INVITATION: Darfur Union In the UK Commemorates the 10th Anniversary of Bashir Indictment by International Criminal Court (ICC) in Birmingham

INVITATION: Darfur Union In the UK Commemorates the 10th Anniversary of Bashir Indictment by International Criminal Court (ICC) in Birmingham

Time: 1 pm, Saturday , 2nd March 2019,

Location: Wadi Hawar Community Hall

33 New Spring Street

Birmingham

B18 7LG

In memory of the victims of :

1. The ongoing genocide in Darfur

2. The ongoing Bashir war in Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile and the current and past uprisings of Sudan.

3. Enforced displacement – IDP and refugees.

4.. Demographic changes in the region

Change is going to come and eventually justice will prevail

The 4th March 2009, represent an important date for the people in Sudan in general, and those in Darfur in particular. It marks the beginning of long lost justice. A quick run down the memory lane unfold that famous press conference in La Hague, 9 years ago, where Luis Ocampo, the former general prosecutor of the ICC, announced that his team have 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

Darfur Union in the United Kingdom invites you all, to commemorate the date, to bring awareness to the issue, and try to find ways to reignite the just case of the people of Sudan in all platforms.

The main topics to be discussed:-

1) The 10th anniversary of Bashir Indictment by ICC, the history of the case; the significance of the day for the people of Sudan in Darfur and the all of the Sudan.

2) Humanitarian situation in Sudan

3) Ways to support the current popular uprising in Sudan

The day concludes by an open mic session for all to share their stories, memories, comments and questions.

There will be a letter for all to sign. This letter will be sent to all organisations and governments representatives as part of Darfur Union media campaign with regards to significance of the day for our people.

When: 1 PM, Saturday, 2nd March 2018

Location: Wadi Hawar Community Hall

33 New Spring Street

Birmingham

B18 7LG

The invitation is extended to those who wish to see an end to the human crisis, indictment of the perpetrators and an end to the act of genocide. NEVER AGAIN.

For more details please contact the following numbers.

Elsadig Ali – 07478258243

Mohamed Ishag – 07445973996

Or via the listed email, website or Twitter handle below.

See you all there

Kind regards,

Osama Mahmoud – Head of Comms.

Darfur Union in the United Kingdom

Website: https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com

Email: darfurunionintheuk@gmail.com

Twitter handle: @Darfurunion

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إعلان: السبت ٢ مارس ٢٠١٩ – الذكرى العاشرة للمطالبة بمثول المتهم عمر البشير أمام محكمة الجنايات الدولية – اتحاد دارفور بالمملكة المتحدة

إعلان: السبت ٢ مارس ٢٠١٩ – الذكرى العاشرة للمطالبة بمثول المتهم عمر البشير أمام محكمة الجنايات الدولية – اتحاد دارفور بالمملكة المتحدة

الزمان: الواحدة ظهراً، يوم السبت ٢ مارس ٢٠١٩

المكان: ، صالة وادي هور بيرمنجهام

Wadi Hawar Community Hall

33 New Spring Street

Birmingham

B18 7LG

يعد يوم الرابع من مارس ٢٠٠٩، يوم إنتصار مبدئي للعدالة الضائعة في دارفور، ويحمل ذلك التأريخ دلالات عديدة لأهل ضحايا الإبادة الجماعية في دارفور وأمتدادها لمناطق جبال النوبة والنيل الأزرق.

ضحايا التشريد

ضحايا الفاقد التربوي

ضحايا الإغتصاب

ضحايا الإبادة الجماعية والتطهير العرقي

ضحايا التغيير الديمغرافي بالمنطقة

في يوم ٤ مارس ٢٠٠٩، ذكر المدعي العام لمحكمة الجنايات الدولية آنذاك، لويس أوكامبو، أن لدى المحكمة الأدلة الكافية للمطالبة بإيقاف البشير لتوجيه التهم الناتجة من تحقيقات بخصوص جرائم الحرب، جرائم ضد الإنسانية، وجرائم الإبادة الجماعية المرتكبة في دارفور، عليه فإن المحكمة تطالب عمر البشير، رئيس السودان، المثول أمام المحكمة من أجل مجابهة التهم السابق ذكرها، وإن لم يفعل، فإن على الدول الموقعة على إتفاقية روما، وايضا دول مجلس الأمن القبض عليه للمثول أمام المحكمة في لاهاي.

نحن في إتحاد دارفور بالمملكة المتحدة ندعو العالم وباقي الروابط والشخصيات والمنظمات الحكومية وغير الحكومية بالمملكة المتحدة، بالمشاركة في إحياء اليوم العالمي بمدينة بيرمنجهام، وقد نسق الإتحاد مع بعض المنظمات البريطانية، والتنظيمات الاقليمية لإقامة يوم نذكر فيه العالم بالضحايا ومناطقهم، وتلخيص الجرائم التي أُرتكبت في حقهم من قبل البشير وأعوانه و الآثار السلبية المترتبة علي أسر الضحايا علي المستوي الإقليمي والدولي.

الزمان: الواحدة ظهراً، يوم السبت ٢ مارس ٢٠١٩

المكان: ، صالة وادي هور بيرمنجهام

Wadi Hawar Community Hall

33 New Spring Street

Birmingham

B18 7LG

يتخلل اليوم فعاليات مختلفة:-

١. أهمية اليوم للعدالة ولشعب السودان بدارفور ومناطق السودان بأسرها، وماهيته، ملف الابادة الجماعية

٢. الوضع الإنساني في السودان

٣. دعم الإنتفاضة السودانية

مشاركتك بصوتك وبوجودك مهمة وفيها وفاء لضحايا الإبادة الجماعية و التطهير العرقي، والجرائم في كل من جبال النوبة والنيل الازرق وضحايا الانتفاضة وبقية أنحاء السودان.

للإستفسار نرجو الإتصال بالارقام الاتية :-

الصادق علي النور – رئيس المكتب التنفيذي – 07478258243

محمد إسحق – الأمين العام – 07445973996

بدر إسحق – نائب أمين أمانة الأعلام –

+44 7478 236663

بابكر سليمان – أمين أمانة الشؤون الإجتماعية – 07449 118674

ولكم جزيل الشكر

أسامة محمود

إتحاد دارفور بالمملكة المتحدة

الموقع : https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com

إيميل: darfurunionintheuk@gmail.com

تويتر: darfurunionu

Darfur Union in the UK: Horrific Rape Crimes continue in Sudan – This Time, 6 Young Women were Raped by GoS Soldiers in Darfur; Bashir Has to Go; the Outcry and Involvement of the Sudanese have to be the Same to Guarantee Unity

Darfur Union in the UK: Horrific Rape Crimes continue in Sudan – This Time, 6 Young Women were Raped by GoS Soldiers in Darfur; Bashir Has to Go; the Outcry and Involvement of the Sudanese have to be the Same to Guarantee Unity

A group young women in North Darfur, south Elfashir, were on their way to collect some firewood fuel outside Zamzam IDP camp, in Um Hashaba to be specific (Tuesday, 5th Feb. 2019). Their journey was intercepted by Rapid Speed Force militia men. The 6 young women were brutally raped.

A report from Women for Darfur Organisation stated that the victims were beaten first, chained, then raped. The victims family found them at that state, then took them to the Saudi Hospital in North Darfur Capital, Elfashir for medical treatment.

Below is a list of the victims:-

1. Omaima Khatir

2. Aisha Bushara Abdel Allah

3. Um Bashair Abaker Abdel Allah

4. Hawa Mohammed Younis

5. Haria Yagoub Bushara

6. Rasha Doud

Another person was injured as a result of this attack is Haydar Suliman Fadul. Details of whether he was accompanying the 6 women is yet to be confirmed.

The crime can not by any mean be viewed as an isolated incident given the track record of GoS in the area, and also given the documented use of rape as a weapon against the civilians of the region and Sudan in general. One can stop at the Tabit mass rape committed the Sudanese regular troop (see HRW, ref. 1) were 200 women were raped by GoS soldiers. Another example is the horrific mass rape of Taweela High School students in North Darfur suffered at the hands of Bashir Janjaweed troops (ref. 2).

Systematic rape was used as a deterrent against the women and young girls belonging to some of the African tribes in Darfur as stated on the ICC Case Information Sheet (The prosecutor vs. Omar Al Bashir, ref. 3).

Children and teenagers are the most vulnerable groups in the society in the region and under the current government.

They are always at the forefront of the struggle. They suffer harassment, and are often subjected to all form of assault,m cinch as killing, torture, and the use of rape by the perpetrators.

Darfur Union in the UK stands with the young victims of Sudan in Darfur and across the country as they take this monumental task of growing up in such danger. Darfur Union in the UK plea to the UNESCO to raise the aforementioned crimes and systemic GoS rape policy at their next meeting. Also direct plea to the Children and women protection organisations in and out Sudan to follow up the case of the aforementioned victims, and to provide support and medical attention/ counselling to them and her family.

On the same note, it is important to mentioned that the latest uprising in Sudan against the GoS is a total revolt of the current system by the people of Sudan, and to keep it inclusive, there must be a similar scale of support and campaigning by the wider Sudanese people in the country and in the diaspora when it comes to crimes committed the marginalised area in Sudan.

The cause of the popular uprising was not only limited to the economic dire state in the country, it was a results of multiple parameters coming together to cause their burst of reaction – one has to mention that the demonstrations across the Sudan have been civil whilst the government of Sudan choosing to use excess force to stop the people from exercising their democratic rights of organising peaceful demonstrations. Back to the parameters that lead to the current state in the country. First waging of wars across the country and at the same time use the policy of divide and rule to make sure that the rest of the population in other part of the Sudan feeling distant from the war on other areas in the country. The starting point was the ethnic cleansing in South Sudan (then an integral part of the republic of Sudan) – religion and race were used by GoS to fuel the war. The war spread to Darfur where genocide, crimes against the humanity and war crimes were the tools to “tame” the people of Sudan in the region. Race was used in this case as one of the tools to fuel the war. This has lead integration criminal court to indict Omar Bashir for the aforementioned crimes (on 4th March 2009), the only sitting president to be indicted by the ICC (ref. 3). The same scenario followed in Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile State.

Other parameters that lead to the demos is poverty, the failing health system in the country, education, corruption and above all the harassment and oppression practiced regularly by the government and its followers on the people of Sudan.

All of the above has lead some of the people of Sudan to flee out of the country seeking safe refuge across the world by taking dangerous routes to reached safe shores away from dire security state.

For these reasons, Darfur Union in the UK, will held in an event on Saturday, 2nd March 2019, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Bashir Indictment by ICC; to keep the issue of Sudan in Darfur alive as this date represent means of preliminary victory of missing justice for the victims of Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity. Bashir government has no place in Sudan and if he stay alive the hope is to see him on trial at The Hague among his cronies to get the same fate as Radovan Karadzic, aka the Butcher of Bosnia (ref. 4), so that justice can be prevailed.

Osama Mahmoud

Head of Comms.

Press Office – Darfur Union in the UK

Website: https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com

Email: darfurunionintheuk@gmail.com

Twitter handle: @darfurunionuk

Ref 1: https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/02/11/sudan-mass-rape-army-darfur

Ref. 2:

http://genocidewatch.net/2016/04/04/darfur-continuing-mass-rape-of-girls/

Ref 3:

https://www.icc-cpi.int/darfur/albashir/Documents/AlBashirEng.pdf

Ref. 4:

https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com/2016/03/26/darfur-union-in-the-uk-the-significance-of-karadzic-sentencing-by-the-icc-and-its-parallel-to-bashir-indictment-by-the-very-court/

A copy of this report will be sent to:-

1) Head of Office, UNESCO Office in Khartoum

2) HRW – UK Office

3) Amnesty International

4) The Sudans department, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK

5) United Nation, UNAMID Central Press Office, Khartoum

6) The Sudans Desk, US State Department

7) Sister Organisations in the Sudan and Abroad

8) Al-Khatim Adlan Centre for Enlightenment & Human Development (KACE)

إتحاد دارفور بالمملكة المتحدة: جريمة الاغتصاب الاخيرة في الإقليم من قِبل جنود حكومة الطاغية البشير هي مواصلة لسياسة جرائم الحرب – المطلوب من جموع اهل السودان الوقوف بنفس الهِمّة مع ضحاياها لضمان الوحدة وايضا لإضعاف النظام أكثر وأكثر

إتحاد دارفور بالمملكة المتحدة: جريمة الاغتصاب الاخيرة في الإقليم من قِبل جنود حكومة الطاغية البشير هي مواصلة لسياسة جرائم الحرب – المطلوب من جموع اهل السودان الوقوف بنفس الهِمّة مع ضحاياها لضمان الوحدة وايضا لإضعاف النظام أكثر وأكثر

مجموعة من جنود البشير تحت مسمياتهم العِدّة، تارة دعم سريع، وأُخرى حرس حدود، لكنهم جنجويد وجنود دولة نظام البشير، قامت هذه المجموعة بإعتراض طريق عدد ٦ نساء كن في طريقهن للإحتطاب، وكان ذلك في يوم الثلاثاء، ٥ فبراير ٢٠١٩، جنوب معسكر زمزم جنوب الفاشر، وكان في معية النساء ٣ صبية، وقد وقعت الجريمة تحديداً في منطقة أم هشابة.

هذا وقد ورد في بيان تجمع نساء من اجل دارفور ان مسلحين “هاجموا الفتيات، حيث تم مطاردتهن إلى أن لحقوا بهن و ربطهن ب”رسن” الجمال وتم جرهن علي الارض وضربهن، وإغتصابهن ومما التسبب بأذي جسيم لهن”.

بعدها تم نقل الضحايا من قِبل الأهالي إلى المستشفى السعودي بالفاشر واجريت لهن عمليات نظافة.

أدناه اسماء ضحايا الجريمة البشعة:-

ادناه اسماء الضحايا :

1-أميمة خاطر بوش

2-عائشة بشارة عبدالله

3-أم بشائر ابكر عبدالله

4-حواء محمد يونس

5-هرية يعقوب بشارة

6-رشا دود ضحية

والمعتدى عليه من الجنود

حيدر سليمان فضل

سياسة إرهاب المواطنين وإستباحت دمائهم وأعراضهم وممتلكاتهم ليست بالجديدة على حكومة المركز. والإغتصاب سياسة ممنهجة وأمثلتها كثيرة منها عملية إغتصاب جماعي لطالبات مدرسة طويلة من قبل قوات الجنجويد التي تتبع لرئاسة الجمهورية، وايضاً إغتصاب ٢٠٠ من النساء والقُصّر في تابت (مرجع ١)، وأيضاً جريمة إغتصاب معلمات في ضواحي مدينة الجنينة (مرجع ٢)، ومؤخراً عملية التعذيب والإغتصاب التي تعرض لها استاذ الخير (مرجع ٣). جرائم الإغتصاب الممنهج هي جرائم حرب، إضافة إلى ذلك الإبادة الجماعية وجرائم ضد الإنسانية التي حدثت في دارفور (ولا زالت مستمرة) كلها مجموعةً أدت إلى مطالبة إدعاء محكمة الجنايات الدولية بمثول المتهم عمر البشير امام المحكمة بعد ان توفر الأدلة ضده، وما زال المجرم هارباً (مرجع ٤).

ظلت المرأة السودانية عموماً وفي الهامش خصوصاً تعاني الامرين تحت النظام الحالي، وخصوصاً بعد ٢٠٠٢، حيث استخدمت الحكومة سلاح الاغتصاب. والمرأة السودانية في دارفور تسطر أسمى أيات الصمود في مناطق الحرب المفروضة عليها من قبل النظام، وتجابه العنف الممنهج ضدها، لم يترك النظام الحالي أسلوب دنيئ إلا وإستخدمه تجاها، من مضايقات، وتعدي، واعتقال وتعذيب وتشريد وقمع واغتصاب وتنكيل وتقتيل، في معسكرات اللجوء والنزوح والكراكير وسفوح الجبال، وهي تحاول جاهدة توفير ما يمكن توفيره للنشأ وللأسرة.

إتحاد دارفور بالمملكة المتحدة يطالب المجتمع الدولي والمنظمات الحقوقية والنسوية والامم المتحدة للوقوف الى جانب الشعب الذي إنتفض ضد حكومة القمع. وايضاً بأداء الإلتزامات التي عليه تجاه ضحايا الابادة الجماعية.

نود ان نشير ان معاناة اهلنا في منطقة القوس الكبير لا تزال كما هي، تشريد وتدمير وتقتيل من قبل حكومة الإبادة الجماعية الحكومة، عليه فإن جذور المشكل لم تحل بعد، لكن بدايتها تكمن في أزالة النظام ووقف الحرب، والعدالة الإنتقالية، وتسليم مجرمي الابادة الجماعية من الرؤوس (عدد ٥١ حتى الآن) الى محكمة الجنايات الدولية وفِي مقدمتهم المتهم عمر البشير.

رسالة لأهل السودان في مكان، والوطن واحد، لذلك فالهم واحد، ولا بد من نصرة إنسان السودان والوقوف الى جانبه على حدٍ سواء. وهنا تكمن الوحدة والشعور بالآخر وبهما يتم يضعف النظام.

المجد والخلود لشهداء السودان، والنصر للضحايا والمشردين، والحريّة للمعتقلين وللوطن.

ترسل نسخة الى الجهات التالية:-

وزارة الخارجة البريطانية – طاولة السودان وجنوب السودان

وزارة الخارجية الامريكية – مكتب السودان وجنوب السودان

الاتحاد الأوربي

هيومان رايت ووتش

أمنستي إنتوناشونال

مدير مكتب رئيس بعثة اليوناميد

مكتب الامين العام للأمم المتحدة

أسامة محمود

إتحاد دارفور بالمملكة المتحدة

الموقع: https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com

إيميل: darfurunionintheuk@gmail.com

تويتر: @darfurunionuk

مرجع ١:

https://www.hrw.org/ar/report/2015/02/11/267968

مرجع ٢:

https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/darfur-union-in-the-uk-the-janjaweed-are-fighting-education-in-darfur-by-all-means-necessary/

مرجع ٣:

https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com/2019/02/02/extended-02-02-19-the-brutality-of-bashir-vs-the-detained-persons-in-sudan-is-a-policy-rather-than-isolated-incidents/

مرجع ٤:

https://www.icc-cpi.int/darfur/albashir/pages/alleged-crimes.aspx

Reminder, Targeting Teachers is an Ongoing GoS Policy… Two Teachers were Raped in Feb., another Feb.

Reminder, Targeting Teachers is an Ongoing GoS Policy… Two Teachers were Raped in Feb., another Feb.

Ahmed Elkheir, a teacher in East Sudan was tortured to death by NISS in the last two days (autopsy report was released on Feb. 2nd 2019). However, this is not an isolated incident or a crime that has only happened recently. It is a continuum of violence against the civilians of Sudan, teachers or people from other walks of life. Feb. 1st, 2017, two female teachers were kidnapped to an area outskirts of Addar, Elgeneina and raped by Rapid Speed Force, which reports directly to Bashir Presidential Palace (ref. 1)

Systematic rape was and is used as a weapon by GoS in Darfur. It is one of many methods employed by Bashir and his regime to prosecute the people of Sudan. For this reason and many more, Bashir was indicted by the International Criminal Court for Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity (ref. 2).

Ref. 1:

Bashir and his Janjaweed are Fighting Education in Darfur by All Means Necessary

https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/darfur-union-in-the-uk-the-janjaweed-are-fighting-education-in-darfur-by-all-means-necessary/⁩

Ref. 2:- The Prosecutor vs. Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir – ICC-02/05-01/09

https://www.icc-cpi.int/darfur/albashir


حتي لا ننسى

وحشية النظام ضد السودانيين بكل قطاعاتهم، والمعلمين ليست وليدة البارحة. والاغتصاب سياسة ممنهجة ⁧لإسكات المدني والمُعلم ولإنتاج فاقد تربوي يكون وقود وحماية للنظام ومصالحه. مرفق أعلاه جريمة إغتصاب معلمات في ضواحي مدينة الجنينة. جرائم الإغتصاب الممنهج هي جرائم حرب، إضافة إلى ذلك الإبادة الجماعية وجرائم ضد الإنسانية التي حدثت في دارفور (ولا زالت مستمرة) كلها مجموعةً أدت إلى مطالبة إدعاء محكمة الجنايات الدولية بمثول عمر البشير امام المحكمة بعد ان توفر الأدلة ضده، وما زال المجرم هارباً #مدن_السودان_تنتقض⁩

Osama Mahmoud

Head of Comms – Darfur Union in the UK

Website: https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com

Email: darfurunionintheuk@gmail.com

Twitter handle: @darfuruni

*Darfur Union in the UK – Extended 02/02/19: The Brutality of the Indicted Génocidaire Bashir vs. the Unlawfully Detained Persons in Sudan – is a Policy rather than Isolated Incidents*

*Darfur Union in the UK – Extended 02/02/19: The Brutality of the Indicted Génocidaire Bashir vs. the Unlawfully Detained Persons in Sudan – is a Policy rather than Isolated Incidents*

Today, 02 Feb. 2019, yet another Sudanese killed as a result of brutal torture at the hands of NISS. Ahmed Elkheir Ahmed, a teacher in Khashem Elgirba, East Sudan was detained and then the GoS forces claimed that he died while in detention. However, the autopsy revealed the level of torture he was subjected to in captivity (autopsy report is attached below).

Since the start of the latest civil uprising in Sudan which call for the downfall of Bashir (19th December 2018 to date), medical doctors have been at the receiving end of police brutality. The making of the peaceful demonstration represent the cross sections of society including doctors, and the participation of this very group has been beyond the calling of duty. As witnesses of government brutality, they have to put their emotions to one side to be able to deal with causalities of live round of ammunition and brutal beating by police. However, this is not welcome by the government because this brings documentation of these atrocities and violations human rights, and therefore, the practice and the practitioner are not welcomed by the regime. 50+ people were reported killed (among which doctors: Dr. Babiker Abdel Hamid (Junior doctor) and Mahjoub Eltaj (medical student)) and several hundred are detained (including 26 doctors as of 30/01/2019).

The targeting of doctors by the government of Sudan (GoS) is a cemented policy rather than isolated incidents. Back in 1990, April 21st, a few months after Bashir coup d’état (dated 30th June 1989), Dr. Ali Fadul Ahmed, was killed after been subjected to all sorts of torture after spending 52 days in the infamous ghost house, where the National Intelligence and Security Service NISS personal torture and kill people. The death certificate issued minutes after was transferred from ghost house into Omdurman Military Hospital and the cause of death was deemed as due to malaria. The family asked for the body and their intention was to conduct a post mortem to detail the real cause of death. The family of the late Dr. Fadul was put under huge pressure to proceed with the burial process; however, they have managed to send the body for post mortem.

“The autopsy report stated that the cause of death was “a severe head bleeding caused by a concussion resulted from been hit by a sharp and stiff object” (ref. 1).

The full autopsy report was too gruesome, and it exhibited the wickedness of the regime (ref. 1). Dr.Ali was targeted as he started to protest against the new government policies which affected the working conditions for doctors and also undermined the wellbeing of patience. He was actively involved in strikes organised against the Government by the doctors’ union (ref. 2). Investigations into his death was blocked by the attorney general and vetoed by Bashir’s leading revolutionary council.

More atrocious crimes followed over the years have led to the indictment of the sitting president, Omer El-Bashir, by the international Criminal Court on 4th March 2009 for genocide in DARFUR (death toll +300 thousand), war crimes and crimes against the humanity (ref. 3).

As a result of the government of Sudan genocidal campaign in Darfur, the region has been a host of hundreds of IDP (internally displaced people) camps with up to 4 million Sudanese residing there and approximately 2.5 million refugees in the neighbouring countries, with Chad, central Africa and South Sudan hosting large percentage of those Sudanese. IDP camps in particular aretargeted regularly by GoS because they are evidence to what happened in the region and therefore the aim of the movement is to dismantle them or making them not habitable, by restricting/ blocking food supply and preventing medical personal from entering the camps. A numberdoctors were reported missing from Kalma IDP camps in south Nyala, 5 doctors in 2009, and 2 in 2017. Eye witnesses in July 2017 in the camp said that the doctors were kidnapped by pro-government militias because they were practicing medicine and helping the vulnerable people in the camp after people were injured by police and NISS personal as a result of Sudanese in the Kalma IDP refused to welcome Bashir. (ref. 5). A medical team Nyala, capital of south Darfur, rushed to treat the injured only to be kidnapped and there whereabout/ fate is yet to be known because their actions/ good deeds provides evidence of the brutality of the Sudan regime.

The only way for a stable Sudan where people are treated equally and have rights and duties is to oust the current system and on the top of that system is Bashir and his government. Also, there is a huge need to address the major case of Sudan in Darfur, where the genocide is still ongoing; likewise, the other regions were the government of Sudan waged wars against the people in NubaMountains and Blue Nile.

It is important to keep the momentum of thecurrent peaceful protests and feel for one another to reach the aforementioned goals.

Osama Mahmoud,

Head of Comms. for Darfur Union in the UK

Website: https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com

Email address: darfurunionintheuk@gmail.com

Twitter handle: @Darfurunionuk

Ref. 1: Dr. Ali Fadul – Details of Detention and Tortures.

https://sudaneseonline.com/msg/board/150/msg/1199909592/rn/1.html

Ref. 2: Torture of Dr. Ali Fadul

https://m.facebook.com/AllianceOfSudanesePoliticalForceUkAndIrelandaspf/posts/517576838302453

Ref. 3: Islamic Militants Dominating Sudan, Exiles Assert

Ref. 4:- The Prosecutor vs. Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir – ICC-02/05-01/09

https://www.icc-cpi.int/darfur/albashir

Ref. 5:- Kalma IDP Refusal To Welcome Bashir Met with a Massacre in South Darfur at the Hands of the Government of Sudan

https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com/2017/09/23/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/

#النظام_السوداني_يقتل_المعتقلين #كتلو_الكيزان #مدن_السودان_تنتفض #sudanuprising

Torn from Home is the Theme of HMD 2019; Darfur Genocide, Force Displacement and the Subsequent Demographic Changes in the Region are all Heinous Crimes that will Inspire Change

Torn from Home is the Theme of HMD 2019; Darfur Genocide, Force Displacement and the Subsequent Demographic Changes in the Region are all Heinous Crimes that will Inspire Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The genocide in Darfur is still ongoing. On #HolocaustMemorialDay, Torn from home encourages audiences to reflect on how the enforced loss of a safe place to call ‘home’ is part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution and genocide. HMD

Sunday, 27th January 2019 marks the 74th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in German-occupied Poland “where around 1.5 million people, most of them Jews, were murdered by the Nazis between 1940 and 1945”.
The HMD trust has decided to commemorate the anniversary at Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster. The event provides a platform for the genocide survivors and their families to share their legacies, hardship and experience of overcoming adversity through sharing living testimony that life can still go on. 

Darfur Union adoptive words for this year :

#HMD 2019 – a day to remember, reflect, unite, inspire, rebuild, seek justice, downfall of the ICC indictee Omer Albashir #Darfur #HolocaustMemorialDay

The event also provides other survivors the opportunity to tell tragic stories of their persecution. The four other genocides included in the event are Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. 

Dignitaries from HM government, MPs, religious and community leaders, representative of non governmentalorganisations were listening to the survivors of the aforementioned genocides as they shared living testimony of what happened to their families and loved one’s by the hands of the respective perpetrators and how the narrow escape, inspired them to keep going to make life in spite of the painful memories and subsequently live to tell their stories to inspire generations to come.  At the end of the event five candle lighting took place which represents the aforementioned 5genocides. Darfur genocide candle was lite by Isam Agieb, survivor of the genocide. 

Darfur Union in the UK, The Voice of DarfurianWomen, Nuba Mountains Solidarity Abroad, Waging Peace and Youth Groups and other civil organisations from Sudan were attending in numbers to take part in the event. The genocide in Darfur is still happening; this issue was addressed by the HMD Trust various media outlet as an ongoing genocide. 

As mentioned, this great event was attending by the representative of Sudanese organisations in memory of the victims of all genocides and in particular victims of:-

 Genocide in Darfur and the ethnic cleansing in NubaMountains and Blue Nile, 
 Enforced displacement 
 Deprivation 
 Demographic changes in these Provinces (ref. 1)
 Also in support of the ongoing uprising in Sudan against the government

One has to point out that as those words are written, there are many demos are taking place in Sudan calling for the down fall of Bashir and the government of Sudan. 

The cause of the popular uprising stage was not only limited to the economic dire state in the country, it was a results of multiple parameters coming together to cause their burst of reaction – one has to mention that the demonstrations across the Sudan have been civil whilst the government of Sudan choosing to use excess force to stop the people from exercising their democratic rights of organizing peaceful demonstrations. Back to the parameters that lead to the current state in the country. First waging of wars across the country and at the same time use the policy of divide and rule to make sure that the rest of the population in other part of the Sudan feeling distant from the war on other areas in the country. The starting point was the ethnic cleansing in South Sudan (then an integral part of the republic of Sudan) – religion and race were used by GoS to fuel the war.  The war spread to Darfur where genocide, crimes against the humanity and war crimes were the tools to “tame” the people of Sudan in the region. Race was used in this case as one of the tools to fuel the war. This has lead integration criminal court to indict Omar Bashir for the aforementioned crimes (on 4th March 2009), the only sitting president to be indicted by the ICC (ref. 2). The same scenario followed in Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile State. 

Other parameters that lead to the demos is poverty, the failing health system in the country, education, corruption and above all the harassment and oppression practiced regularly by the government and its followers  on the people of Sudan. 

All of the above has led some of the people of Sudan to flee out of the country seeking safe refuge across the world by taking dangerous routes to reached safe shores away from dire security state. 

 

It is also very important for the world, particularly all Sudanese to commemorate the date Bashir got indicted by the ICC. The 4th of March represents an important date for the people in Sudan in general, and those in Darfur in particular. It marks the beginning of long lost justice. Going back on memory, one remembers that famous press conference in La Hague, ~ 10 years ago, where Luis Ocampo, the former general prosecutor of the ICC, announced that his team have 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 of above mentioned crimes were 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. Also,ahead of us is the 16th anniversary of the genocide in Darfur region (mid April). Darfur union in the UK will be holding an event commemorating this event on the first week of March,2019, which is a regular event in Darfur Union in the UK calendar (ref. 3).

Events like HMD and meeting survivors from other genocides gives us the hope that it is possible for life to go on, it is possible for the victims to see justice even after the long duration of injustice endured. It teaches us the importance of patience as a virtue, and more important it reminds us to keep promoting our just case and never to be coy in seeking justice or to be apologetic in commemorating important dates which signify the beginning of the prevailing of justice. Darfur Union in the UK would like to thank HMDT staff and the board of trustees for a well organised event. Also, our thanks extend to Waging Peace for their continuous support of the just case of Sudan, as well as for reaching out to all the diaspora in the UK.   

Lest we forget the victims of the longest ongoing genocide. 

Let us end with a quote from the diary of Anne Frank 

What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it happening again.” 

Osama Mahmoud

Head of Comms – Darfur Union in the UK

Website: https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com 

Email: darfurunionintheuk@gmail.com

Twitter handle: @darfurunionuk

 

Ref. 1: Darfur Report 2017-2018:- Will 2018 Brings a Renewed Hope for Peace in Sudan under Bashir? Thus far… Darfur Begs to Differ

https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com/2018/02/07/darfur-union-in-the-uk-darfur-report-2017-2018-will-2018-brings-a-renewed-hope-for-peace-in-sudan-under-bashir-thus-far-darfur-begs-to-differ/comment-page-1/

 

Ref. 2: The Prosecutor vs. Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir – ICC-02/05-01/09

https://www.icc-cpi.int/darfur/albashir/

 

Ref. 3: 4th March 2018 commemoration by Darfur Union in the UK 

https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com/2018/03/07/darfur-union-in-the-uk-commemorates-the-9th-anniversary-of-bashir-indictment-by-international-criminal-court-icc-in-leicester/