Category: Sudan

South Kordofan hosts 40,000 South Sudanese refugees: minister

July 16, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – South Kordofan State is hosting 40,000 South Sudanese refugees, said Minister of Welfare and Social Affairs Awadiya Basha
Speaking at a workshop on refugee laws on Sunday, Basha said the government of South Kordofan is committed to granting refugees status for foreign nationals who reach its territory according to international laws.
She said South Sudanese refugees enjoy the state’s limited services including food, health and water, pointing to strong and old (…)


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Sudan to develop national anti-human trafficking strategy

July 16, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s Higher Committee to Combat Human Trafficking said it would develop a national anti-trafficking strategy as well as activating existing laws to counter the phenomenon in accordance with the established international standards.
In a meeting chaired by Vice-President Hassabo Mohamed Abdel-Rahman on Sunday, the committee discussed legal frameworks to combat human trafficking besides humanitarian and social effects of the phenomenon.
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139 victims of human trafficking freed in Kassala as governor calls to extend emergency order

July 15, 2018 (KASSALA/KHARTOUM) – Governor of Sudan’s eastern state of Kassala Adam Jama’a on Sunday said police has freed 139 victims of human trafficking calling on legislators to extend the state of emergency.
Last December, the Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir issued a decree imposing a six-month state of emergency in North Kordofan and Kassala states.
The parliament on Monday would hold an extraordinary session to consider an extension of the emergency order at both states.
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Final phase of disarmament campaign targets SLM-AW rebels in Jebel Marra: governor

July 14, 2018 (KHARTOUM) The government of Central Darfur State has announced the start of the final phase of disarmament campaign saying it would begin by collecting illicit arms in Jebel Marra area.
In August 2017, the Sudanese government launched a six-month disarmament campaign to eliminate illegal weapons in the conflict-affected areas in Sudan, particularly the Darfur region.
The Sudanese authorities say the spread of weapons among the rival tribes in the region is one of the main (…)


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Sudan Call condemns Arab Parliament’s support for al-Bashir against ICC

July 13, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The opposition alliance, Sudan Call, Friday condemned statements by the Arab Parliament Speaker denouncing the European Union support to the International Criminal Court (ICC)’s arrest warrants against President Omer al-Bashir.
On Tuesday 10 July, the EU Council condemned the refusal of Djibouti and Uganda, to arrest Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir, the only sitting head of state wanted by the International criminal court for war crimes, crimes against humanity, (…)


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Sudanese pound falls to record low against U.S. dollar

July 13, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese pound on Thursday has hit another historic low against the U.S. dollar on black market despite strict administrative and security measures put in place by the government since last November.
A trader in Khartoum told Sudan Tribune that the purchase price of the U.S. dollar reached 42,50 Sudanese pounds while the selling price settled at 43,00 pounds.
He pointed out that the purchase price of the U.S. dollar that is being transferred into accounts (…)


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One woman killed at IDPs voluntary return village in S. Darfur

July 13, 2018 (NYALA) – A woman was killed and two persons injured by masked gunmen at an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) voluntary return village, 25 kilometres south of Nyala, South Darfur State capital.
A former native administrator Issa Salih Abakar told Sudan Tribune that three masked men in early hours of Thursday opened fire at the leader of Digrais village for voluntary return Gibril Ahmed Ali and his family inside his home and fled to an unknown destination.
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Sudan extends unilateral ceasefire until end of 2018

July 12, 2018 (KHARTOUM) — The Sudanese president Omer al-Bashir Thursday extended a unilateral cessation of hostilities for a six-month period until the end of the year.
The presidential decree says the ceasefire will be effective in all areas of operations until December 31, 2018, without further details but it is supposed to cover Darfur region and the Blue Nile and South Kordofan.
“The decision to extend the ceasefire is in line with the State’s approach to uphold the values of peace, (…)


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Sudan’s al-Bashir to attend World Cup final in Russia

July 12, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir will attend the final of soccer’s World Cup in Moscow, the presidency said on Friday, less than a week after a statement by the EU condemning Djibouti and Uganda for receiving al-Bashir.
France will face Croatia in the World Cup final on Sunday, July 15, as Human rights groups have called for World leaders to boycott the World Cup in Russia due to Moscow’s actions in Syria.
The official news agency SUNA said that al-Bashir will (…)


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Sudan summons EU envoy to protest statement condemning Djibouti-Uganda non-cooperation with ICC

July 11, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese foreign ministry on Wednesday summoned the European Union ambassador to Khartoum, Jean-Michel Dumond, to express its dissatisfaction with a statement issued by the Council of the European Union, criticizing Uganda and Djibouti for not arresting President Omer al-Bashir.
Al-Bashir was in Djibouti on 5 July to take part in the inauguration of a regional trade zone together with the Ethiopian prime minister and Djiboutian president. After what he (…)


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Sudan summons EU envoy to protest statement condemning Djibouti-Uganda non-cooperation with ICC

July 11, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese foreign ministry on Wednesday summoned the European Union ambassador to Khartoum, Jean-Michel Dumond, to express its dissatisfaction with a statement issued by the Council of the European Union, criticizing Uganda and Djibouti for not arresting President Omer al-Bashir.
Al-Bashir was in Djibouti on 5 July to take part in the inauguration of a regional trade zone together with the Ethiopian prime minister and Djiboutian president. After what he (…)


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Sudan produces 63,3 tons of gold in first half of 2018: minister

July 11, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s Minister of Minerals Mohamed Ahmed Ali said gold production has reached 63,3 tons during the first half of this year, reported the official news agency SUNA
During a meeting with Presidential Assistant Mohamed al-Hassan al-Mirghani on Tuesday, Ali said gold production in the first half of 2018 has exceeded targeted production by 101%.
He pointed out that gold production has contributed 6% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), saying total gold revenue in (…)


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Comprehensive political reform is the only way to address Sudan economic crisis

By Hafiz Mohamed
Sudan is facing multiple crises, mainly due to unclear political vision to tackle them, the current chronical economic problem is the manifestation of that. The Government of Sudan (GoS) decided to apply a package of measures to address the huge gap in its finances, most important components of the package is the increase of custom duties by over 200% and that will have an impact on the prices of most of goods by that they decided to liberalized the market by (…)


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EU condemns Djibouti and Uganda’s failure to arrest Sudan’s Bashir

July 10, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The European Union condemned two east African countries, Djibouti and Uganda, for refusing to arrest Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir, the only sitting head of state wanted by the International criminal court.
President al-Bashir was in Djibouti on 5 July to attend the inauguration of a regional trade zone. Also, he was in Entebbe on Saturday for meeting on peace in South Sudan with Presidents Yoweri Museveni and Salva Kiir and SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar.
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Indian company to implement electricity link between Sudan and Egypt

July 10, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – An Indian company on Tuesday has won a tender to build electricity interconnection project between Sudan and Egypt, said Egypt’s Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker
The Egyptian minister didn’t disclose the name of the Indian company saying the concerned parties are making preparations to sign the final contract soon.
He pointed out that the first phase of the project would be executed within four months at a cost of $60 million.
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Sudan, China discuss economic cooperation

July 10, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s State Foreign Minister Osama Faisal has met China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Bejing on the sidelines of the eighth ministerial meeting of China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF).
The CASCF, initiated in 2004, is a high-level platform for dialogue and cooperation between China and the Arab World.
The two ministers discussed ways to promote bilateral relations and develop economic cooperation within the framework of the Belt and Road initiative.
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A Looming Oil Shock?

By: Alsir Sidahmed
A state of uncertainty and ambiguity is all over the world. Thanks to the bullying policies of US President Donald Trump, who, in effect, is shaking the foundation of the World Order that has been established seven decades ago. Two issues came to the forefront: the trade war he launched with foes and allies alike from Canada to China to the European Union and threaten to move into an overall world trade war that may lead to an economic recession that is going to hurt (…)


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Normalize South Sudan-Sudan relations

Normal relations between South Sudan and Sudan is absolutely necessary
By Roger Alfred Yoron Modi
In his speech, during the signing of the Khartoum Declaration in Sudan a little over a week, SPLM/A-IO leader Dr Riek Machar said the Agreement will build confidence between Sudan and South Sudan and normalize the relations between the two countries.
“…the fact that north Sudan can assist South Sudan to become peaceful and stable and can assist South Sudan to revitalize its economy…it’s (…)


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