Sudanese security releases six journalists detained during bread protests

January 21, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s National Intelligence and National Security Services (NISS) on Sunday released six journalists detained during last week’s anti-austerity protests.
As part of the 2018 budget, the government cut subsidies on wheat imports, driving the price of bread up and the Sudanese to the streets to protest against their rising cost of living.
The NISS arrested 15 journalists for covering two protests on 16 and 17 January in Khartoum and Omdurman towns. Seven of (…)


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Sudan’s cabinet to approve tripartite agreement on refugees return to Darfur

January 21, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s Ministry of Interior on Sunday said the governance and administration sector at the Council of Ministers have approved the tripartite agreement on the voluntary return of Sudanese refugees from Chad.
On 31 May 2017, Sudan, Chad and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) signed two separate tripartite agreements on the voluntary return of Sudanese refugees from Chad and Chadian refugees from Sudan.
The agreements provide that any repatriation should be voluntary (…)


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South Sudan president seeks maintaining Machar in Pretoria

January 21, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir, is currently visiting South Africa in a bid to advocate for maintaining in confinement his main political rival and the leader of the armed opposition Riek Machar and to exclude him personally from future interim arrangements.
President Kiir who arrived on Friday to South Africa is accompanied on the trip by the Minister of Defence, Kuol Manyang, the Minister in the Office of the President, Mayiik Ayii Deng, and Minister of (…)


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NCP Shura Council adjourns discussions on al-Bashir nomination for 2020 elections

January 20, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The parliament of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP), the Shura Council, Saturday decided to not discuss the re-election of President Omer al-Bashir in 2020 election at this stage.
According to the Sudanese constitution and the NCP status, al-Bashir couldn’t run for office for a third mandate after the end of his current term in 2020.
However, supporters from outside and inside the ruling party launched calls to amend the constitution to allow him to (…)


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Chiefs accuse S. Sudan official of ceasefire violation

January 19, 2018 (JUBA) – Local chiefs from the Gawaar community in South Sudan have accused the country’s first vice president, Taban Deng Gai of violating the cessation of hostilities agreement signed between government and rebels in Addis Ababa last year.
Gai’s recent visit to Jonglei state, the chiefs claimed, has escalated the war in other the other parts of the war-torn East African country.
“In the strongest terms possible, on my own behalf and on behalf of patriotic citizens of entire (…)


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UNICEF chief calls for end to South Sudan conflict

January 20, 2018 (JUBA) – Only an end to the ongoing hostilities in South Sudan can bring back hope and safety to the nation’s children and young people, a top United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) official has said.
“I have just spent two days in South Sudan where I saw first-hand how four years of a man-made conflict have left children sick, hungry and on the brink of death,” UNICEF’s executive director, Henrietta H. Fore said Thursday after a two-day visit to the country.
A quarter of a (…)


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IGAD special envoy refutes S. Sudan rebels’ allegations

January 20, 2018 (JUBA) – The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) special envoy for South Sudan, ambassador Ismail Wais, has refuted as “misleading” and “irresponsible” allegations made by a member of the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) loyal to ex-first vice-president, Riek Machar.
The SPLM-IO deputy military spokesperson, Lam Paul Gabriel had, in a statement issued on 15 January, accused IGAD and Troika nations (United States, Norway and Britain) for allegedly being (…)


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Machar removes rebel governors of Wau and Central Equatoria

January 20, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan armed opposition leader Riek Machar Saturday has relieved two governors and their deputies and assigned new faces into office.
The move included the governors of Wau and Central Equatoria states, according to a statement from Machar office.
In a decree, which was effective from 19th January 2018, Machar relieved Central Equatoria State Governor, Brig. Gen.Mario Loku Thomas and his Deputy, Brig. Gen.Peter Wani Elia Wani.
In another decree, he relieved (…)


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U.S. denounce arbitrary detention of Sudanese journalists

January 20, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The United States has condemned Sudan’s arbitrary detention of a number of journalists during the ongoing wave of anti-austerity protests. The National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) arrested 15 journalists for covering two protests on 16 and 17 January in Khartoum and Omdurman towns.
They arbitrary arrest was seen as an attempt form the security apparatus to dissuade the independent local media and international correspondents from covering (…)


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U.S. Shutdown : Congressional delegation suspends visit to Sudan

January 20, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The United States government shutdown has caused a postponement of a U.S. Congressional delegation visit to Khartoum which was scheduled for Sunday, said Sudanese parliament spokesperson
The U.S. federal government shutdowns occur when Congress can’t pass some kind of appropriations bill before a spending deadline and as a result, many “nonessential” government activities suddenly cease.
In a statement on Saturday, Sudan’s National Assembly spokesperson (…)


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Sudan arrests 15 journalists during bread price protests: media watchdog

January 19, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RWB) called for the release Sudanese journalists detained after covering recent demonstrations to protest the increase of bread prices.
The National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) arrested 15 journalists for covering two protests on 16 and 17 January in Khartoum and Omdurman towns.
They arbitrary arrest was seen as an attempt form the security apparatus to dissuade the independent local (…)


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Crackdown on peaceful protests against bread hike deserves strongest condemnation

The Peaceful Sudanese Public Display of Discontent on Price Hikes has been suppressed by Excessive violence and arbitrary arrests
Civil Rights Denial and Suppression by Excessive Violence in the (NCP) ruled Sudan
By Mahmoud A Suleiman
The martyrs are more generous and greater than us. The detainees are nobler than us, and the demonstrators inside Sudan are greater than those who are abroad, but in each of them there is a lot of goodness and blessing. Their interest in the affairs of the (…)


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Crackdown on peaceful protests against bread hike deserves strongest condemnation

The Peaceful Sudanese Public Display of Discontent on Price Hikes has been suppressed by Excessive violence and arbitrary arrests
Civil Rights Denial and Suppression by Excessive Violence in the (NCP) ruled Sudan
By Mahmoud A Suleiman
The martyrs are more generous and greater than us. The detainees are nobler than us, and the demonstrators inside Sudan are greater than those who are abroad, but in each of them there is a lot of goodness and blessing. Their interest in the affairs of the (…)


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South Sudan president says reappointing ex-army chief amounts to bad precedent

January 19, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir Friday rejected calls to reappoint Paul Malong Awan to his former post as the army chief of staff, saying such move would amount to setting “a bad precedent”.
Following the involvement of his aides in rebel attacks outside Juba and the reports about his participation in meetings with other opposition leaders to discuss ways to overthrow the regime of President Salva Kiir, the Presidential spokesperson declared Awan as a rebel (…)


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South Sudan says ceasefire monitors lack necessary resources to do their job

January 19, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudanese government Friday called on the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to enhance the means of the ceasefire monitoring body pointing to its poor performance.
The demand, which expresses for the first time Juba frustration from the activities of the mechanism, is made one month after the signing of the cessation of hostilities agreement the government and the rebels are largely accused of violating.
Also, the SPLM-IO had already accused (…)


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Sudan’s anti-austerity protests continue for fourth day

January 19, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese police on Friday have fired tear gas to disperse worshipers in Khartoum and White Nile State as protests over price hikes continued for the fourth day.
Following the Friday prayer, worshippers at Al-Ansar mosque in Wad Nubawi neighbourhood of Omdurman staged a demonstration against the price hikes.
However, the police and security services stormed the mosque after throwing tear gas canisters forcing the demonstrators into the sub-streets and alleys (…)


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South Sudan rebel accuses government of fresh attacks in various locations

January 19, 2018 (JUBA) – The main rebel movement under the overall leadership of the exiled former first vice president in South Sudan has Friday issued a statement giving details of continued military offensives on their positions by the government forces in multiple places across the country.
Col. Lam Paul Gabriel, SPLA IO Deputy Military Spokesperson, according to a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, claimed government forces on Friday morning attacked their base in Pogee as their (…)


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Border shutdown with Eritrea made disarmament campaign easier: governor

January 19, 2108 (KHARTOUM) – Governor of Sudan’s eastern state of Kassala Adam Jama’a said the closure of borders with Eritrea has significantly contributed to the success of the disarmament campaign.
Since 5 January, Sudan has deployed thousands of Rapid Support Fighters (RSF) militiamen to Kassala on the border with Eritrea after a presidential decree declaring a state of emergency.
Following what, Sudan shut down its border with Eritrea and declared popular mobilization in Kassala, (…)


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