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November 15-26, 2014

Media Monitoring Report for Sudan
Posted on November 26, 2014

Mass Rape in Darfur
Private Media

Source: Radio Dabanga–Independent News from Darfur, November 12th in English:
Darfur Bar Asks UN for Independent Inquiry on Rape Allegations

  • The UN Security Council has been asked to investigate alleged mass rapes in Tabit, by the Sudanese army. Lawyers from the Darfur Bar Association are concerned that UNAMID claims that they did not find any evidence of mass rape.
  • The Bar Association believes that UNAMD did not investigate properly as they only conducted inquiries in the allegations for three hours.
  • A group of concerned women held a press conference in Khartoum and released the following letter to the EU: Urgent Memorandum to the Head of Delegation of the European Union Mission in Khartoum.

Source: Radio Dabanga–Independent News from Darfur, November 26th in English
Sudanese Demonstrate Worldwide Against Alleged Mass Rape in Tabit

  • Demonstrations were held worldwide to protest the recent events in Tabit Village, N Darfur, where 200 women and girls were raped by government forces.
  • Protestors are demanding a formal investigation into UNAMID who were supposed to be protecting civilians and the Sudanese army who are accused of perpetrating the rapes.
UNAMID Asked to Leave Sudan

Source: Radio Dabanga–Sudan Tribune, November 26th in English:
UNAMID Confirms Receipt of Verbal Request to Leave Sudan’s Darfur

  • In the midst of the recent UNAMID crisis, Khartoum has asked UNAMID to plan for a “gradual exit strategy” from Sudan.
  • UNAMID has been widely accused of not fulfilling its mandate to protect Sudanese civilians.
  • UNAMID had its mandate extended last August for 10 more months, and the recent allegations of rape in Tabit are speeding up the process.

Source: Radio Dabanga–Sudan Tribune, November 26th in English:
Sudan closes UNAMID human rights office

  • Khartoum has ordered the closure of the UNAMID human rights office in Darfur because the government argues that the mandate has been contradicted.
  • The media in Sudan recently reported mass rape in Tabit, committed by the Sudanese army, when UNAMID requested the ability to investigate the Sudanese government prevented them from doing so.
  • According to deputy speaker Samia Ahmed Mohamed, the rape allegations are nothing but “media lies”
State Media

Source: Sudan Vision. State Controlled Media, Nov 23: Editorial:
Sudan, UNAMID, International Peace and Security!

  • According to this editorial the UNSC has asked the Sudanese government to investigate the allegations of mass rape in Tabit Darfur.
  • There has been an ongoing issue between Khartoum, UNAMID and the Sudanese Army, and the government is not happy about the presence of UNAMID in Sudan.
  • But, the expulsion of UNAMID can create issues with the international community, and thus we must proceed with caution.
National Dialogue/Peace Talks

Source: Sudan Tribune, November 18th in English:
Darfur rebels say peace in Sudan should be considered without Doha agreement

  • The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) is reminding the Sudanese government that they rejected the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) and thus they are asking for a new basis for peace talks.
  • On Nov 23, the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and the JEM will meet the Sudanese Government in Addis Ababa to discuss the best way forward to end war in Darfur.
  • According to Ahmed Tugud Lissan who is the head negotiator for the JEM “We want to create a new track (in Addis Ababa) parallel to the existing track for the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N). This eventually means that the DDPD and its outputs are no longer debatable or even being considered”
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