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Sudan: Rights body demands inquiry into protesters’ killings

July 9, 2019 (NAIROBI) – Sudanese leaders should facilitate the establishment and cooperate with the work of an effective international investigation into the killings of and abuses against protesters since December 2018, a rights body said on Monday.
“With hundreds killed and many more injured, the Sudanese people are entitled to demand answers and justice,” said Jehanne Henry, associate Africa director at Human Rights Watch.
“A credible, independent investigation into all the horrific (...)

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25 civil society organisations petition AU over militarization of public spaces in Khartoum

July 8, 2019 (KHARTOUM) – A coalition of 25 Sudanese and African civil society entities have petitioned the African Union over the militarization of public space, increase in sexual violence cases and intimidation in Sudan's capital, Khartoum.
The group, in a July 8 release, said during the 3 June massacres that took place in Khartoum, the Sudan Doctors' committee documented 70 cases of rape and sexual violence, adding that harassment in the aftermath of the massacres had continued to be (...)

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Sudan’s security forces storm opposition premises ahead of Sunday’s protests

June 29, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese security forces stormed the premises of the Sudanese Professionals (SPA) Association in Khartoum and prevented a press conference held on the eve of rallies the opposition plans to hold on Sunday.
The attack took place as the international community has called to ensure the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and warned against violence on the opposition groups which peacefully call for a civilian-led transitional authority. (...)

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Sudanese military are not serious about power transfer: opposition

April 30, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - The Freedom and Change forces Tuesday said the Transitional Military Council (TMC) was not serious about handing over power to a civilian authority.
Tensions have escalated on Tuesday between the military council and the opposition groups after accusations and counter-accusations between the two sides over the forced dispersion of the sit-in.
The military also said that the Freedom and Change forces come to the meeting with a different negotiating team and (...)

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Sudanese opposition says ready to engage in power transition talks

April 8, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - The forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change (DFC) have expressed readiness to engage in direct contacts with the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) to facilitate the peaceful transition of power in the country.
Last January, the Sudanese Professional Association and the opposition groups including the National Consensus Alliance, Sudan Call and the Unionist Gathering signed the DFC which calls on President Omer al-Bashir to step down and the removal of his regime. (...)

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Six Sudanese protesters killed as general strike continues

April 7, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors (CCSD) on Sunday said 6 protesters have been killed during the protests and the sit-in in front of the Sudanese army headquarters.
On Saturday, the opposition forces declared a general strike as well as an open-ended sit-in in front of the General Command of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) demanding the removal of the regime of President Omer al-Bashir.
The CCSD on Saturday said two protesters have been killed in West (...)

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Al-Mahdi calls on Sudanese to join Saturday’s rally, asks al-Bashir to resign

April 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - Leader of the opposition National Umma Party (NUP) al-Sadig al-Mahdi has called on President Omer al-Bashir to step down urging all Sudanese to take part in the 6 April rally.
The opposition forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change are organizing protests across Sudan on Saturday on the occasion of the 6 April 1985 uprising.
The main march would head to the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) general command building to ask the military to take the side of the (...)

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Sudanese hold protests in Khartoum ahead of big rally on Saturday

April 4, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - Several anti-government protests took place in the Sudanese capital on Thursday, as the police used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators.
Also, the Sudanese security apparatus surrounded the house of Omer al-Digair in Khartoum in a bid to re-arrest him before to broadcast a message in support of a big protest on 6 April the opposition groups are planning to hold.
The weekly protests which are coordinated by the Sudanese Professional Association (SPA) were (...)

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Army leadership reiterates rejection for political chaos in Sudan

April 3, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) Chief of Staff Kamal Abdel Maarouf announced on Wednesday that the army was backing its leadership and would not allow any "chaos" in the country.
The statement of the Sudanese military official comes three days before by a procession the opposition groups are planning next Saturday to the headquarters of SAF General Command to call it to stop its support to President Omer al-Bashir and take the side of the people and back calls for the (...)

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Sudan’s al-Bashir describes protesters’ economic demands as “legitimate”

April 1, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir vowed to exert every possible effort to achieve peace during this year describing the protesters' demands as “legitimate”.
Large protests have been ongoing across Sudanese cities since 19 December. The demonstrations first began over fuel shortages and a hike in food prices but have now morphed into full-fledged protests calling for al-Bashir to step down.
The Sudanese government has confirmed the deaths of 31 people in the (...)

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U.S. renews concern over arbitrary detention of Sudanese protesters

March 31, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - The United States on Sunday has renewed its concern over the continued use of extra-judicial detentions in response to the largely peaceful protests in Sudan.
On Sunday, U.S. Charge d'Affaires Steven Koutsis visited 88-year-old opposition leader and human rights activist, Siddiq Youssef, in his family home in Omdurman on the occasion of his release
In a press release on Sunday, U.S. embassy in Khartoum said Youssef was held in detention for 88 days without (...)

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Al-Mahdi awaiting right time to take part in Sudan’s protests: NUP

March 30, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - The National Umma Party (NUP) Saturday said its leader Sadiq al-Mahdi did not take part in a protest organised at the end of Friday prayers in Wad Nubawi neighbourhood of Omdurman because he is awaiting the right moment.
Worshipers used for more than three months to take to the street after the weekly prayer in the mosque of Al-Ansar sect on Friday chanting slogans calling for the departure of President Omer al-Bashir without al-Mahdi who performs the prayer at (...)

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Sudan Call’s withdrawal from negotiations opens doors for opposition unity : SLM-TC

March 25, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudan Liberation Movement-Transitional Council (SLM-TC) expressed its satisfaction with the recent decisions of the Sudan Call forces to suspend negotiations with the government and withdraw from the African Union road map.
The SLM-TC leader al-Hadi Idris Yahya said in statements to Sudan Tribune on Monday that the outcome of the recent Paris meeting opened the door wide for the opposition forces to stand up to confront the regime.
"The movement will be an (...)

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Sudanese journalists protests for press freedom

March 25, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - Dozens of journalists in the Sudanese capital on Monday staged a peaceful demonstration as they held banners calling for press freedom and the fall-down of the regime.
The protest was organised at the initiative of the Sudanese journalists Network (SJNET) which is a member of the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), the coordinator of the anti-government protests for more than three months.
The SJNET is a shadow organization and not recognized by the (...)

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Bashir should respond to the will of Sudanese people

By Mahmoud A. Suleiman
The will of the people is usually above the oppressive tool of the tyrants as is known throughout the history of mankind, but the tyrants like Omer al-Bashir of Sudan do not take the lessons of their failure to understand their peoples and their sick intransigence in the face of the evidence that guides them to understand the eternal truths and taking lessons.
This article comes, like its predecessor, against the backdrop of the outbreak of the Third Sudanese (...)

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Sudan’s al-Bashir failed to form lean government: allied forces

March 24, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - A coalition of groups allied to the Sudanese government, the 2020 Forces, criticised the newly formed government pointing that President Omer al-Bashir failed to observe his pledge to form a lean government.
On 22 February, President al-Bashir dissolved the government and declared the imposition of the state of emergency in a bid to end the anti-government protest movement. Also, he vowed to form a small government with qualified ministers to deal with economic (...)

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International envoys understand opposition’s stance on talks with government: Arman

March 24, 2019 (PARIS) - The international envoys to Sudan understand the position of Sudan Call from the negotiations with the Sudanese government, said Yasir Arman, the foreign relations official of the opposition alliance on Saturday.
The Sudan Call decided last Wednesday to withdraw from the roadmap for peace and democratic reforms and the armed groups engaged in a peace process with the government also decided to end the political talks.
By doing so, the opposition alliance aligned (...)

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Sudan reveals contacts with political opposition and armed groups

March 18, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese government on Monday has disclosed ongoing contacts between President Omer al-Bashir and the political opposition and armed groups to achieve a peaceful settlement to the Sudanese crisis.
Sudan's Minister of Information Hassan Ismail told the semi-official Sudan Media Center that the continued contacts have come a long way in this regard.
He added President al-Bashir stressed the contacts with the holdout opposition have achieved positive results, (...)

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