I want here to respond to some articles on a foreign aid worker and other Sudanese citizens whom accused recently of crimes against Sudanese National Security. Some circles want to portray them as innocent victims that arrested unfairly by the government of Sudan because it is against religion freedoms.

 

Yes, the two of Sudanese citizens are pastors, but it is absolutely false this was the reason. Being a member of any a religion sect is not a reason to be immune from law and justice if there are evidences of any kind of involvement in criminal activities. The mentioned citizens and the foreign aid worker have been accused of crimes against Sudanese national security. The Sudanese government is responsible of protecting the national security of the country and the rights of its people in safety, security and to be protected from rebel and armed movements and whoever provides those militias with any kind of support. It doesn’t make any difference if the accused person uses religion or humanitarian organization to cover his deeds or connections with criminal organizations. The mentioned people are being justly tried before an independent Sudanese court that made the process of the trial transparent and open to the public and foreign diplomatic missions including the US Embassy to Sudan.

The related authorities provided some materials and recorded evidences of the involvement of the mentioned persons in espionage and crimes against the state.

This trial has nothing to do with religion, color or race; other Muslims who are involved in this very case are facing the same case.

Mekki elmograbi

Media Counselor for Sudan Embassy in Washington DC

 

Embassy of Sudan Statement: RENEWAL OF U.S. SANCTIONS AGAINST SUDAN IS UNJUSTIFIED ROUTINE 

The Embassy of the Republic of the Sudan regrets for the executive order issued by the U.S. Administration renewing the sanctions against Sudan and considers it as an unjustified decision against human rights and Sudanese people.

In what has by now become an irrational routine so thoroughly entrenched in U.S. policy, the White House has once again renewed the completely, inexcusable unilateral sanctions that the U.S. has imposed against Sudan since 1997.  There is no question that this is an unproductive “leverage” that the U.S. government is solely misusing.  The maintenance of these sanctions for the past 19 years was premised on one false issue after another.  Their lifting has always been conditioned on goals that, once met by Sudan, invariably give birth to new ones that now become the condition.  Meanwhile, the innocent Sudanese continue to suffer under this policy that even the United Nations condemns as “legally and practically bankrupt”! Moreover, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Negative Impact of the Unilateral Coercive Measures on Human Rights, Idriss Jazairy has confirmed in a 2015 Report that the unilateral U.S sanction imposed on Sudan mounts to  a violation of Human Rights.  

The irony is that the National Security is cited as a reason for perpetuating the sanctions.  Yet they turn around and praise Sudan’s vital cooperation in counterterrorism in the State Department Annual Report on Terrorism for the past fourteen years.  It is completely confusing to have such a situation where the country that is allegedly said to threaten the U.S National Security is highly appreciated by the State Department in one of its latest statements, a part of which reads: "Sudan's continued cooperation will bolster international efforts to combat terrorism in broader region" .  What undoubtedly will jeopardize any National Security is the polarization and alienation that results from people perceiving a given set of actions or attitude as utterly unjust and uncalled for.  And unfortunately the Sudanese people which once highly regarded the U.S. government is increasingly adopting the same opinion and posture held by those in the Middle East.  Surely this is not the reputation one would want to create if the goal is to build a bridge. 

Sanctions  is a program intended to devastate communities wholesale and create unrest in countries.  There are examples where the U.S.-imposed “targeted” sanctions were directly responsible for the deaths of millions, half of whom were children.  And in Sudan, U.S. sanctions have only worked to compound the suffering of a population that is already weary from the global financial meltdown from which the world economies are reeling.  It is unfortunate that this administration has failed to rectify this colossal mistake and has instead opted to retain the failed policy.  The U.S. policy makers must at some point come to terms with the fact that times and circumstances do change.  And so routines must change, and it should begin by correcting this egregious policy responsible for economic injustices against the innocent citizens of Sudan.

African Union - United Nations Mission in Darfur

STATEMENT: UNAMID's Joint Special Representative (JSR), Martin Uhomoibhi

9 October 2016

Though the region of Darfur is relatively peaceful at this time, a small portion of Jebel Marra within Darfur continues to be intermittently volatile.

As the UN Secretary-General has always stressed, there can be no military solution to the conflict in the region. The challenge is: how can UNAMID best assist the Government of Sudan and the armed/non-signatory movements to stop fighting and engage in genuine political dialogue towards sustainable peace.

I welcome the unilateral declarations of cessation of hostilities in Darfur and call for the maintenance of these.

I welcome and support the on-going discussion on a cessation of hostilities document under the auspices of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel.

I met with Abdul Wahid in Paris, where he resides on July 11; upon my request he agreed to hold a meeting of the Sudan Liberation Army leadership cadres in mid-September of this year to consider joining the peace process. He asked for UNAMID’s assistance. I agreed to assist but asked for a formal written letter to process the request. He agreed to write immediately but till date, has failed to do so in spite of my writing two reminders.

I would like to use this opportunity to call on all members of the United Nations and respective Special Envoys of influential countries to exert necessary pressure on the Sudan Liberation Army/Abdul Wahid, to join the peace process.

A major plank of UNAMID’s mandate from the Security Council is to protect civilians in Darfur. UNAMID has encountered some challenges in implementing this responsibility in a small portion of Darfur.

Both sides in the conflict in Jebel Marra continue to hamper or deny access to the remaining enclave of the concerned armed movement in Darfur. UNAMID is not an interposition force. It is a peacekeeping force and needs collaboration of both sides in the conflict to protect all civilians.

I call on the International Community as well as all Special Envoys of countries concerned to exercise influence and ensure UNAMID has unrestricted access all over Jebel Marra.

However, UNAMID’s request for humanitarian access for protection of civilians purposes has no link with the recent Amnesty International’s claims on chemical weapons since the mandate to investigate use of chemical weapons belongs to a different organisation. Even with full access as agreed in the Status of Forces Agreement, UNAMID lacks mandate to investigate on use of chemical weapons.

Nonetheless, UNAMID has been requested to shed light on the claims in the Amnesty International’s report and the facts are as follows:

In spite of the almost 20,000 UNAMID personnel on the ground in Darfur, none of them has seen any Darfuri with the impact of the use of chemical weapons as described by Amnesty International’s report;

Not one displaced person meeting such description has shown up at any UNAMID Team Site clinics where they would have naturally gone for help.

Amnesty International claimed to have made calls into Jebel Marra but did not for once call any of the almost 20,000 UN personnel all over Darfur, including in places like Sortony and Nertiti within a stone throw from the places where chemical weapons were reported to have been used.

Not one among the leadership of the Armed Movements in Darfur discussed use of chemical weapons with me or my Deputy during several meetings spanning January, April, May, July, August and September this year.

UNAMID's Joint Special Representative (JSR), Martin Uhomoibhi

Report: New Information on the involvement of Darfuri Rebels in the conflict in Libya

Background:

In December 2011, Great Lakes Conference in Uganda classified two major Darfuri rebel groups - Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) - as negative forces that should be combated by African governments and international community. For more than five years, he Darfuri armed groups are serving as mercenaries for conflict parties in both South Sudan and Libya, they became one of the biggest threats to stability in the region. Early February this year, news agencies reported that 30 SLM elements were killed during clashes in Kufra in the southern part of Libya. The Sudanese army and Libyan officials accused Darfuri rebels of waves of armed robbery and attacks on civilians in other parts of Libya.

New information from Sudanese Media Center (SMC):

New information from SMC agency says Al-Raheema Ismail who is a dissident from JEM disclosed that the movement is supporting the Libyan “Karma forces” of Major General Khalifa Haftar and other groups affiliated to "Karma". Speaking to the agency last week, Ismail said that a considerable number of JEM leaders are planning to increase their elements with Haftar. Other sources confirm the contribution of other movements: Minawi, Abd Alwahid, Karbinu group led by Abu Tanga, Unity group led by Abbud Khatir, and more militias and factions.

List of atrocities:

Reliable sources and documents confirmed atrocities committed by Darfuri movements that supporting General Haftar, the practices include:

  1. Armed robbery in several places in Libya
  2. Arms smuggling along Libyan south-west borders
  3. Human trafficking and facilitating illegal immigrants’ movement from Africa to Europe
  4. Robbing banks in several Libyan cities
  5. Robbing people in domestic mining areas
  6. Launching an attack on Tuareg and Tabu tribes in March 2015
  7. Clashes between elements of Sudan Liberation Movement with the rebels of the Subul Al-Salam
  8. Looting Libyan oil fields in Sareer and Zalla
  • Sources say that other reports contain more detailed information

Press Statement

South Sudan’s Support of Armed Sudanese Opposition Groups

Mark C. Toner
Deputy Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 20, 2016

 

The United States calls on the Government of the Republic of South Sudan to comply with its commitments to cease harboring or providing support for Sudanese armed opposition groups, as required by UN Security Council Resolution 2046 (2012). Despite its obligations under international law and repeated agreements between the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the Government of Sudan to end such support, credible reports continue to indicate the Government of the Republic of South Sudan is harboring and providing assistance to armed Sudanese opposition groups. We urge South Sudan's leaders to redouble their efforts to meet the commitments they recently reached with Sudan under which both sides agreed to end support for armed opposition groups on either side.

The presence of Sudanese armed opposition forces in South Sudan, and their involvement in South Sudan’s internal conflicts, destabilizes both Sudan and South Sudan. It is, moreover, a violation of the terms of the Agreement for the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan. We call on the Government of the Republic of South Sudan to ensure Sudanese armed opposition groups are not in a position to conduct armed operations within South Sudan or across the border in Sudan. We call on the Government of South Sudan to either expel Sudanese armed opposition groups or disarm them and place them in cantonment.

We also urge both Sudan and South Sudan to fully respect the 2012 Agreement on Security Arrangements, and withdraw their armed forces from the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone.

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