Darfur Union In the UK Commemorates the 8th Anniversary of Bashir Indictment by International Criminal Court (ICC) in Leicester   

Darfur Union In the UK Commemorates the 8th Anniversary of Bashir Indictment by International Criminal Court (ICC) in Leicester    
Time: 1 pm, Saturday , 4th Match 2017, 

Location: Sudanese Darfur Association in Leicester

19 Brunswick Street

Leicester

LE1 2LP, United Kingdom
In memory of the victims of :

1. The ongoing genocide in Darfur

2. The ongoing Bashir war in Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile and beyond

3. Enforced displacement – IDP and refugees. 

4.. Demographic changes in the Province

Forever In Our Hearts

The 4th March, 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, 8 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 8th anniversary of Bashir Indictment by ICC, the history of the case; the significance of the 4th March for the people of Sudan in Darfur and the marginalised areas. 

2) Advice to the new arrival and ways to integrate into society 

3) Women group in Leicester, the needs and expectations

4) Sudanese Darfur Association in Leicester

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 4th March to our people. 

When: 1 PM, Saturday, 4th March 2017

Location: Sudanese Darfur Association in Leicester

19 Brunswick Street

Leicester

LE1 2LP

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 – 07445976399

See you all there

Kind regards,

Osama Suleiman

Deputy Press Officer, Darfur Union in the United Kingdom

Website: https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com

Email: darfurunionintheuk@gmail.com

Twitter handle: @Darfurunionuk

إعلان: السبت ٤ مارس ٢٠١٧ – الذكرى الثامنة للمطالبة بمثول المتهم عمر البشير أمام محكمة الجنايات الدولية – اتحاد دارفور بالمملكة المتحدة  

إعلان: السبت ٤ مارس ٢٠١٧ – الذكرى الثامنة للمطالبة بمثول المتهم عمر البشير أمام محكمة الجنايات الدولية – اتحاد دارفور بالمملكة المتحدة  

  

الزمان: الواحدة ظهراً، يوم السبت ٤ مارس ٢٠١٧

المكان: ، جمعية أبناء دارفور بمدينة ليستر

19 Brunswick Street

Leicester

LE1 2LP

يعد يوم الرابع من مارس، 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 بليستر، 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 ٤ مارس ٢٠١٧

المكان: ، جمعية أبناء دارفور بمدينة ليستر

19 Brunswick Street

Leicester

LE1 2LP

يتخلل اليوم فعاليات مختلفة:-

١. أهمية يوم الرابع من مارس للعدالة ولشعب السودان بدارفور ومناطق الهامش، وماهيته

٢. نصائح للقادمين الجدد، وعملية الانخراظ في المجتمع

٣. مساحة للمرأة، وضع المرأة والطفل بعد القدوم للمملكة المتحدة 

٤. كلمة رابطة أبناء دارفور بلستر 

٥. مساحة للمداخلات الحضور

مشاركتك بصوتك وبوجودك مهمة وفيها وفاء لضحايا الإبادة الجماعية و التطهير العرقي في دارفور، جبال النوبة والنيل الازرق.

للاستفسار نرجو الإتصال بالارقام الاتية :-

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

محمد إسحق – الأمين العام لإتحاد دارفور بالمملكة المتحدة – 074459763996  

ولكم جزيل الشكر

أمانة الإعلام

الموقع : https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com

إيميل: darfurunionintheuk@gmail.com

تويتر: darfurunionuk@

Darfur Union in the UK: UK – Sudan Relations – Interests vs. Atrocities and Human Rights Abuses

Darfur Union in the UK: UK – Sudan Relations – Interests vs. Atrocities and Human Rights Abuses   
   
The verdict is in and the APPG (All-Party Parliamentary Group ) inquiry report regarding the future of UK- Sudan relations was published on Tuesday 21st February 2017; it is a worth reminder that ca. 40 organisations, individual and governments across the world have submitted written and oral evidence with regards to the relationship. 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). 

Since the deadline of the submission (Five months ago) many more atrocities took place in Sudan, which made the continuation of the bilateral relationship a form of green light for the GoS to pursue the aggression against the people of Sudan in Darfur, Nuba Mountains, and other marginalised areas in Sudan (ref. 1). 

Ref. 1: https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com/2017/01/22/darfur-union-in-the-uk-will-the-new-year-brings-a-renewed-hope-for-peace-in-sudan-thus-far-west-darfur-begs-to-differ/

Furthermore, Amnesty International annual report for the year 2017, which was released on the 21st of February 2017 (ref. 2) re-iterated the use of chemical weapon in Darfur by the Government of Sudan. 

Ref. 2: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/annual-report-hateful-toxic-rhetoric-creating-dangerous-and-divided-world

The APPG report details all the aforementioned issues raised by the evidence submitters and it concludes with the following:- 

“The UK Government can and should aim higher than raising cases of abuse or sharing best practice” Ref. 3

And it goes further to state-:

“The announcement of closer bilateral ties without progress on signi cant issues, such as humanitarian access, strengthens the GoS’s hand, both against domestic opponents and in future discussions with international partners. While the people of Sudan are protesting for a broad- based transition to democracy, the pursuit of a closer bilateral relationship with the Government misjudges the political mood in the country.” Ref. 3

Furthermore:-

“The UK-Sudan Strategic Dialogue must be a single part of a far broader and deeper engagement which supports all those who are ghting for peace, justice and human rights in Sudan.” Ref. 3

Ref. 3: An Inquiry Report into the Future of UK – Sudan Relations – PDF format http://goo.gl/zYw7Oc

One hopes the value of human lives in the marginalised areas of the Sudan is worth more than business concessions/ intelligence info leveraged by the GoS to the Western World and the report with be interpreted into actions on the ground. 

Please find below Darfur Union in the UK submission to the APPG.

Evidence for APPG on Sudan Inquiry on UK-Sudan Relations

Submitted by the Darfur Union in the UK

on 28 August 2016

   
Introduction

In February 2016, the African Union pledged 1.8 billion euros (granted by the European Union and the UK) to tackle the migration crisis, mainly from Africa to Europe. 100 million

Euros will be directed to Sudan to implement policies and projects that will help limit the flow of migrants from and travelling through the country. The initiative fails to acknowledge the root cause for migration in Africa in general and specifically in Sudan. The latter 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.

At this critical time, thousands of Sudanese are scattered around the globe, and many more are seeking ways to escape the aforementioned destinies. In conclusion, the proposed funding is highly likely to be used directly or indirectly to finance further wars waged against the innocent population of Sudan. In this submission, we put forward evidence of the Sudanese government’s propagation of violence, as well as demonstrating that when the UK has provided funds and training to the Sudanese government in the past, this has resulted in further violence or at the very least, has not prevented widespread violations of human rights.

Ongoing Conflict and Porous borders

The government of Sudan has no control over the country’s borders because of the war it wages in the three regions of Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile. As a result, Sudan has become a sieve for hundreds of thousands of migrants from conflict and humanitarian need. Talk of real statistics of how many persons travelling or crossing through the country is far from accurate, and it’s a wrong guesstimate at best. 

Since 2003, the Government of Sudan have been committing heinous crimes against our people in Darfur. As of 10th March 2016, UN OCHA has reported up to 105,000 civilians have fled the violence in Darfur’s Jebel Marra region alone in the preceding two months. Please refer to our website for more recent reports from the ground.

Only recently, on the 9th of February 2016 the U.N. Security Council extended for one year a panel of experts which monitors violations of the UN arms embargo in Darfur. This action was a direct result of the Sudanese government’s escalation of violence in the region of Darfur. Therefore, the track record of the current government suggests that the proposed funds of the Khartoum Process should be withheld as it will only result in more and more people migrating to flee the horror of war to seek safer refuge for themselves and their loved ones.

Harbouring Terrorist Organisations

Throughout its history and to date, President Bashir of Sudan and his government have consistently been involved in destabilising the country and the region. This is carried out by either igniting war directly or by proxy via harbouring terrorist organisations. 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.

A Gateway to the Shores of ISIS

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, 7 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). 

Providing Training to the Sudanese Police

Previously, the UK Government spent £2.4 million in providing training to Sudanese military and police personnel even though the country comes under a military embargo by the UN Security Council. This happened at a critical time when the Sudanese government was using excessive force to deal with civilians and university students protesting against continuous violation of civil liberties and human rights in the country. This demonstrates that funds given to Sudan do not serve and protect civilians but result in the same level of human rights abuses that we have experienced now for decades at the hands of President Bashir.

UK Government and the Quiet Approach Towards Government of Sudan Violations

The international community was very vocal with regards to the process of the 2016 Darfur Referendum and its outcome. The US State department expressed serious concerns regarding all aspects of the process. The Darfur Union was disappointed that the UK government were quiet on this subject and did not issue a public statement. We believe that this legitimises the criminal actions of the Sudanese regime and demonstrates that the UK is oblivious to or uncaring about the human rights abuses in Sudan.
A Verdict and a Plea

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 2016. 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. Yet the aforementioned bilateral dealings between UK government and its counterpart in Sudan are ongoing. We plea to Her Majesty’s Government to rethink its position regarding the government of Sudan and its dealing with President Bashir, an ICC indictee. Furthermore, we ask HMG to continue it support with respect to the following:

The process of restructuring UNAMID to be a fully oriented force towards protecting Darfur’s displaced, and also to be more committed to documenting and addressing the aerial bombardment against civilian targets.

The peace process and negotiations needs an independent mediator. We ask HMG to be part of the process given Britain’s historic ties with Sudan and due to the current mediators seeming bias towards protecting dictatorships in the region.

HMG should continue its support of the international criminal court and also should push countries not to receive President Bashir for visits. The UK should also 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.  

In conclusion, any attempts of a full resumption of bilateral relations between the two governments, especially in regards to the training of military and police personnel as well as the lack of a clear condemnation of atrocities against innocent civilians will give the current government of Sudan the green light to commit more crimes and presume there is no accountability.

Biography

The Darfur Union in the United Kingdom is a civil society organisation that aims to promote the just case of Darfur by raising awareness of the humanitarian aspect of the case, as well as celebrating the cultural diversity of the region. 

We also work towards the important task of achieving unification of our people’s voices in the diaspora, and mobilisation of our people to raise awareness of the Darfur issue. We collaborate with multiple NGOs and sister Sudanese organisations to build a platform for a peaceful Sudan. 

Prepared by: Osama Mahmoud, Deputy Press Officer, Darfur Union UK, 

Website: darfurunionuk.wordpress.com

Email: darfurunionintheuk@gmail.com

Twitter handle: @darfurunionuk

Darfur Union in the UK: UK – Sudan Relations – Interests vs. Atrocities and Human Rights Abuses

Darfur Union in the UK: UK – Sudan Relations – Interests vs. Atrocities and Human Rights Abuses  
On the eve of the APPG (All-Party Parliamentary Group ) inquiry report launch into the future of UK- Sudan relations on Tuesday 21st February 2017, it is a worth reminder that ca. 40 organisations, individual and governments across the world have submitted written and oral evidence with regards to the relationship. 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). 

Since the deadline of the submission (Five months ago) many more atrocities took place in Sudan, which made the continuation of the bilateral relationship a form of green light for the GoS to pursue the aggression against the people of Sudan in Darfur, Nuba Mountains, and other marginalised areas in Sudan (ref. 1). 

Ref. 1: https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com/2017/01/22/darfur-union-in-the-uk-will-the-new-year-brings-a-renewed-hope-for-peace-in-sudan-thus-far-west-darfur-begs-to-differ/

One hopes the value of human lives in the marginalised areas of the Sudan is worth more than business concessions/ intelligence info leveraged by the GoS to the Western World.  

Please find below Darfur Union in the UK submission to the APPG.

Evidence for APPG on Sudan Inquiry on UK-Sudan Relations

Submitted by the Darfur Union in the UK

on 28 August 2016

Introduction

In February 2016, the African Union pledged 1.8 billion euros (granted by the European Union and the UK) to tackle the migration crisis, mainly from Africa to Europe. 100 million

Euros will be directed to Sudan to implement policies and projects that will help limit the flow of migrants from and travelling through the country. The initiative fails to acknowledge the root cause for migration in Africa in general and specifically in Sudan. The latter 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.

At this critical time, thousands of Sudanese are scattered around the globe, and many more are seeking ways to escape the aforementioned destinies. In conclusion, the proposed funding is highly likely to be used directly or indirectly to finance further wars waged against the innocent population of Sudan. In this submission, we put forward evidence of the Sudanese government’s propagation of violence, as well as demonstrating that when the UK has provided funds and training to the Sudanese government in the past, this has resulted in further violence or at the very least, has not prevented widespread violations of human rights.

Ongoing Conflict and Porous borders

The government of Sudan has no control over the country’s borders because of the war it wages in the three regions of Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile. As a result, Sudan has become a sieve for hundreds of thousands of migrants from conflict and humanitarian need. Talk of real statistics of how many persons travelling or crossing through the country is far from accurate, and it’s a wrong guesstimate at best. 

Since 2003, the Government of Sudan have been committing heinous crimes against our people in Darfur. As of 10th March 2016, UN OCHA has reported up to 105,000 civilians have fled the violence in Darfur’s Jebel Marra region alone in the preceding two months. Please refer to our website for more recent reports from the ground.

Only recently, on the 9th of February 2016 the U.N. Security Council extended for one year a panel of experts which monitors violations of the UN arms embargo in Darfur. This action was a direct result of the Sudanese government’s escalation of violence in the region of Darfur. Therefore, the track record of the current government suggests that the proposed funds of the Khartoum Process should be withheld as it will only result in more and more people migrating to flee the horror of war to seek safer refuge for themselves and their loved ones.

Harbouring Terrorist Organisations

Throughout its history and to date, President Bashir of Sudan and his government have consistently been involved in destabilising the country and the region. This is carried out by either igniting war directly or by proxy via harbouring terrorist organisations. 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.

A Gateway to the Shores of ISIS

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, 7 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). 

Providing Training to the Sudanese Police

Previously, the UK Government spent £2.4 million in providing training to Sudanese military and police personnel even though the country comes under a military embargo by the UN Security Council. This happened at a critical time when the Sudanese government was using excessive force to deal with civilians and university students protesting against continuous violation of civil liberties and human rights in the country. This demonstrates that funds given to Sudan do not serve and protect civilians but result in the same level of human rights abuses that we have experienced now for decades at the hands of President Bashir.

UK Government and the Quiet Approach Towards Government of Sudan Violations

The international community was very vocal with regards to the process of the 2016 Darfur Referendum and its outcome. The US State department expressed serious concerns regarding all aspects of the process. The Darfur Union was disappointed that the UK government were quiet on this subject and did not issue a public statement. We believe that this legitimises the criminal actions of the Sudanese regime and demonstrates that the UK is oblivious to or uncaring about the human rights abuses in Sudan.

A Verdict and a Plea

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 2016. 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. Yet the aforementioned bilateral dealings between UK government and its counterpart in Sudan are ongoing. We plea to Her Majesty’s Government to rethink its position regarding the government of Sudan and its dealing with President Bashir, an ICC indictee. Furthermore, we ask HMG to continue it support with respect to the following:

  • The process of restructuring UNAMID to be a fully oriented force towards protecting Darfur’s displaced, and also to be more committed to documenting and addressing the aerial bombardment against civilian targets.
  • The peace process and negotiations needs an independent mediator. We ask HMG to be part of the process given Britain’s historic ties with Sudan and due to the current mediators seeming bias towards protecting dictatorships in the region.
  • HMG should continue its support of the international criminal court and also should push countries not to receive President Bashir for visits. The UK should also 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.  

In conclusion, any attempts of a full resumption of bilateral relations between the two governments, especially in regards to the training of military and police personnel as well as the lack of a clear condemnation of atrocities against innocent civilians will give the current government of Sudan the green light to commit more crimes and presume there is no accountability.

Biography

The Darfur Union in the United Kingdom is a civil society organisation that aims to promote the just case of Darfur by raising awareness of the humanitarian aspect of the case, as well as celebrating the cultural diversity of the region. 

We also work towards the important task of achieving unification of our people’s voices in the diaspora, and mobilisation of our people to raise awareness of the Darfur issue. We collaborate with multiple NGOs and sister Sudanese organisations to build a platform for a peaceful Sudan. 

Submitted by: Osama Mahmoud, Deputy Press Officer, Darfur Union UK, 

Website: darfurunionuk.wordpress.com

Email: darfurunionintheuk@gmail.com

Twitter handle: @darfurunionuk

The Sudan Festival in Birmingham, a Cultural Diversity Exhibition and A Show of Support to the Victims of Bashir 

The Sudan Festival in Birmingham, a Cultural Diversity Exhibition and A Show of Support to the Victims of Bashir 

  
Birmingham has produced yet another show of unity by different Sudanese communities there. Unprecedented crowd (women, men, children). 

The Sudan Festival in Birmingham was an idea came after a group of youth in Birmingham (from different part of Sudan) have come together to create a platform which offer support to the civil disobedience in Sudan and support of solidarity with Bashir victim across the country. 

Prior to the festive day, the Youth Group for Coordinating Change in Sudan (YGCC) had organised two demo in London in support of the civil disobedience (ref. 1) in the country, and the second one was in Brimingam in solidarity of Bashir’s victims in Nertiti and El-Geneina (ref. 2).

The festival began in the afternoon of Sunday, the 19th of February as an exhibition of cultures from different part of Sudan, different attires, accessories, traditional dances, songs (Singer Hassan Holland was present throughout the day), section for children, a period dedicated for representatives of different organisations which came together to make the date. 

   
    
    

   
Darfur Union very own Babiker Suliman, the secretary for Social Affairs, was part of the organising community and a founding member of the YGCC. Other participants were from other sister organisation including members from the Nuba Mountains Solidarity Abroad and Voice of Darfurian Women. Also some political bodies were there, Sudan JEM, Sudan SLM/M, SLM/A, Sudan Communist Party, Omom Party etc…

  

      
Darfur Union in the UK was present in numbers and the delegates were lead by Mohammed Ishaq the Union Secretary General, who thanked the YGCC for organising the day and for showing the world the cultural diversity of Sudan. He also highlighted the importance of unity to face the adversity and to show defiance by using all the platform possible to us to represent our just case in the marginalised areas and the rest of Sudan. Also the need to always remembering our people in Sudan and beyonds, the victims, the displaced in IDP and refugees camps. For this reason the 4th March 2017 will mark the 2nd year in the row that Darfur Union in the UK will mark day by commemorate the 8th anniversary of Bashir indictment by the ICC. Details of the media campaign and the planned event (in Leicester) will be revealed very soon. 

Link to the post: https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com/2017/02/20/the-sudan-festival-in-birmingham-a-cultural-diversity-exhibition-and-a-show-of-support-to-the-victims-of-bashir/

Video – Darfur Union rep.: https://youtu.be/-GkvAUY1Ebg

Video – Music – https://youtu.be/-GkvAUY1Ebg

The General Secretariat – Darfur Union in the UK

Website: https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com

Email address: darfurunionintheuk@gmail.com

Twitter handle: @Darfurunionuk

Ref. 1: https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/darfur-union-in-the-uk-the-civil-disobedience-in-sudan-a-tale-of-success/

Ref. 2: https://darfurunionuk.wordpress.com/2017/01/01/darfur-union-in-the-uk-the-first-of-january-2017-marks-the-first-atrocity-committed-by-the-government-of-sudan-in-central-darfur/

إتحاد دارفور بالمملكة المتحدة يشارك في يوم مهرجان السودان ببيرمنجهام الذي أقامته مجموعة شباب تنسيقية التغيير

اتحاد دارفور بالمملكة المتحدة: يوم مهرجان السودان ببيرمنجهام يحتفى بالتعدد الثقافي السوداني ويدعم العصيان ضد المؤتمر الوطني 

  

مجموعة من شباب أطلقت على نفسها تنسيقية التغيير بمدينة بيرمنجهام نظمت يوم مهرجان السودان الذي احتفى بالتعدد الثقافي الذي يزخر به السودان، في غربه وشرقه وشماله وجنوبه ووسطه. هذا التعدد الثقافي الذي فشلت النخبة السودانية في إدارته منذ عام ٥٦. إستطاع اليوم من لم شمل جميع ألوان الطيف الشعبي السوداني من منظمات نسوية ومدنية نذكر منها صوت نساء دارفور، تضامن ابناء جبال النوبة بالمهجر، وتنظيمات سياسية من ضمنها حركة العدل والمساواة، حركتي تحرير السودان جناح منى، وجناح عبدالواحد، الحزب الشيوعي، حزب العموم، وغيرها من التنظيمات. شمل اليوم فقرات عرض تراث من مختلف أنحاء السودان، فقرات خطابية، إلقاء شعري، رقصات شعبية، فقرة غنائية للفنان حسن هولندا، فقرات للأطفال، وفقرة لتحفيز شباب التنسيقية الذين قاموا بمظاهرة في لندن مساندة للعصيان المدني في السودان، ومظاهرة أخرى في مدينة بيرمنجهام تضامن مع ضحايا البشير في كل من نيرتتي والجنينة. 

   

    
   

   

   

شملت فترة المخاطبات كلمات من ممثلي التنظيمات وبعض النشطاء علاوةً على ممثلي الجهة المنظمة الذين قامو بتقديم البرنامج وتوزيع الفرص. 

اتحاد دارفور بالمملكة المتحدة ممثلاً في امين الأمانة الاجتماعية استاذ بابكر سليمان كان ضمن المجموعة المنظمة. وقد شارك الاتحاد بوفد تقدمه أمينه العام الاستاذ محمد اسحق. وإليكم كلمة الإتحاد في يوم مهرجان السودان ببيرمنجهام؛ قدمها، الأمين العام لإتحاد دارفور بالمملكة المتحدة

بِسْم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحضور الموقر،

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله تعالى وبركاته

أحيي جمعكم الكريم في هذا اليوم المشهود، 

يوم مهرجان السودان المنظم بواسطة مجموعة شباب تنسيقية التغيير بمدينة بيرمنجهام 

والشكر موصول لهم. 

ونتمنى من هذا اليوم ان يكون لبنة عمل جماعي للاحتفاء بالتنوع الثقافي والاجتماعي والاثني الذي يزخر به السودان.

 وضرورة العمل تِجاه جمع الصف والكلمة للخروج من النفق المظلم.

السودان بلد قارة تتعدد فيه اللغات والعادات والتقاليد والتي تشكل ثروة هائلة لأي بلد. 

هذا التنوع لم يجد إدارة (أمينة و حكيمة ) منذ ٥٦، وخصوصاً في العقدين الاخيرين ممى أدى إلى إنفصال جزء عزيز من البلاد، وتشريد الآلاف خارج وداخل البلاد. 

نحن هنا نحي التراث السوداني بدارفور، وما تحمله الجملة من لغات، وعادات وتقاليد، غناء ورقص وملبس ومأكل، ومشرب وغيره من ألوان التعدد الثقافي. 

ولا ننسى أيضا وهو وهي، إنسان إقليم القارة. 

والتحية له ولها في هذا اليوم.

 تحية خاصة من اتحاد دارفور بالمملكةالمتحدة للتمثيل النسوي، للميرم، الام والأخت والزوجة والإبنة، مربية الأجيال، الصبورة والشقيقة للرجل.  

 لا ننسى ونحن نحتفى بهذا المهرجان ما تمر به بلادنا من أزمات متباينة. والتي تبدأ بجرائم إبادة جماعية وتطهير عرقي وجرائم ضد الانسانية في كل من دارفور، جبال النوبة والنيل الأزرق. جرائم أدمى لها الضمير العالمي قبل المحلي وخصوصا منذ بدء الحرب على أهل السودان في دارفور من قبل حكومة المركز قبل ١٤ عام. 

تلك الفظائع أدت إلى أصدار مذكرة توقيف المتهم عمر البشير من قبل محكمة الجنايات الدولية.

وكان ذلك يوم ٤ مارس ٢٠٠٩. ولا زال المجرم طليقاً يذبح ويهلك الحرث والنسل. 

ونذكر ايضاً جرائم المؤتمر الوطني ضد فئات الطلاب في الجامعات والمعاهد العليا 

وقتل اليُفع في نيالا وسنار ومدني والخرطوم في هبّة سبتمبر.  

وشهداء كجبار والمناصير وبورتسودان وكل ظلم مر على الشعب السوداني في أركان البلاد المختلفة.

 نترحم في هذا اليوم على ارواح جميع الضحايا والشهداء الأبرار، 

الذين قدمو ارواحهم رخيصة من أجل الوطن. 

ونذكر ايضاً ضحايا الإبادة الجماعية، من قتلى وجرحي ومشردين من نازحين داخل السودان ولاجئين في دول الجوار وفي دول المهجر. 

آثر نظام البشير على حل مشاكل السودان المختلفة حلاً أمنيةً بحتةً. وبات النظام يدير الحروب عن طريق الوكالة، باستخدام مليشيات الجنجويد تحت مسميات عدة (حرس حدود، قوات أمنية، وقوات الدعم السريع). تلك المليشيات التي انتهكت كل القوانين الدولية ولازالت تستخدم سلاح القتل والابادة والتطهير العرقي والاغتصاب والتعذيب في حق الشعب العزل، 

كل ذلك بأمر مباشر من راس النظام، الهارب من العدالة الدولية عمر البشير، 

الذي يوظف سلاح طيرانه لقصف قرى وحلال دارفور وكردفان والنيل الازرق وجبال النوبة. 

ولا ننسى جريمة التغيير الديمغرافي الذي حل في مناطق دارفور بعد تشريد اَهلها جرّاء الحرب المفروضة عليها. 

وتوطين قادمون جدد في تلك الاراضي، وتغيير الحواكير المتعارف عليها منذ أمد الإدارة الأهلية وقبل جلاء الإنجليز في ٥٦. 

أيها الحضور الكريم, اليوم يمر السودان بمنعطف تاريخي خطير قد يؤدي الى تفتيت المفتت وتجزئة المُجزأ، وهي السياسة الوحيدة التي تضمن استمرارية النظام الحالي. 

عليه فان المسؤولية جماعية على أهل الهامش وأهل السودان الشرفاء بالوقوف جنب الى جنب وتوحيد الصف لإنقاذ ما يمكن انقاذه. 

 السلام هو الحل الأمثل للخروج من المأزق الحالي، فالحرب دائماً تدمر الأخضر واليابس. ولكن السلام المنقوص الذي لا يحمل في طياته الحقوق المسلوبة، والذي لا يضمن العدالة ويحمل فقط المناصب للموقعين عليه لا يمثل الإقليم ولا السودان وفيه عدم الأمانة. 

نحن في اتحاد دارفور في المملكة المتحدة نعمل جاهدين للطرق على الأبواب المهمة التي تساعد على بقاء قضية أهل السودان العادلة في الساحة الدولية وخصوصاً ملف محكمة الجنايات الدولية الذي لا نقبل اية مساومة فيه إلا ان يلقى المجرمين جزاء ما فعلوه في دارفور والنيل الازرق وجبال النوبة وبقية أنحاء السودان. 

ايضاً نسعى بوجودنا في مثل هذا اليوم لاحياء ثقافة السودان بعرض ثقافة الإقليم لتعليم الأجيال الناشئة عن منبع آباءهم وأمهاتهم.  

وأيضاً نحرص كل الحرص على العمل المشترك مع باقي منظمات المجتمع المدني السوداني لان قضية أهل السودان واحدة لا تتجزأ. 

ولكم مني الشكر الجزيل لحسن الاستماع

والسلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته 

أمانة الإعلام – إتحاد أبناء دارفور بالمملكة المتحدة 

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