Clerics promoting violence in South Sudan, says VP

April 22, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan vice-president, James Wani Igga has, in an unexpected move, accused the clergy of promoting violence in the young nation by allegedly spreading hate messages.
Igga, while addressing the congregation at All Saint Cathedral Church of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan in Juba Sunday, claimed some said some clergymen were orchestrators of violence.
“Some clergymen have resorted to preaching against personalities in this country. They misinforming (…)


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Rights defenders call for international pressures over arbitrary detention in Sudan

April 21, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Over fifty human rights defenders form Sudan, United Kingdom and the United States have called on the African Union and United Nations to put the needed pressure on Khartoum government to end arbitrary detention and improve the deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation in Sudan.
In a letter addressed to the UN Secretary-General, African Union Commission, and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the signatories said the release of 50 political (…)


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Sudan’s militia stops 66 illegal migrants in North Darfur

April 21, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Rapid Support Forces (RSF) Saturday managed to arrest a group of 66 migrants with their smugglers in the remote North Darfur area of Wadi Hawar, in a joint operation with the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS).
NISS Director in North Darfur State Brigadier General Awad al-Qurashi said that the operation was carried out in coordination and cooperation with the RSF militiamen deployed in the remote area.
He further told the official news (…)


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Sudan’s al-Bashir, Ethiopia’s premier discuss bilateral relations

April 21, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed Ali on Saturday discussed bilateral cooperation between the two countries in all fields.
Al-Bashir, who arrived in Ethiopia on Friday to take part in Tana Forum which is hosted by the Ethiopian city of Bahr Dar from 21 to 22 April, met with Ethiopia’s premier on Saturday.
During the meeting, al-Bashir stressed the Sudanese government and people support for Ethiopia in order to achieve (…)


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Thousands of IDPs and refugees returned to Blue Nile: official

April 20, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – A government official at the Blue Nile State on Friday said thousands of refugees have recently returned to the state from South Sudan and Ethiopia.
Blue Nile State and neighbouring South Kordofan state have been the scene of violent conflict between the SPLM-N and the Sudanese army since 2011.
The commissioner of Bau county of the Blue Nile State Abdel-Ghani Digais said his county is witnessing the voluntary return of displaced persons as well as refugees from (…)


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N. Darfur governor criticises UNAMID delay of stabilisation plan

April 20, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Governor of North Darfur, Abdel-Wahid Youssef, has criticized the slow pace of the hybrid peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in implementing the stabilisation plan in his state, said the official news agency SUNA
On Thursday, Youssef met with the UN independent expert on the human rights situation in Sunday, Aristide Nononsi, in North Darfur capital, El-Fasher.
During the meeting, the governor called for a changing the Mission’s mandate in order to make use (…)


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Official reveals alleged plot to “assassinate” ex-army chief

April 19, 2018 (NAIROBI) – A senior member of South Sudan United Front (SSUF), an opposition movement led by former military chief of staff, General Paul Malong Awan, claimed they have unearthed an alleged plot by the Juba government to “assassinate” their leader.
“It has come to our attention that the Government of South Sudan has deployed secret agents and foreign assassins with plans to bring harm to the leader ofSouth Sudan United Front, Gen. Paul Malong Awan, his family members, and (…)


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Sudan’s al-Bashir fires foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour

April 19, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s President Omer al-Bashir relieved his foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour said the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA) on Thursday evening.
In a very short wire, SUNA reported that al-Bashir issued a presidential decree removing Ghandour from his position. Also, the decision was announced in less than three hours after the return of the president from Saudi Arabia where he participated in the 29th Arab League summit.
Observers in Khartoum believe that the (…)


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UN sanctions committee briefed on situation in South Sudan

April 18, 2018 (JUBA) – Members of the United Nations Security Council Committee, established pursuant to resolution 2206 (2015) concerning South Sudan, were briefed by the Panel of Experts on South Sudan in connection with the Panel’s final report, which was submitted in pursuance of paragraph 2 of resolution 2353 (2017).
During the deliberations, held on 11 April, the Committee reportedly considered the Panel’s findings with respect to the political and security situation in South Sudan; (…)


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South Sudan presidency denies arresting adviser

April 18, 2018 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese presidency has dismissed as propaganda reports alleging presidential adviser on military affairs, Daniel Awet Akot has been placed under house arrest, causing speculations and warning such actions could spark unrest.
The presidential adviser on security affairs. Tut Kew Gatluak denied that Akot is under house arrest, saying he was unaware of the top aide’s detention.
“I am not aware of this allegation. I spoke to Gen Daniel today and he did not (…)


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EU envoys express concern over the situation in Abyei

April 18, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Ambassadors of the European Union (EU) on Wednesday have expressed concern about the situation of the people in the disputed Abyei region.
In a statement at the end of a two-day visit to the region, EU Ambassadors said the “objective of the visit was to examine the political, security, development and humanitarian situation on the ground”.
“The European diplomats held meetings with the leaders of Ngok Dinka and Misserya and Dinka Agok, representatives of the (…)


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Halayeb’s dispute must be resolved through direct talks or international arbitration: Sudan’s FM

April 18, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said his country wouldn’t accept any proposal to hold a referendum or allow joint administration for the disputed Halayeb triangle.
Speaking to the lawmakers on Wednesday, the Sudanese top diplomat renewed his country’s non-negotiable right to full sovereignty over the region, saying the dispute should be settled either through negotiations or international arbitration.
He pointed out that Sudan recalled its ambassador to (…)


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IGAD postpones resumption of S. Sudan revitalization process

April 17, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan peace revitalization talks have been postponed sine die, announced the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) in a short statement released on Tuesday.
Last March, the IGAD Council of Ministers agreed to resume Phase II of the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) on 26 April. It was also decided that the Special Envoy had to hold consultations meetings with the process’s parties and stakeholder to narrow the gaps on governance and security (…)


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IGAD postpones resumption of S. Sudan revitalization process

April 17, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan peace revitalization talks have been postponed sine die, announced the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) in a short statement released on Tuesday.
Last March, the IGAD Council of Ministers agreed to resume Phase II of the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) on 26 April. It was also decided that the Special Envoy had to hold consultations meetings with the process’s parties and stakeholder to narrow the gaps on governance and security (…)


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Sudan’s ruling party to hold dialogue with holdout parties

April 17, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) on Tuesday said it would engage in a deep dialogue with the opposition forces during the next period.
In press statements on Tuesday, NCP deputy chairman of political sector Mohamed al-Mustafa said some holdout political parties have expressed desire to address national issues particularly ways to end the war and achieve peace.
He pointed out that the stated desire of the holdout parties would pave the way for holding (…)


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Family of former Sudan army chief dismiss death reports

April 16, 2018 (JUBA) – The family of South Sudan’s army chief of staff, General James Ajonga Mawut have dismissed reports alleging he died in a neighbouring nation.
They described the reports circulating as a “blessing” to Ajonga.
“From onset we would like to state categorically that there is nothing much to worry about and to inform the general public that your son and leader, General James Ajonga is responding well and will soon return home to live among his people and continue to (…)


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Rape cases in Darfur remain high despite improvement of security situation

April 16, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sexual assaults remain high in Darfur region despite the improvement of security situation in Darfur, said the UN Secretary general in a report to the Security Council on conflict-related sexual violence released on Monday.
“While the rate of new displacements was lower in 2017 than in previous years, and humanitarian access had improved, sexual violence remained prevalent, owing to a volatile security environment awash with small arms and light weapons, (…)


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Sudan, Darfur armed groups kick off informal talks in Germany

April 16, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government and two armed groups from Darfur, Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and Sudan Liberation Movement Minni Minnawi (SLM-MM) Monday have started a two-day informal consultations meeting in Berlin.
In a joint statement extended to Sudan Tribune Monday, the two armed movements said the meeting is being held in an exceptional political, economic and security situation in Sudan.
They expressed hope that the government delegation came to Berlin (…)


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