Darfur Union in the UK: Notice of AGM for Darfur Union – 5th February 2018 

Darfur Union in the UK: Notice of AGM for Darfur Union – 5th February 2018  

   

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Darfur Union in the UK will be held at 1 pm on the 5th of February 2018 at the Sudanese Darfur Association in Leicester – please refer to the address below:

19 Brunswick Street

Leicester

LE1 2LP 

The meeting will be held for the following purposes:

1. To give an overview of the Darfur Union work, activities and challenges over the course of the last two years. 

2. To elect new legislative council members for the upcoming term (2018-2020). 

Your attendance on time is important to help facilitate a smooth execution of the agenda.  

For more info please do not hesitate to contact us on the following numbers:-

Mohammed Ishaq – DU Secretary General – 07445973996

Elsadig A. Elnor. Chairman – DU – 07478258243
Elsadig A. Elnor

Chairman, Darfur Union in the UK

Website: https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com

Email: darfurunionintheuk@gmail.com

Twitter handle: @Darfurunionuk

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إتحاد دارفور بالمملكة المتحدة: إعلان دعوة لحضور إجتماع الجمعية العمومية لإتحاد دارفور بالمملكة المتحدة – ٥ فبراير ٢٠١٨

  

إتحاد دارفور بالمملكة المتحدة: إعلان دعوة لحضور إجتماع الجمعية العمومية لإتحاد دارفور بالمملكة المتحدة – ٥ فبراير ٢٠١٨

يتشرف المكتب التنفيذي والمجلس التشريعي لإتحاد دارفور بالمملكة المتحدة (دورة ٢٠١٦-٢٠١٨) بدعوتكم لحضور إجتماع الجمعية العمومية ( العادية ) للوقوف على تقرير عمل الاتحاد خلال العامين الماضيين وأيضاً لإنتخاب مجلس تشريعي جديد يتسلم زمام الأمور وِفقاً لنظم ودستور الإتحاد. هذا فقد تم تحديد الزمان والمكان أدناهما لعقد إجتماع الجمعية العمومية للإتحاد. 

الزمان:- يوم السبت، الخامس من شهر فبراير ٢٠١٧، الساعة الواحدة ظهراً

المكان:- جمعية أبناء دارفور بمدينة ليستر

19 Brunswick Street

Leicester

LE1 2LP 

نرجو من الإخوة والأخوات الحرص على الحضور في الزمان المحدد. 

للاستفسار الرجاء الاتصال على الارقام التالية

الصادق علي النور – رئيس المكتب التنفيذي لإتحاد دارفور بالمملكة المتحدة – 07478258243

محمد إسحق – الأمين العام لإتحاد دارفور بالمملكة المتحدة – 07445973996  

ولكم جزيل الشكر،

مع أطيب المُنى. 

محمد إسحق

الأمين العام لإتحاد دارفور بالمملكة المتّحدة

الموقع: https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com

إيميل: darfurunionintheuk@gmail.com

تويتر: @darfurunionuk

Darfur Union in the UK – Ratko Mladic Sentenced to Life in Prison – Bashir to ICC

Ratko Mladic – Bashir ICC Express  
It took more than 22 years for the victims of the Bosnian war (Srebrenica genocide) and their relatives to see the sentencing of main perpetrator before their eyes. 

Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb military commander, just like Karadzic, Mladic was also known as the “Butcher of Bosnia” was found guilty of genocide by a UN tribunal at The Hague and sentenced to life in prison.  The crimes were committed by the Bosnian Serb forces between 1992-1995 were partly directed by Mladic, and as a result he was sentenced on on Wednesday (22nd November 2017). It is worth mentioning that Karadzic was sentenced by the very court a year and half ago for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.   

The waiting game is one of the most cruel aspect of the justice system, yet it is important to prove with damning evidence and beyond no reasonable doubt that the person(s) in question has acted with intent to cause such havoc and atrocities.   

22 years after Mladic indictment by the ICC, he got tangled by the architecture of international law. The very justice he denied his victims was offered to him, yet the indicators and evidence of atrocities his soldiers committed against the innocent people of Bosnia were overwhelming and justice eventually prevailed. 

Between Bashir of Sudan and Karadzic & Mladic of Serbia

The Rhetoric is almost identical. Back in 1993, amid the vicious war against the people of Srebrenica, Karadzic and Mladic were asked by international journalists about ‘alleged systematic crimes by his troops’ against the innocent population of Srebrenica and the selective targeting on the basis of religious belief and ethnicity. They stood up dismissing the ‘allegation’ and the world double standard against their government, lack of evidence and lastly emphasised on the right their government has to run the country by the way ‘they’ see suit. 
Years later the very words were echoed/ been used by Bashir of Sudan in his denial of any wrong doing in Darfur. Bashir Infamous Speech in Elfashir in March 2009, in a defiant act after his indictment by the ICC he said “Anyone who supports the court is under my shoe, http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-sudanbashir9-2009mar09-story.html”. He went on and on using colourful words to describe the former general prosecutor of the ICC as well as to claim the reported numbers of dead in Darfur were fabricated,m; it was not 300000 as the west claimed, it is JUST 10000!   

7 years ago, where Luis Ocampo, the former general prosecutor of the ICC, announced that his team have gathered enough evidence to prosecute Omer Bashir, the sitting president of Sudan, for crimes committed under his commands, that counts for the following:

5 counts for crimes against humanity

2 counts of war crimes

3 counts of genocide

The gathering of evidence was concluded by the 12th of July 2010, under the statue of Rome. Two warrants of arrest issued by the Pre Trial Chamber are out there, and the perpetrator (Bashir) is still at large. 

Since then, several light attempts were put in place to arrest Bashir, in Kenya, Nigeria and the last one was in South Africa, June 2015. During Bashir visit to participate in AU summit, an interim order was made by the high court in Pretoria, barring President Bashir from leaving South Africa, after civil organisations called for his arrest on the basis of an ICC warrant. Bashir managed to escape after the executive bodies failed to conduct the judiciary orders. The South African appeal court has accused the government of “disgraceful conduct” in allowing Sudanese president (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/16/south-african-court-rules-failure-to-detain-omar-al-bashir-was-disgraceful). This came as an embarrassment to SA government, and as a huge disappointment to the people of Sudan in Darfur, and justice advocates around the world. Nonetheless, the ICC prosecution case against Bashir has proved to be a source of discomfort to the perpetrator and his government, and it is a source of inspiration for the people of the region. Since the indictment, Bashir and his militias have waged a viscous war in Darfur.  As of the 18th of March 2016, UN OCHA have reported up to 98000 civilians fleeing the violence in Western Darfur.  Bashir has also extended his genocidal plans to the regions of Nuba Mountains and Blue Niles. 

Only a few weeks ago Bashir visited the crime since, Darfur and decided he wanted to go to one of the largest IDP camps in South Darfur State, as his he was received as a hero returning back to his people! The people of Sudan in that region revolted at the thought of Bashir visiting the camp and organised a peaceful protest a day before the visit, thoughts were crying out load “Bashir to ICC). Th Sudan president’ ego was hurt and he ordered his troops to put an end to the peaceful demo. The rapid speed force entered the camp and use excessive force to disrupt the demo. The aggression by RSF has lead to some people left injuries and others imprisoned. 
Darfur Union in the United Kingdom calls upon the international community to put pressure on the Sudan government to allow access of aid agencies to war affected areas in Darfur. 

* plea to the UK, US and EU and UN, to stand with the people of Sudan in Darfur, Blue Nile State and Nuba Mountains, by putting pressure on the government of Sudan, to allow aid and humanitarian agencies to have full access to the affected areas.

* Another request is to give the ICC the necessary supports to opening new investigations into breaches of international laws in Darfur and Nuba Mountains. furthermore, to put pressure on member states and signatories to execute the arrest order when Bashir visit or uses air space.     

* Most importantly, the support that is given by the UK to the UNAMID forces, we asked that is continue in conjunction with reform in the organisation that will enable the force to execute the UN mandate in Darfur. To protect the force from further cuts. 
• All the previous ‘peace agreement’, including the Doha Document for Peace have failed to bring about hint of peace to the region. Mass killing, mass rape, enforced displacement of people has continued. A long lasting peace process requires the International Community to play its diplomatic role, in bring all involved parties, including civil societies to have the voices of the masses heard.
•   It is high time to address Sudan government’s plans to dismantle the IDP camps across Darfur. (https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/darfur-union-in-the-uk-position-on-darfur-referendum-by-al-bashir-government/)
It is high time for the world to live to its pledge of NEVER AGAIN. 

Together we can make a difference and give a voice to the voiceless. 

Press Office, Darfur Union in the United Kingdom

Website: https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com

Email: darfurunionintheuk@gmail.com

Twitter handle: @Darfurunionuk

نعي أليم – وفاة الأخ عبدالكريم أبكر الحاج

نعي أليم – وفاة الأخ عبدالكريم أبكر الحاج

 

  

  

يقول الله تعالى في سورة البقرة : ( وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُمْ بِشَيْءٍ مِنَ الْخَوْفِ وَالْجُوعِ وَنَقْصٍ مِنَ الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَنْفُسِ وَالثَّمَرَاتِ وَبَشِّرِ الصَّابِرِينَ * الَّذِينَ إِذَا أَصَابَتْهُمْ مُصِيبَةٌ قَالُوا إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ * أُولَئِكَ عَلَيْهِمْ صَلَوَاتٌ مِنْ رَبِّهِمْ وَرَحْمَةٌ وَأُولَئِكَ هُمُ الْمُهْتَدُونَ ) البقرة/ 155 – 157

بمزيد من الحزن والأسى ينعي إتحاد دارفور بالمملكة المتحدة المغفور له باذن الله الاخ عبدالكريم أبكر الحاج والذى وافته المنيه اليوم الاثنين ٠٩ مارس ٢٠١٧ بمدينة بيرمنجهام، راجين من الله عز وجل ان يرحمه ويتقبله قبول حسن وان يلزم اهله الصبر والسلوان وحسن العزاء. والتعازي موصولة للاهل بالمملكة المتحدة والسودان وحول العالم. 

إنّا لله وإنّا إليه راجعون

بابكر سليمان 

أمانة أمانة الشؤون الإجتماعية – إتحاد دارفور بالمملكة المتحدة

الموقع : https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com

إيميل: darfurunionintheuk@gmail.com

EU pays Sudan blood-money to stop migrant routes

EU pays Sudan blood-money to stop migrant routes
By Matt Broomfield for The New Arab

  
Janjaweed militias fighting for the regime have been linked to human rights atrocities [AFP]EU governments are silencing their internal concerns over massive human rights violations in Sudan while paying out money to prevent the flow 

The European Union is paying Sudan to stem the flow of migrants into Europe – despite internal worries the money will help Khartoum commit atrocities against its own citizens.

Internal government correspondence, seen by The New Arab, clearly shows the UK’s desire to choke off migration flows into Europe is being prioritised over concerns about collaborating with a human rights-abusing regime.

The news comes after the United States on Friday decided to “formally revoke” a number of economic sanctions against Sudan, following months of discussions over human rights concerns.

In a series of memos obtained via a Freedom of Information request, UK civil servants fretted over “reputational damage” and black marks on Khartoum’s human rights record while also approving hundreds of millions of dollars in aid.

Osama Mahmoud is the press officer of diaspora campaign group the Darfur Union. “People tend not to remember that the Sudanese government is responsible for the longest-running genocide in the world,” he told The New Arab.

Click on the link below for the rest of the article 

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/indepth/2017/10/9/eu-pays-sudan-blood-money-to-stop-migrant-routes

Darfur Union in the UK: Belgium Government is Consulting Genocidré Ambassador Mutrif Siddig on the Fate of Sudanese Migrants at Detention Centres in Belgium

Darfur Union in the UK: Belgium Government is Consulting Genocidré Ambassador Mutrif Siddig on the Fate of Sudanese Migrants at Detention Centres in Belgium  
After the recent rise of hostilities by the government in Sudan against the people of Sudan in Darfur, Blue Nile State and Nuba Mountains plus the prosecution of Students in the White Nile State and in the capital Khartoum, some of the world powers seem turning a blind eye on the crimes committed by GoS on the soil of Sudan. More worrying is that the desperate Sudanese from the marginalised areas fleeing the oppression of Bashir regime by making the dangerous journey from Africa to Europe, are now having to be assessed by their oppressors in Europe, and Italy and Belgium are the prime example. 

Sudanese Ambassador to Belgium, Mutrif Siddig, is also GoS highest envoy to the European Union, has been chosen carefully for this post to be Bashir eyes in Europe. He has open channels with the Belgian government to bush on Sudan role on “tackle migration from the Horn of Africa to Europe” on the back of the so called Khartoum Process. 

Mutrif and his team at the Sudanese embassy in Brussel were called last week to verify the identity of some 80 asylum seekers from Sudan, before they are deported to Khartoum. Alexis Dessofan from Human Rights Watch of Belgium said this is a direct violation of Human Rights by the Belgian government, the prime minister Charles Michel, his Foreign Minister Didier Reynders and Theo Francken, the Belgium’s Asylum and Migration State Secretary. 

It is not safe to remove Darfuri Asylums from the UK to Sudan. The case of Mohammed Ahmed, Sudanese Darfuri asylum returning from Israel was evident of the violence facing returning asylum seekers to Sudan. He was killed in cold blood by NISS at their office on his return to Khartoum (Khartoum international airport). 

Furthermore, back in February 2016, the African Union pledged 1.8 billion euros (granted by the European Union and the UK, ref. 1) to tackle the migration crisis, mainly from Africa to Europe. 100 million Euros was directed to Sudan to implement policies and projects that will help limit the flow of migrants from and travelling through the country. Sudan when along and build prisons in eastern Sudan, in the desert, near Sawakin, and returned refugees from Italy and migrants crossing Sudan from the Horn of Africa were detained there in inhuman conditions. Their only escape route is to give money to the prison guards. Women and children over there are the most vulnerable groups. Reports of human trafficking and missing individual surface regularly from there.  

The aforementioned initiative, turned project, failed to acknowledge the root cause for migration in Africa in general and specifically in Sudan. The government of Sudan has been waging war against its people over the last two decades. As of December 2015, Sudan had approximately 3.2 million internally displaced people, which was the world record for that year.

  

*Who is he?*

Mutrif Siddig is one of the main players of National Congress Party behind the war waged against the civilians of South Sudan back in the 90s. He was among GoS delegation to meet Osama Bin Laden in Hyderabad, Pakistan in more than one occasion in the early nineties which open the floodgate for the influx of extremists from around the world to Sudan. 

Mutrif was also one of the main masterminds behind the failed assassination attempts of the former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak back in Addis Abba in June 1995 (ref. 2).

Moreover, he was the GoS chief negotiator to get Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army from Uganda to the area of Bahar Alarab at border between Sudan and South Sudan as a retaliation/ ammo against the Ugandan regime. 

Mutrif made his way through the ranks of the National Islamic from from young age by becoming a member of the Front during his university years in Sudan as he was known as the notorious violent members of the Front particularly during debates with others at the Maine Avenue, University of Khartoum. The most infamous assault by him was that against a member of Sudan Republican Brotherhood Ahmed Mustafa Eldali, back in the seventies. Elddali is now residing in the US and is the head of the Republican Brotherhood. 

Mutrif made it to the top after 1999 split of the National Islamic Front and he became one of Bashir trusted allies. As a reward, he held the post of deputy head of National security Abroad after he successfully transformed the NISS prisons into the notorious Ghost houses. 

In short Mutrif Siddig is Bashir dirt handler and Wikileaks (ref. 3) cables about Sudan mentioned that there are unconfirmed reports suggesting that Mutrif name is amount 51 others from Sudan which will be indicted by the international Criminal Court. 

*Conclusion and a Plea*

Therefore, any attempt in making Mutrif and his team coming close to the vulnerable people at the refugees centres across Belgium is a criminal act that will never be forgiven and activists across Europe and globe, and Darfur Union in the UK is among them will seek justice by reach out to European court of Human Rights, ICC, UN, the Attorney General of Belgium.  

Darfur Union in the UK calls upon all the activists in Belgium and Europe to put pressure on the Belgian and Italian governments to keep GoS away from the diaspora as well as to refrain from committing human rights violation by removing them to Sudan. 

Furthermore, the presence of Mutrif Siddig in Belgium is a risk not only on the Sudanese refugees in Belgium but on Belgium and its people given his track records with regards to terrorism.  

A copy of this statement will be sent to the following:-

Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Belgium

Attorney General Office – Belgium

FCO – The Sudans Desk

Head of Communications for Fatou Bensouda Office and Darfur Desk – ICC

European Court of Justice

European Count of Human Rights

The State Department – Sudan and South Sudan Desk

Darfur Union in Belgium
Press Office – Darfur Union in the UK

Website: https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com 

Email: darfurunionintheuk@gmail.com

Twitter handle: @darfurunionuk
Ref. 1:- Darfur Union in the UK Stands on the Proposed €100 million Grant to Sudan to Tackle Migration

https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/darfur-union-in-the-uk-stands-on-the-proposed-e100-million-grant-to-sudan-to-tackle-migration/
Ref. 2:- Mubarak narrowly escapes gunmen

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/mubarak-narrowly-escapes-gunmen-1588511.html?amp

Ref. 3:-INITIAL REACTION TO SUDAN STRATEGY ROLL OUT MUTED AND CAUTIOUS – 09KHARTOUM1188_a

https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/09KHARTOUM1188_a.html

Darfur Union in the UK: Kalma IDP Refusal To Welcome Bashir Met with a Massacre in South Darfur at the Hands of the Government of Sudan

Darfur Union in the UK: Kalma IDP Refusal To Welcome Bashir Met with a Massacre in South Darfur at the Hands of the Government of Sudan  

  
Bashir and his government have planned to end the month of September by showing the whole world that the people of Sudan in Darfur do rally behind them. Bashir decided to visit Darfur, particularly IDP camp’s such as Kalma , the largest in southern Darfur on Sept. 22nd. The chiefs of the Kalma IDP camps made it clear that the people in Kalma were not happy to meet Bashir, the perpetrator, the orchestrator of genocide against the people of Sudan in Darfur. They made it clear that they prefer for Bashir to go to the International Criminal Court to face justice as shown in photos accompanying this statement. Bashir delayed his visit there to Kalma and decided to start his trip by visiting West Darfur and the governor there gathered some people for him to meet. The speech by Bashir was incoherent and as per usual he was blaming everyone but his government for the war in Sudan. He continued to say that he will encourage the governor of West Darfur, Fadel Almoula Elhija, to kick start the conversion of the IDP camps in his state to mini towns/ districts to resettle the people there. Not at any point he mentioned the return of the people to their original lands or compensations. One direct quote from his speech was “the war on Darfur has cost Sudan many lives, so we will invest in setting up midwifery so to that the people of the Darfur in these IPD camps will reproduce and deliver babies in a correct, healthy manors to repopulate Darfur” end of quote. 

Still not welcome in Kalma IDP camp

It has become clear that the people of Sudan in Kalma were not going to bow to government pressure to receive Bashir with open arms. Bashir ego was hurt and decided to go there. A few miles north the camp, the local government orchestrated/ setup a small rally consist of Rapid Speed Force (RSF) personals and others in showcase to media that Bashir made the visit and he was welcomed by locals. In the camp, the people stood peacefully and carried posters calling for the visit to be cancelled and the perpetrator is not welcome there. The government then ordered RSF militia backed by Apache helicopters to teach the people of Sudan in Kalma a lesson. 

Live round of ammunition were fired at the bare chested civilians which lead to killing of 5 persons. 25 others were injured and 6 more were unaccounted for as reports suggested that they were kidnapped by the Rapid Speed Forced. 

Below are the lists of casualties, dead and injured

List of dead persons

1. Ishag Abakar Adam , 65 years old, Centre 6

2. Ibrahim Adam Idriss , 38 years old , Centre 4

3. Arafa Mohammed Adam , 48 years old, Centre 2

4. Ishag Salih Adam , 65 years, Centre 7

5. Fatima Adam Salih , 35 years old, Centre 6
List of Injured persons

1. Abdelsalam Ishag old, 67 years old, Centre 6

2. Mohammed Adam Omer Mahmoud, 17 years old, Centre 6

3. Ammar Adam Abdelmoula, 17 years old, Centre 3

4. Imam Abdel Mahmoud Abdel Gabar, 22 years old, Centre 2

5. Haitham Dawoud Belal, 18 years old, Centre 3

6. Suliman Adam Eltahir, 20 years old, Centre 6

7. Wali Eddin Abbaker Ismail, 14 years old, Centre 5

8. Jiddo Omer Abdelshafi, 35 years old, Centre 2

9. Yagoub Mahmoud Abbaker, 43 years old, Centre 2

10. Hassan Adam Mohammed Abdallah, 50 years old, Centre 2

11. Mohammed Mahmoud Badawi, 25 years old, Centre 2 

12. Hussien Ibrahim Abu Algasim, 35 years, Centre 7

13. Musa Ishag Jumma, 24 years, Centre 4

14. Hassan Hussien Mustafa, 26 years old, Centre 6

15. Yassir Yousif Mahmoud, 25 years old, Centre 4

16. Ishag Shareef, 62 years old, Centre 7

17. Yousif Adam Abdelrahman, 36 years old, Centre 7

18. Yousif Ibrahim Omer, 19 years old, Centre 6

19. Abdelbaggi Haroun Eissa, 46 years old, Centre 2

20. Al-sudi Omer Idriss Ishag, 29 years old, Centre 1

21. Kaltoma Omer, 23 years old, Centre 2

22. Fatima Adam Abdel Rahman, 52 years old, Centre 2

23. Hawa Musa Haroun, 36 years old, Centre 1

24. Nasir Eddin Mohammed Omer Zakaria, 43 years old, Centre 4

25. Suliman Adam Altahir, 55 years old, Centre 4

As a result the intended rally was further delayed by GoS. However, the situation is still tense and more government retaliation is expected. 

UNAMID has issued a statement calling for “restraint in clashes between government forces and internally displaced at Kalma camp, South Darfur” (ref. 3). In the case of GoS against the people of Sudan in Darfur, the marginalised people of Sudan, the legislator, the investigator, the prosecutor, the judge and the enforcer are all tied to the GoS and they never deviate from the tight line drawn by the government.   

Furthermore, Bashir regime continuous flirtatious behaviour with international community with regards to terrorism and migration provided them with some immunity from questioning when it comes to the human rights violations. 

The longest ongoing genocide in Darfur has entered its 14-15th year and the silence is deafening. Nonetheless, our people always strives for unity with other fellow Sudanese to promote our just case and to pursue the justice against the perpetrators. 

Darfur Union in the UK will continue to knock on all important doors in attempts to exert more pressure on the GoS to stop the prosecution of our people, to stop the genocide. Also, there a huge responsibility on the people of Sudan to unite, and for the opposition to take a lead and be more vocal when it comes to the safety of the vulnerable people. 

The international community lead by the US, UK, EU and UN should be very wary of rewarding the GoS any political or economical gains which will signal full endorsement of GoS actions on the ground. 

GoS have not fulfil the criteria for the economic sanctions to be lifted. This decision should be directly tied with human rights situation in the country which is beyond dire at the moment. 

It is a worth reminder that ca. 40 organisations, individuals and governments across the world had submitted written and oral evidence with regards to the relationship between UK and GoS, and the evidence was submitted to the APPG . Darfur Union in the UK was one of the organisations to summit evidence which argued against the continuing of bilateral relationship between Her Majesty’s Government and the Government of Sudan (lead by the ICC indictee Omer Al-Bashir). One of the main evidence was GoS harbouring terrorist organisations and providing gateway to ISIS (see Ref. 1). For example the notorious militia from Uganda, the Lord’s Resistance Army, is said to reside in southern Darfur – Bahar Al-Arab area, just near the border of South Sudan. Recently, unconfirmed reports have surfaced of ISIS cells in eastern and north western Darfur. Despite all of this, it is still proposed that Sudan is given resources to act as a gatekeeper with regards to refugees from the Horn of Africa.

Furthermore, the Sudanese regime gave permission for ISIS to establish a club at the University of Medical Sciences and Technology in Khartoum. The government continues to provide sanctuary to terrorists and serves as a fertile recruitment ground for ISIS (as highlighted by the US State Department). For instance, 21 British Sudanese students studying at that very university have joined ISIS to participate in the jihadi war waged against the innocent citizens of the world (Reported in the Guardian, the Telegraph, BBC, and correspondence of the FCO). 

In conclusion, diplomacy and negotiations are often the best approaches to solve problems, overcome atrocities, and to bring about a lasting peace that would help in healing the wounds and despair of war. However, justice is an ever accompanying factor of peace in the formula of stability. Both usually go side by side. 

The government of Sudan has committed war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Darfur, and currently they are repeating the same scenario in Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile State. The war in Darfur is not over yet and scores of people fled western Darfur to IDP camps across the province over the 2nd quarter of 2017. Damning evidence of systematic rape, killing, abuse, torture and imprisonment have been provided by NGOs and whistleblowers who used to work for organisations such as UNAMID. Also our students in universities and colleagues across Sudan are facing selected targeting based on ethnicity (see ref. 2). We plea to international powers (US, UK, EU) to rethink there position regarding the government of Sudan and its dealing with President Bashir, an ICC indictee. Furthermore, we ask them to continue it support with respect to the following:

The international community should continue its support of the international criminal court and also should push countries not to receive President Bashir for visits. There should be a push to urge the ICC to amend arrest warrants in light of recent atrocities and consider advocating for expansion of the mandate to include atrocities committed in South Kordofan, Blue Nile, and other parts of Sudan.  

The process of restructuring UNAMID was hit by severe cuts which in turn will reduce the function of the unit. We ask the US in particular to push for the reform of the unit and to keep funding UNAMID so that the force can be a fully oriented towards protecting Darfur’s IDPs, and also to be more committed and accurate in documenting and addressing the aerial bombardment against civilians.

The peace process and negotiations needs an independent mediator. We ask the major powers to be part of the process given there ties with Sudan through out the recent history. This is due to the current mediators seeming bias towards protecting dictatorships in the region.
Press Office – Darfur Union in the UK

Website: https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com 

Email: darfurunionintheuk@gmail.com

Twitter handle: @darfurunionuk
Ref. 1: UK – Sudan Relations – Interests vs. Atrocities and Human Rights Abuses   

https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/darfur-union-in-the-uk-uk-sudan-relations-interests-vs-atrocities-and-human-rights-abuses-2/

Ref. 2: The Continuum of Targeting Sudanese Youth and Students from Darfur Across Sudan by GoS: The University of Bakhtalruda Incident as an Example

https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com/2017/07/19/darfur-union-in-the-uk-the-continuum-of-targeting-sudanese-youth-and-students-from-darfur-across-sudan-by-gos-the-university-of-bakhtalruda-incident-as-an-example/
Ref. 3 UNAMID calls for restraint in clashes between government forces and internally displaced at Kalma camp, South Darfur

https://reliefweb.int/report/sudan/unamid-calls-restraint-clashes-between-government-forces-and-internally-displaced-kalm