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March 28 - April 2, 2015

Domestic Media Monitoring Report for Sudan
Posted on April 7, 2015

Sudan Appeal Forces encouraged to stop Dialogue negotiations
Domestic Media

Sudan: ‘Sudan Appeal Forces Should Stop Dialogue with Govt.’
– Abdel Wahid 1st April 2015, All Africa

  • The leader of the Sudan liberation Movement (SLM-AW), Abdel Wahid El Nur pushed for the Sudan Appeal forces to pursue military means and popular uprising to create changes in the current regime. 
  • Dabanga Radio interviewed the leader who further explained the NCP's constant opposition to peace negotiations
  • The strong coalition of opposition parties was encouraged by Wahid to use a popular uprising with military techniques to topple the regime.
  • Wahid further commented on Al-Bashir's support of Saudi Arabian offense on Houthi rebels in Yemen. He further stressed that Sudans participation in this mission to bring peace to the people in Yemen was hypocritical of man wanted for war crimes and genocide.
  • El Nur explained that Sudan's responsibility in creating Islamic states in Iraq and Syria should not be forgotten. The leader commented that previously to the offense against Yemen Al Bashir met with the Saudi authority who offered an ultimatum to join the offensive or support the Shiite Houthi fighters. 

NCP boycotts pre-dialogue meeting
Domestic Media

Sudan’s ruling party decline stop participate in pre-dialogue meeting
29th March 2015, Sudan Tribune

  • The National Congress Party (NCP) have declined a meeting between warring parties to discuss a national dialogue.
  • Political Secretary, Mustafa Osman Ismail, explained that due to the African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP) failure on outlining who will be participating in the dialogue and time constraints associated with the invitation, Sudan will not be participating.
  • Ismail explained the NCP believe the negotiations were a trap which would not progress the dialogue.
  • The NCP have stressed that they will not participate in any dialogue before the April elections. The contracting parties of the Sudan Call declaration aimed to postpone the elections and have the dialogue before the elections.
  • Ismail’s statement comes after he expressed his discontent with the attempts by rebel forces to disrupt the elections. The political secretary stressed that the elections would proceed without being disrupted.

Economic exchange agreed between Sudan and South Sudan
Independent Media

Sudan and South Sudan to exchange electricity for oil
29th March 2015, Talk of Juba

  • A tentative agreement was signed between the two economic ministers of the warring countries.
  • The agreement outlined that South Sudan will trade crude oil in exchange from electrical power from Sudan.
  • The oil will be transferred to Um Dabakir power station in the White Nile district.
  • The final signing will initiate work on the projects. The Um Dabakir power station was built with an objective to unify the two countries economically.
  • The economic agreement came after the Sudanese ministerial delegation officiated by minister of energy and mining Makkawi Mohamed Awad visited south Sudan and met with Stephen Dhieu Dau, South Sudans minister of petroleum and mining earlier this year. 

NCP’s Chief of Justice inaugurates new courts in South Darfur
Domestic Media

Sudan: Chief of Justice Pays Visit to South Sudan
30th March 2015, All Africa

  • An inauguration of new courts in Nylaa, South Darfur took place this week. The Sudanese Chief of Justice participated in the inauguration as a representative of the state.
  • Ahmed Haidar Dafallah, Justice Chief, expressed the progressive presence the courts will hold in the society in bringing justice to civilian populations. He expressed his discontent with the tribal violence which was occupying the area.
  • The justice chief ordered that 180 inmates were released from local prisons and the courts personnel receive an extra months pay.
  • The presence of a judge in each locality has been pushed as an agenda by South Darfur Governor, Maj. Gen. Adam Mahmoud Jarelnabi. The implementation of this system in South Darfur has bought stability and security to the area.
  • Jarelnabi passed legislations which prevented: listened number plates on every vehicle, tinted windows illegal apart from government cars and motorcycles banned from 7pm- 7am. Jarelnabi reinforced that the kadamool was forbidden as well as the carrying of weapons in civilian clothing.
  • In July 2014, South Darfur expanded their police force, judicial system and army forces which has established an effective way to combat violence. 

ID card system brings efficient relief to displaced South Sudanese
Domestic media

ID cards bring life-saving benefits for South Sudanese in Sudan
30th March 2015, Relief Web

  • Half a million South Sudanese in Sudan have benefitted from the UNHCR implementation of an identification card system.
  • A heavily pregnant women who had complications in her birth was fortunate enough to have the ID card which ensures access to necessary life-saving services and resources.
  • The system has become increasingly progressive with more and more people enlisting at mobile registration offices.
  • The process of issuing identification cards was agreed in 2014 between UNHCR and the Sudanese government with an 18 month projection. 
  • 350,000 South Sudanese remained in Sudan despite the separation in 2011. This population was increased by refugees fleeing the violence in South Sudan.
  • The system is showing huge success in rebuilding and rehabilitating civilian populations. 

Violence and Corruption escalates in Kabkabiya
Independent Media

Sudan: Kidnap, Rape-Attempt, Shooting in North Darfur’s Kabkabiya
30th March 2015, Dabanga Radio

  • The Kabkabiya town was under siege by militia groups this week. In recent weeks militia activity has escalated resulting in civilian deaths. 
  • An eleder of the camp told Dabanga radio that the militia were uniformed in government attire and seized a resident of the camp and took him by force to an unknown location.
  • This most recent attack takes place after another siege which occurred on Saturday. Four women and children were assaulted by militia groups as they were collecting firewood.
  • Victims have experience militias try to rape and kill multiple civilians. 

Arab Importer and Exporter Union agrees to new projects in Sudan
Domestic Media

Arab Importer and Exporter Union to invest projects in Sudan worth US$1.5 Billion
30th March 2015, Sudanese Online News

  • The Arab Importer and Exporter Union (AIEU) has announced plans to develop economic, trade and service field projects in Sudan.
  • US$1.5 Billion have been announced to be invested in the country. Moussad Rashid the secretary general for the Union is to sign with Sudanese Free Zones and Markets this weekend.
  • The series of agreements will establish two projects: one for home appliances and another for manufacturing gas cylinders. This will be a US$500 million project.
  • Rashid stated that the Egyptian Millers is to sign an agreement with Sudan to outline plans to import wheat into areas without this resource. 
  • The AIEU works as an economic council to unify markets across the Arab and African countries.
  • The flow of goods and analyzing markets are two main activities this council undertakes. 

Human Development center raided in central Khartoum
Independent Media

Security forces raid training center in Sudan’s capital
29th March 2015, Al Arabiya News

  • The Terakes Training and Human Development Center was raided by government forces on Thursday.
  • Witnesses of the raid explained how security forces, who were heavily armed, raided the center and ordered the people participating to give all computers, laptops and personal items.
  • This is a trend which has developed through the reports. The security agents of the NCP have increased the censorship of human right groups and NGO's working in the area.
  • In January, several conferences concerning the political oppression being felt in Sudan. These restrictions were not justified by any strong legislation.
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