimed at ending decades of war in which hundreds of thousands died. Ululations and cheers rang out as one by one, representatives from the transitional government and rebel groups signed the deal, a year after the peace talks began, at a ceremony in the South Sudanese capital Juba, according to an AFP journalist at the scene. “Today we have reached a peace agreement. We are happy. We have finished the mission,” Tut Gatluak, head of the South Sudanese…

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Sudan dissolves party of ex-leader Omar al-Bashir

Sudan has passed a law dissolving the party of former leader Omar al-Bashir. The Sudanese transitional authorities approved the law on Thursday to dissolve the former ruling party. A law was also passed repealing a public order law that regulated women’s behaviour under Omar al-Bashir regime. Sudan’s justice minister, Nasredeen Abdelbari said the law to dissolve Bashir’s National Congress Party (NCP) also allows for the party’s assets to be seized. These moves according to local media are meant to “dismantle” the former regime. Bashir who seized power in a 1989…

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Sudan appoints first female chief justice

Sudan’s Sovereign council has announced the appointment of the country’s first female chief justice. Supreme Court judge Neemat Abdulllah was picked to occupy the highest position in the Judiciary. She will be heading the country’s judicial system and overseeing the overhaul of the justice system. The appointment by the Sovereign Council, which is made up of civilian and military officials tells of the emerging reforms taking place in the north African nation. Many consider the move significant in dealing with issues of gender inequality in Sudan. The 11-member Sovereign Council…

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