Darfur Union in the UK: Wadi Sayra and Jabek Moun Atrocities are Part of a Continuum of Violence Against the Civilians of Sudan in Darfur
On the backdrop of heinous crimes committed by the government of Sudan militias against the people of Sudan in Darfur, in particular the use of chemical weapon which was mentioned in the latest Amnesty International report (ref. 1), where a number of casualties were reported between dead and injured in West Darfur state as recent as weeks ago, the Sudanese diaspora and friends of Darfur around the world have witnessed on Monday the 31st of October 2016 yet another crime against the civilians of Darfur. This time the crime took place in West Darfur state, were Shepherds from Arab tribes backed by fully equipped pro government militia – Janjaweed – on 50 pickup trucks entered pasture lands belong to Zaghawa Shepherds in Wadi Sayra. The militia started terrorising the civilians, then looting their goods and camels (up to 500 camels). The Zaghawa shepherds tried to defend their belongings and protect their camels and six were shot dead by the Janjaweed guards.
Darfur Union in the UK is in contact with the civilians on the ground to gather information as well as to monitor the extent of the crime.
This is by no mean is an isolated incident. It is a continuation of the government plan to implement demographic changes in Darfur Province by displacing the native population. The violence and aggression against civilians is not exclusive to the Darfur region, the Sudan government has waged a vicious war in South Kordofan and Blue Nile.
The regime is working day and night to execute their plan “b” for dealing with the situation in Darfur. The execution of the plan is an on-going, and it has now surfaced after Al-Bashir government managed to gather the precursors of their ultimate final product. The following steps are not listed in a chronologically order.
1. Masterminding and orchestrating a vicious war in the Province
2. Impoverishment and systematic marginalisation of the Province
3. Committing crimes such as genocide and ethnic cleansing, plus promotion of fear to act as a deterrent against people in the region
4. Create divisions between the fabrics that make the Darfur community.
5. Mass enforced displacement of the original/ native population
6. Geographical division of the Province (three to five, as of Jan 2016)
7. From 2014-2016 a new waves of attacks across the region, after the government reform the Janjaweed and the Border Control militias under one umbrella. This new unit is known as the Rapid Speed Force (RSF). It is a notorious group known for committing crimes such as mass rape and killing against the civilians (Tabit crime as an example). This group has somewhat replaced the army and police and it operates above any existing laws and rules.
8. Dismantlement of the IDP camps across Darfur is one of the main objectives of the regime. As the existence of IDP camps acts as an evidence for all the atrocities committed by Bashir and his pro government militias.
9. Then the matter of Darfur Referendum, where the resulted was rigged in a similar manner to that of April 2015 general election.
10. Introducing demographic changes in the Province, where the pro government personals, brought to fight the war, will be rewarded with lands which were cleared by enforced displacement of the native residents.
Moreover, Khartoum gave permission for ISIS club at University of Medical Sciences and Technology in Khartoum, and it continues to provide sanctuary to terrorists, and a fertile recruitment ground for ISIL (as highlighted by the US State Department). For instance, 7 British Sudanese students studying at that very university have travelled to ISIL to participate in in jihadi war waged against the innocents citizen of the war (Reported in the Guardian, the Telegraph, BBC, and correspondence of FGO. Also the attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi 2013, bring to mind the extend of involvement of the government of Al-Bashir in many terrorists activities across Africa and the Middle East. New reports from the ground suggest that the government of Sudan have allowed extremist groups to set up camps in the north western region of Darfur. Also the presence of Kony’s notorious LRA in Southern Darfur border with Sudan is known to the international. Thus, the predetermined result of the Darfur referendum is ought to provide more fertile ground for training and harbouring terrorism by evacuating the native population from their lands.
Darfur Union in the UK plea to Her Majesty’s Government to put pressure on the government of Sudan to stop the atrocities against the marginalised people of Darfur.
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.
United Kingdom played an instrumental role in raising the just case of the people of Sudan in Darfur in the UN Security Council back in 2003, and continued to raise the issue in multiple platforms, most memorably by giving support to the investigating team of the International Criminal Court, to pursue the perpetrators of war crimes, this action in one way or another has led to the indictment of the sitting president of Sudan back on March the 4th, 2009. Since then, the case has slowly disappeared from the priority list of the international community. We plea to the UK, to stand with the people of Darfur, by putting pressure on the government of Sudan, to allow aid and humanitarian agencies to have full access to the affected areas.
Another plea to HMG is to give the ICC the necessary supports to opening new investigations into breaches of international laws in Darfur and Nuba Mountains.
A copy of this report will be send to the following:
1) Office of International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda,
2) The Sudans department, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
3) United Nation, UNAMID Central Press Office, Kenya
4) Office of Secretary General, United Nation
5) Office of Secretary General, African Union
6) The Sudans department, US State Department
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Ref. (1): Amnesty International Report – 29 October 2016 – The Use of Chemical Weapons by GoS in West Darfur https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2016/09/sudan-credible-evidence-chemical-weapons-darfur-revealed/