The government of Sudan has claimed peace and stability in the Darfur ‘are in place’ and has declared that the ‘war is over’ back in the second quarter of the year 2016. This lie was sold to the international community and under this banner the deployment of the Janjaweed militia/Rapid Speed Force in Darfur (as the main GoS force) was for the first time officially announced under the direct command of the Chief of Staff Omer Bashir, and their leader the criminal Hemiti was made to answer to Bashir and Bashir only. Since that day, our people in the region were under more persecution, and they were suffering from ethnic cleansing as the GoS tried all the methods to wipe them from the face of the earth:-
a) The use of chemical weapon in west Darfur (ref. 1)
b) Attacks on IDPs and villages
c) Raping of the women and minors (ref. 2)
Torture of students in and outside the region
d) Unlawful imprisonment
e) Force displacement of the masses by terrorising their existence
f) Demographic changes (ref. 3)
Many have decided to face and stand against the government injustice by using peaceful means via raising their voices, using their pens to tell the story and / or using their positions in and outside the country to advocates and rally the international community to protect their people. Other decided to joint the movements to fight against the militias that prosecute our people. War is hell, it always has been and it always will be. Nonetheless, that the path that some took/forced to take. Two large clashes between the government of Sudan and SLM/M occurred on the 21st May 2017, and as a result some of the people from the regions were taken as POW.
Darfur Union in the UK is a civil body and an advocate of peace (true peace that is aligned with justice for the victims) and uses the stand to call upon all the parties to exercise restrain and to end the war now. Also the union calls the international community to make sure the GoS is not prosecuting the POW and to put pressure on the government to treat the POW according the Geneva Convention 1949 (Article 60 – The Treatment of Prisoners of War, ref.4)
The track record of the GoS and POW is not a good one since the days of the war waged by the Bashir against the people of the then the South, to the days of May 2008 and 2015 when POW were killed in South Darfur in captivity at the hands of GoS militias.
Also the union call upon the international community and the UNAMID forces on the ground to protect the civilians of the region, as the GoS and their militias tend to justify more heinous actions and retaliation especially after they suffered diplomatic humiliation after the de-invite of Bashir to the U.S.-Islamic World Forum on the back of the statement issued by the US Embassy in Khartoum (ref. 5). GoS continues to harbour terrorists and also it provides access and route for radicalised individuals from EU and other part of the world to reach the shores of ISIS (ref. 6).
Lest we forget the victims of the longest ongoing genocide.
Press Office – Darfur Union in the UK
Twitter handle: @darfurunionuk
Ref. 1: Demographic Changes in Darfur Province and the Latest Report on Chemical Weapon usage in Darfur
Ref. 2: Bashir and his Janjaweed are Fighting Education in Darfur by All Means Necessary
Ref. 3: GoS Claims of ‘Absolute Security’ in Darfur is a Farce; Kidnapping, Forced Displacement and Demographic Changes are Ongoing
Ref. 4: Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War (Article 60)
Ref. 5: U.S. Embassy Khartoum Reiterates that the United States has made its Position with Respect to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s Travel Clear
Ref. 6: UK – Sudan Relations – Interests vs. Atrocities and Human Rights Abuses