Sudanese People in Darfur are Still Suffering amidst the UN Blank Looks

Sudanese People in Darfur are Still Suffering amidst the UN Blank Looks

The People of Sudan in Darfur Continued Suffering War Ravages amid UN Silence

By Mahmoud A. Suleiman

This article comes against the backdrop of the report presented to the UN on April 4, 2017 by the newly appointed UNAMID head Jeremiah N. Mamabolo which indicated that Darfur of today is different from 2003:  http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article62099 The new leader of the UNAMID continued saying that “the Darfur of today is a very different place from what this region was in 2003 when the armed conflict began, and from that of a year ago,” Mamabolo said. He also added that the fighting between the government and holdout Darfur rebel groups has “considerably diminished”. Mr. Mamabolo South African diplomat and leader of the UNAMID began his viewpoints by blaming and shaming the Darfur armed rebel movements by expressing his regret over the rebel group’s continuing refusal to join the regional and international efforts for peace in Sudan, as though he were a representative of his compatriot former President of South Africa and the current African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan (AUHIP)! There is nothing worse than war but war itself; the people of the war-torn The Darfur rebel movements have explored every avenue in an attempt to stop the war, but they didn’t find the partner keen in ending the war.

The recent UNAMID report to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)  for the exit strategy from Darfur is driven by collusion and based on fabricated and biased information gathered from the National Congress Party (NCP) regime itself without including the suffering of the Sudanese civilian populations who have been targeted and languishing under the scourge of the war of attrition in which chemical weapons have been used by the army of the government of Omer al-Bashir in the Jebel Marra locality in the war-ravaged Darfur region. There is credible evidence of children killed and maimed by horrific chemical weapons attacks in Darfur. Amnesty International has gathered harrowing evidence strongly suggesting the repeated use of chemical weapons against civilians, including very young children, in Jebel Marra – one the most remote parts of Darfur. https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2016/09/chemical-weapons-attacks-darfur/ The Darfur region has been stuck in a catastrophic cycle of violence for more than 13 years, nothing has changed except that the world has stopped watching,” said Tirana Hassan of Amnesty International.  https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2016/09/sudan-credible-evidence-chemical-weapons-darfur-revealed/

The thing that is more irritating is the UNAMID report’s turning a blind eye to the Chemical weapons used by the Sudanese army against the civilian citizens of Jebel Marra with intent and premeditation, as reported above by the Amnesty International. The NCP regime tried by all means to conceal the crime of using chemical weapons against civilians in in the Jebel Marra area. The British journalist Phil Cox, who works for the British Television Channel IV and his interpreter Daoud Hari were arrested in December 2016 and subjected to torture in prison. The practices of the al-Bashir regime were exposed through a TV programme of broadcast by the Channel Four on 6th of April 2017. The British journalist Phil Cox said that they went to Darfur to investigate what was happening on the ground, and to follow up allegations that chemical weapons were being used by the Sudanese government against its own citizens. Phil went on saying “we had been tracked by the Sudanese military and captured by a local militia. At this point, we had no idea what would happen to us. Amnesty International concluded that these actions show that the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has something to hide in Jebel Marra. Otherwise, why does the regime not allow journalists to do their work, but arrests and tortures them? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/05/captured-in-darfur-south-sudan. Ironically, in the Era of ironies that the United Nations body responsible for the safety of civilians from chemical weapons has chosen Sudan as a chemical weapons watchdog. It seems in that as though we are in the times of the farce that say everything has been in the wrong place. The recidivist thief has been made a guardian of possessions and the property of vulnerable people or as if we are employing a common criminal robber as a bank guard! Furthermore, it is an abject shame on the part of the UN Body responsible for Chemical Weapons in allowing such a country as Sudan under the NCP genocidal regime to be the watchdog on chemical weapons while it is using them against its own citizens. The National Islamic Front/National Congress Party (NIF/NCP) regime in Khartoum has been elected on Friday 10 March 2017 as Vice Chair of Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) with the support of the Africa bloc in the Organisation. The Jebel Marra massacres of chemical weapons continued from January to August 2016 … 240 days in total.  http://www.sudanjem.com/2017/04/%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%82%D8%A8%D8%B6-%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%89-%D8%A8%D8%B4%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%83%D9%8A%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%88%D9%8A-%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A8%D8%B4%D9%8A%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%83%D9%8A%D9%85/#more-132555  Moreover, the massacres of Jebel Marra were the result of the bombing of the (NCP) regime for civilians in Jebel Marra area with chemical weapons by Antonov aircraft, deliberately and premeditatedly. The silence of the international community on the massacres of chemical weapons in Jebel Marra area is, at the very least, outrageous. Instead of investigating the use of chemical weapons against  civilian Sudanese in Jebel Marra the Security Council (UNSC) on Wednesday April 5, 2017, condemned the rebel leader Abdul Wahid Mohammed Ahmed al-Nur, accusing him of causing problems in Darfur as a result of his intransigence and his refusal to negotiate with the genocidal ruling regime of the National Congress Party (NCP). Injustice and travesty of justice have prevailed at the (OPCW) when the culprit rewarded instead of punishment for the crimes perpetrated. On Friday, March 17, 2017, Amnesty International described Sudan’s election as a slap to the face of the victims of chemical weapons. It is a stigma on the forehead of the Chemical Weapons Prohibition Organization (OPCW) which is  set up to prevent the use of chemical attacks such as that launched by the Khartoum regime in 2016 in Darfur And the regions of the Nuba Mountains and the Blue Nile.

http://www.sudanjem.com/2017/04/%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%82%D8%A8%D8%B6-%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%89-%D8%A8%D8%B4%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%83%D9%8A%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%88%D9%8A-%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A8%D8%B4%D9%8A%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%83%D9%8A%D9%85/#more-132555

On the other hand, the report of the new UNAMID leader goes on glorifying the Sudanese government’s positions on peace, allowance for relief delivery to the needy and decrease of violence. On the contrary, the regime has unleashed the former Janjaweed militias, now called the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) to do whatever they want of crimes against humanity without accountability because they find absolute protection and support from the head of the National Congress Party (NCP) government, the genocidal criminal and fugitive from the International Justice, Marshal Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir personally. In addition to the insecurity in all the five States of the Darfur region where crime has become the master of the situation and the hapless Sudanese citizen and his possessions became the victim and the result is nothing but death and continuous destruction amid terrible silence of the so –called National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) because the assailants are the part and parcel of the (NISS). As the saying goes, the protector is the criminal par excellence!   As they say, speak without feeling embarrassed about the ongoing tribal warfare in Darfur resulting from the omen of the neo-Gold Rush over whom to own the goldmines. Obviously, the victim is a numerous loss of innocent souls, new wave of internal displacement, migration, burning of villages and lawlessness. The culprit continues to be the (RSF) and other related lawless thugs; both are proxies of the Khartoum regime. Thus, the recent report to the UN by the UNAMID leader is completely devoid of the aforementioned important information; he deliberately avoided making any hints or mere reminders about the underlying factors that making  exit strategy of the UNAMID something unthinkable amidst the current state of terror and lawlessness and ongoing loss of innocent souls. Without any shred of doubt, the aforementioned is a part and parcel of the Darfur crisis which has been raging since its outbreak in February 2003, when the government of the National Islamic Front (NIF)/National Congress Party (NCP)  led by Omer al-Bashir, refused to listen to and try peacefully meeting the legitimate demands of wealth and power sharing for the people of Sudan in Darfur because, according to al-Bashir, he would not negotiate with anyone not taking up arms, as he was! So far nothing has changed to say that conditions on the ground in Darfur have improved but the debilitating war secretions through the lean years of calamity and ruin. The voice of young children in camps of displacement and asylum who are hungry without schools for education and no work prospects for the grown up of them who do not know that the future hides for them. If we delve into the issues of elusive sustainable peace in Darfur to which the citizens longing for, we find the roadblocks established by the (NCP) regime in Khartoum to protect its president Omer al-Bashir from the apprehension by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the heinous crimes he has committed in Darfur in 2004 and for which he has been indicted by the (ICC) at The Hague in 2009 and issued an arrest warrant. Reneging peace agreements concluded through negotiations and signed with the parties in dispute remained the characteristic of the NCP regime and a stumbling block for the end of the civil warfare in Sudan’s Darfur over the past 14 years. Procrastination, maneuvering, placing obstacles and taking militias and mercenaries  as proxies to fight the Darfuri armed movements and disbursement of public money to them are among the most important reasons that prevented the end to the crises in the war-torn Darfur region and elsewhere in Sudan.

Of the tragedies created by war in Darfur region is the presence of twelve refugee camps in the neighbouring Chad with over 300,000 Sudanese refugees in eastern Chad; virtually all from Darfur—virtually all ethnically African.  . http://sudanreeves.org/2016/07/07/invisible-forgotten-and-suffering-darfuri-refugees-in-eastern-chad-april-28-2016

Moreover, in addition to the foregoing figure there are more than 2 million people remain internally  displaced (IDPs) inside the IDP camps in Darfur as of as recently as May 2010. https://www.dissentmagazine.org/blog/how-many-internally-displaced-persons-are-there-in-darfur

Other references include: How Many Refugees in Chad?” (August 2016)  http://sudanreeves.org/2016/08/09/how-many-refugees-in-chad-august-2016/

The issue of the people of Sudan in Darfur region has unfortunately been ruled to remain unresolved as a result of intertwined factors. The most important of which is the unwillingness of the ruling regime of the (NCP) to end the suffering of the people of Sudan in that region for reasons related to the protection of Omer al-Bashir from the fate awaiting him with the (ICC). Furthermore, the international community represented in the mighty United States of America and the other Permanent Members of the UN Security Council (UNSC) have been focusing all their attention on the never-ending warfare and the crisis in the Levant region in Syria, Iraq. Moreover, the European Union (EU) desires to stem the migration from the Horn of African countries of Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti through Sudan to the European shore via the chaotic Libya. The European Union, in its quest for converging with the NCP ruling regime has used financial incentives, has paid more than 150 million euros, which observers believe it is more likely to take its course into the pockets of the influential kleptocracy in the regime as usual! And at the same pace, the justifications for the partial lifting of economic sanctions on Sudan by the former US President Barak Obama administration have been based on false claims that the Sudan government’s record has improved on many issues including the arrival of relief, and there have been no serious violations in conflict areas. Here we see the deliberate neglect of the resolution Issued by the Obama administration for the other blatant violations of human rights practiced by the ruling regime of the (NCP) and implemented by its allied militias of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and the security service called the National Security and Intelligence Services (NISS) The consistent thing in the behaviour of the (NCP) regime under the leadership of genocidal criminal Omar al-Bashir is irreparability, as quoted to have been said by the late Dr.  John Garang Mpior 😦 the NCP regime is so deformed to be reformed!). Saying the truth is better than pursuing in falsehood, but this is contrary to the Diplomatic norms in the World of Political Hypocrisy; the end justifies the means! On the other hand, let’s not ignore the role played by  the intersecting interests between those international community countries and the Sudanese regime that have become stumbling block against the people of Sudan in Darfur for achieving sustainable peace. Thus, the people of Darfur represent the victims of injustice who continue suffering into oblivion. However and despite the chronic failure of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) to protect civilians, its presence in Darfur is the only safe haven available to the surviving civilians fleeing the scourge of war when their homes get burnt down and their relatives killed by pro-government Janjaweed militias, Sudan Armed Force (SAF) and the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS). The injustice that has been inflicted on the people of Sudan in Darfur has been prolonged too far and it is onus on the international community to not turn a blind eye to it because of the intersecting interests with the perpetrators of the crimes against humanity, war crime and crimes of genocide. So far, the recent international community’s response to the plight of the Darfuri Sudanese people has been deplorable Doing justice and reparation for the victims and survivors of injustice is paramount duty of humanity.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999 has been quoted as saying: (As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world; none of us can truly rest). https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/n/nelsonmand737776.html?src=t_injustice

Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman is an author, columnist and a blogger. His blog is https://thussudan.wordpress.com/

Comparing Colombian President Santos and Sudanese President Bashir Tells Underhand Deals

Comparing Colombian President Santos and Sudanese President Bashir Tells Underhand Deals

By Mahmoud A. Suleiman

هذه محاولة  ضمن محاولات تتالت، مني للنظر في المقارنة بين عمر البشير  رئيس السودان  و سانتوس رئيس كولومبيا

المقارنة تروى لنا صفقات سرية مخادعة!

Type of the Study

This is a semi-comparative study from the perspective of the personalities of the presidents of the two countries on two different continents: Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir and President Santos of Colombia, for their achievements to the people of their country, how to deal with the armed and civil opposition and the emergence of their respective personalities worldwide, To what extent each of them made efforts to reach to sustainable peace in their respective countries. The study also asks as to whether the respective country has been participating in a regional or in an international war for a financial return.

More importantly, the pivotal question is as to what have the two Presidents done so far in their quest for achieving real sustainable peace resulting into the silence of the guns once and for all.

This is an attempt in successive series of attempts to consider the comparison between Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir, president of Sudan, and Juan Manuel Santos, president of Colombia. Let us compare-and-contrast the leaders of the two war-torn countries Colombia in Latin America and Sudan in the African Continent from the perspective of their incumbent leaders.

Incommensurate comparison 

Dear esteemed reader, it might appear that such comparison seems somewhat mismatched, unequal and at best unfair. Some might say it is like the comparison between the earthالثرى and the star Pleiades الثريا in Heaven as they say! As if it were a comparison between heaven and earth at best, they say, the comparison between the rich and the poor or it may be considered an insult to the Colombian President Santos to compare him with President Omar al- Bashir the fugitive from universal justice. However and despite the possibility of all these arguments, I decided to proceed with this similitude as a kind of referendum with the difference that appears during the transient view or a stray look or at a glance.

The other question that is expected to be asked is as to what is the benefit of such comparison. In response to that question, one would answer by saying that it is in order to make the people of Sudan understand that some of them believe that things in Sudan are not different than in the rest of the world.  We tell them that this is a false belief. The other important thing is that the Colombian issue started more than fifty years ago; a very long crisis whereas the Darfur crisis is fourteen years old. People in Sudan say it is too long war without looking at the Colombian one. In spite of the 50 years or so duration, Santos succeeded to put an end to it while Bashir continues his killing lust killing more than half a million civilians in 14 years. The number of victims of war death in Colombia in 50 years is less than that in Darfur in 14 years.

The first question that might be expected to be asked would be as to what is the purpose for the comparison and the contrast? The answer to that loaded question, by paraphrasing, is to analyze the life history in power of the two incumbent Presidents and comparing them and contrasting them. The purpose of writing a comparison or contrast is not to state the obvious but rather to illuminate subtle differences or unexpected similarities between the two Presidents. This is given the misery the populations of the two nations have been languishing in deprivation and all the war-related woes for years. In the case of the Colombian Conflict that began in the mid-1960s, precisely on ‎27 May 1964 – present; (52 years) as is a low-intensity asymmetric war between Colombian governments, paramilitary groups, crime syndicates, and left-wing guerrillas such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and the National Liberation Army (ELN), fighting each other to increase their influence in Colombian territory. As for the Sudanese conflict in the western region of Darfur that began in February 26, 2003 – present (14 years) initially between the two  rebel groups, the Sudan Liberation Army/ Movement (SLA/M) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) against the Government of Sudan (GoS) when the President Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir stated that his (GoS) would not negotiate on the fair distribution of power and wealth with anyone not carrying arms, because he came to power through the Gun barrel – AKA Military Coup de état.  The rebel groups initially made up of the SLM/A and the JEM, recruited primarily from the non-Arab   tribes of Fur, Zaghawa, and Masalit ethnic groups. The (GoS) recruited the Janjaweed militias to fight a proxy war against the rebel groups who managed to gain victory against the (GoS) army, Sudan Armed Force (SAF). The Janjaweed are militias that operate in western Sudan and eastern Chad. Using the United Nations definition, the Janjaweed comprised of Sudanese Arab tribes, the core of who are from the Abbala – Nomadic Camel herders. Instead of facing the rebel group fighters, the Janjaweed attacked the civilian population who the (GoS) considered them as supporters of the rebels. Thus, the Janjaweed militias ran havoc in the land with corruption killing the unarmed noncombatant civilians, burning villages and looting property of survivors of the ethnic cleansing. The people surviving and suffered the impact of the ordeal were forced to go into displacement camps, whereas others took migration as their forced option to Chad and other neighbouring countries in West Africa. The government of Sudan armed and funded Arab militias, the Janjaweed (which loosely translates to ‘devils on horseback’ have systematically destroyed the civilians in Darfur by burning villages, looting economic resources, polluting water sources, and murdering, raping, and torturing civilians. As of today, over 480,000 people have been killed in Darfur, and over 2.8 million people are displaced. The population of Darfur is estimated at 6,000,000 people. The conflict in Darfur has also increased tensions in neighboring Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR) as hundreds of thousands of refugees streaming over the two countries’ borders to escape violence.  As of 4th March 2009, the Sudanese President Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashier has been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) as having committed crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. This was because al-Bashir is the Supreme Commander of the Sudanese army (SAF) as well as he had issued orders to the Janjaweed militias to carry out those heinous crimes by proxy. Omer Hassan Ahmed a-Bashir ever since remained a fugitive from the international justice. Compared to Bashir, President Santos of Colombia has never committed any crimes against his citizens even he tried everything possible and effort to reach a sustainable peace agreement with the rebels FARC and received subsequently the Nobel Prize for Peace for the Year 2016 award.

Compared and Contrasted

مقارنة بين الرئيس الكولومبي و الرئيس السودانى

A contrast between the Peace maker President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia and Sudan’s Warmonger Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir the Genocidal! President Santos, from Hawk to Dove and from Defence Minister became President in the March 2010 Presidential Elections.

Presidents are compared and contrasted in Peacemaking. A comparison between the two, the Presidents, the Colombian President Santos and the Sudanese President Bashir is in the sincerity of both about peace in their respective countries.

هل هى اقصوصة مدينتين الخرطوم و بوقوتا ام هى قضية مرتبطة برئيسى الدولتين السزدان و كولومبيا

The question is as to whether it meant a short story of the two Capital cities – Tale of Two Cities – of Khartoum and Bogota or is it an issue linked to the Presidents of the two countries Sudan and Colombia?

A note to the reader:

I hope I have not been unnecessarily too much pedantic wording in the forgoing statements thus far.

The President of Colombia has never committed any crimes against his  citizens he even tried everything possible to reach a sustainable peace agreement with the rebels in FARC and received subsequently the Nobel Prize for Peace for the Year 2016 award while the Sudanese President Marshal Omar al-Bashir remained the ruler of Sudan for 28-years ruling the country with iron fist and sparking  absurd civil wars of attrition and abrogating peace agreements with the opponents and his people  and killed civilians in cold blood and committed the crimes of genocide in Darfur and remained at large on the run from international justice and is wanted by the international Criminal Court (ICC) since the fourth of March 2009.

Thus the difference between the Two Presidents about peace in the two countries is huge. Moreover, President Santos is a civilian politician who came to Power through Democratic free fair and transparent elections whereas President Bashir came to Power through a Military Coup d’état, on Friday 30th June 1989, undermining the democratic system to oust the democratically elected government.

 

Methodology and Data collection

Pre-existing information 

In addition to the pre-existing information available in advance with me that will enable me to go ahead with the study in preparation to reaching to important and significant results. Moreover, what I have previously gathered and knew of about two countries will help us move forward to accomplish the mission behind this search and access to scientific knowledge and credible results and accomplish the mission which one believes it is not an impossible by all measures. Thus, the author’s accumulated knowledge coupled with the data obtained and has been compiled from different sources including the search engine google along with the internet which a global computer network is providing a variety of information and communication facilities.

Below is the old map of the Greater Sudan prior to the cessation of the southern region which established its independent country of South Sudan in 2011. In fact, the map shows clearly the two separate States of Sudan in the north and South Sudan in the south.

https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=comparing+and+contrasting&*

The Map of Sudan prior to the cessation of its Southern Region which has become the nascent independent country, the 193rd member of the United Nations on 14 July 2011. South Sudan’s independence from the rest of Sudan is the result of the January 2011 referendum held under the terms of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the decades-long civil war between the North and the South Sudan. 99% of South Sudanese voted to secede from the north part of Sudan in the January 2011 referendum.

South Sudan’s national flag (centre) flies at UN Headquarters following its admission as the 193rd Member State. UN/E. Schneider

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=first+sudanese+civil+war&tbm=isch&imgil=VU2M7JV1vDrx7M%253A%253Bpp5rhfMoVtBp4M%253Bhttps%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.getreligio

 

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=39034#.WNVblm_yjIU

The Darfur Genocide

http://worldwithoutgenocide.org/genocides-and-conflicts/darfur-genocide

The “Darfur Genocide” refers to the current mass slaughter and rape of Darfuri men, women, and children in Western Sudan. The killings began in 2003, as the first genocide in the 21st century.  Unrest and violence persist today.

The genocide is being carried out by a group of government-armed and funded Arab militias known as the Janjaweed (which loosely translates to ‘devils on horseback’). The Janjaweed systematically destroy Darfurians by burning villages, looting economic resources, polluting water sources, and murdering, raping, and torturing civilians. These militias are historic rivals of the main rebel groups, the Sudanese Liberation Movement (SLM), and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). As of today, over 480,000 people have been killed, and over 2.8 million people are displaced.

Sudan is the largest country in Africa. Located in Northeastern Africa, it borders the Red Sea and falls between Egypt, Chad, Uganda, as well as six other countries. The capitol, Khartoum, is in the Northeastern part of the country. Darfur is a region in Western Sudan that encompasses an area roughly the size of Spain. The population of Darfur is estimated at 6,000,000 people. The conflict in Darfur has also increased tensions in neighboring Chad and the Central African Republic as hundreds of thousands of refugees stream over the two countries’ borders to escape violence.

Following independence from Britain in 1956, Sudan became embroiled in two prolonged civil wars for most of the remainder of the 20th century. These conflicts were rooted in northern economic, political, and social domination of largely non-Muslim, non-Arab, southern Sudanese. Competition for scarce resources played a large role. As nomads began to compete for grazing land, traditional reconciliation measures were no longer able to settle disputes, causing the region to become increasingly militarized. The complexities of desertification, famines, and the civil war raging between North and South Sudan contributed to a rise in regional tensions during the 1980s. Similarly, as oil was discovered in Western Sudan, the Sudanese government and international contributors became increasingly interested in the land in Darfur.

Internally displaced persons

The first civil war ended in 1972 but broke out again in 1983. The second war and famine-related effects resulted in more than 4 million people being displaced and, according to rebel estimates, more than 2 million deaths over a period of two decades. As the civil war between the North and the South reached its peak in the 1990’s, the government ignored reports of rising violence in Darfur.

While the Comprehensive Peace Agreement ended the North-South War in 2005, granting additional political power to South Sudan, it failed to take into account the effects of the war on Darfur. Additionally, Darfur remained underdeveloped and marginalized at the federal level, lacking infrastructure and development assistance. This neglect, combined with allegations that the government was arming Arab tribesmen (Janjaweed) to raid non-Arab villages, was cited as the justification for a February 2003 rebel attack on a Sudanese Air Force Base at El Fasher, North Darfur. This attack sparked a series of government reprisals on residents of Darfur, contributing to the large-scale human rights atrocities facing Darfurian civilians today.

Failed peace talks have allowed for the continuation of the conflict. The most successful talks thus far took place in Abuja in 2005-2006, leading to the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA). Present at these negotiations were the Sudanese government and three main rebel groups: the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), Abdel Wahid Mohamed al-Nur’s faction of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM), and Minni Minawi’s faction of the SLM. However, multiple negotiations have thus far been largely unsuccessful.

Armed Janjaweed Militia

Early in 2008, the UN issued a hybrid United Nations-African Union mission (UNAMID) to maintain peace in Darfur. UNAMID, with a projected strength of 26,000 troops, was authorized to use force to protect civilians. Despite this mandate, however, only 9,000 were sent, and they lacked the necessary equipment to carry out their mission.

On March 4, 2009, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Bashir for crimes against humanity and, in July 2010, a warrant for arrest on charges of genocide. The government of Sudan, however, has yet to turn him over, and since the issuance of the warrants, the country has seen major protests and increased violence. The government has also forcefully expelled aid agencies from the country that has further jeopardized the conditions for thousands of displaced and marginalized civilians.

President Omar al-Bashir

It is expected that al-Bashir will not face trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague until he is apprehended in a nation which accepts the ICC’s jurisdiction. Sudan is not a state party to the Rome Statute, the international treaty creating the ICC, which it signed but didn’t ratify. By all accounts, al-Bashir should be a prisoner in his own country. However, the Arab League has announced its solidarity with al-Bashir. Since the warrant, he has visited Qatar and Egypt. Both countries have refused to arrest him and the African Union also condemned the arrest warrant and asked the United Nations Security Council to delay its enforcement.

The Sudanese government and JEM signed a ceasefire agreement in February 2010, with a tentative agreement to pursue further peace. However, talks have been disrupted by accusations that the Sudanese army continues to launch raids and air strikes against Darfur villages.

The Janjaweed have also been accused of incursions and attacks in neighboring Chad. Hundreds of aid workers in Chad have already been evacuated due to increased tension between rebel groups and military forces. Meanwhile, the Janjaweed have ventured deep into Chad to conduct assaults, resulting in the fleeing of nearly 100,000 Chadians.

In July 2011, South Sudan gained independence and became its own nation. During the same month, the Liberation and Justice Movement, an umbrella organization representing rebel groups, and the Sudanese government signed the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD). This document represents the process of peace in Darfur; however, little progress has been made after the document was signed because of lack of implementation and enforcement.

As 2013 began, there was violence between Abbala/Rezeigat and Beni Hussein tribes over goldmines. This left thousands displaced and many dead. Conflicts between communities in Central Darfur spread to South Darfur, displacing tens of thousands of people in April 2013.

The UN estimates that approximately 130,000 people were displaced in 2015 in an unverified report. Out of approximately 7.5 million people living in Darfur, the UN estimates that over 3 million are still heavily impacted by the conflict.

Burning Village

Attacks on Darfuri villages commonly begin with Sudanese Air Force bombings. Air campaigns are often followed by Janjaweed militia raids. All remaining village men, women, and children are either murdered or forced to flee. Looting, burning food stocks, enslaving and raping women and children, and stealing livestock are common. Dead bodies are tossed in wells to contaminate water supplies and entire villages are burned to the ground.

The on-going conflict in Darfur, Sudan was declared “genocide” by United States Secretary of State Colin Powell on September 9, 2004, in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. On February 18, 2006, President George W. Bush called for the number of international troops in Darfur to be doubled.

On September 17, 2006, British Prime Minister Tony Blair wrote an open letter to the members of the European Union calling for a unified response to the crisis. In supporting the United Nations Security Council Resolution in 2007 to authorize the deployment of up to 26,000 peacekeepers to try to stop the violence in Darfur, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said in a speech before the General Assembly of the United Nations, the Darfur crisis was “the greatest humanitarian disaster the world faces today.”  The British government also endorsed the International Criminal Court’s ruling regarding Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and has urged the Sudanese government to co-operate.

Victims of Genocide

Both China and Russia have worked to block many United Nations resolutions in attempts to appease the Sudanese government. From its seat on the United Nations Security Council, China has been Sudan’s chief diplomatic ally. China invests heavily in Sudanese oil. The country is China’s largest oversees oil provider. Sudan’s military is supplied by Chinese-made helicopters, tanks, fighter planes, bombers, rocket launch propelled grenades, and machine guns.

For decades, Russia and China have maintained a strong economic and politically strategic partnership. The countries opposed UN peace keeping troops in the Sudan. Russia strongly supports Sudan’s territorial integrity and opposes the creation of an independent Darfuri state. Also, Russia is Sudan’s strongest investment partner and political ally in Europe. Russia considers Sudan as an important global ally in the African continent.

http://worldwithoutgenocide.org/genocides-and-conflicts/darfur-genocide

‘The British people took a leap in the dark and landed safely’

The Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir took a leap in the Dark through the most treacherous travel and ended in gloomy darkness whereas the Colombian President Santos took a leap in the dark and landed in bright Luminance safely! Santos has managed to revive peace to his country while Bashir continues trying all his eroded regime efforts to enhance the suffering of the people of his country.

Darfur Genocide, 2003 – present

Darfur Genocide, 2003 – present

© World Without Genocide 2013 www.worldwithoutgenocide.org/Darfur

 

The Sudanese government trains and arms Arab militias to kill, terrorize and destroy the predominantly non-Arab Darfur region in Sudan.

Where?

Darfur is a region in Western Sudan that encompasses an area roughly the size of Spain.

The population of Darfur is estimated at 6 million people. Hundreds of thousands of

refugees have fled into neighboring Chad and the Central African Republic.

When?

Following independence from Britain in 1956, Sudan became embroiled in two prolonged civil wars for most of the remainder

of the 20th century. Competition for scarce resources played a large role in these conflicts. Oil was discovered in western

Sudan and the Sudanese government and international contributors became increasingly interested in the land in Darfur. The

genocide in Darfur began in 2003 and continues today, driven by conflict between largely Arab grazers and non-Arab farmers.

Who?

Government-supported Arab tribesman (Janjaweed) systematically raid non-Arab

villages in Darfur, killing and terrorizing the people and burning the villages. The goal

is to remove the non-Arab farmers from the land to create a Pan-Arab state.

How?

Attacks on Darfuri villages commonly begin with Sudanese Air Force bombings

followed by Janjaweed militia raids. All remaining village men, women, and children

are murdered or forced to flee. Looting, burning of food stocks, enslaving and raping

women and children, and stealing livestock are common. Dead bodies are tossed in

wells to contaminate water supplies and entire villages are burned to the ground.

In 2004, the United States declared the on-going conflict in Darfur to be ‘genocide.’ In 2006, President Bush called for the

number of international troops in Darfur to be doubled. British Prime Minister Tony Blair called upon the members of the

European Union for a unified response to the crisis.

In 2008, the UN issued a hybrid United Nations-African Union mission (UNAMID) to maintain peace in Darfur. A UNAMID force

of 26,000 troops was authorized to use force to protect civilians, but despite this mandate, too few were sent and they lacked

the necessary equipment to carry out their mission.

In 2009, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Bashir for crimes against

humanity and, in 2010, a warrant for arrest on charges of genocide. The government of Sudan has yet to turn him over to the

Court and, since the issuance of the warrants, the country has seen increased violence. The government forcefully expelled aid

agencies, further jeopardizing the conditions for thousands of displaced and marginalized civilians.

In attempts to appease the Sudanese government, China and Russia, both permanent members of the Security Council, have

blocked many United Nations resolutions. China is Sudan’s chief diplomatic ally and invests heavily in Sudanese oil. Sudan’s

military is supplied by Chinese-made tanks, fighter planes, bombers, rocket launch propelled grenades, and machine guns. For

decades, Russia and China have maintained a strong economic and politically strategic partnership. Russia is Sudan’s strongest

investment partner and political ally in Europe.

According to the United Nations, more than 2.7 million people are internally displaced and more than 350,000 are refugees in

neighboring Chad. More than 400,000 have been killed; approximately 5,000 people die each month. The Sudanese

government denies any culpability for the violence, displacement, and death.

 

http://arabic.cnn.com/middleeast/2015/03/26/sudan-yemen-houthi-attacks

Sudan announces its participation in the Saudi-led alliance against the Houthis in Yemen

السودان يعلن مشاركته بالتحالف الذي تقوده السعودية ضد الحوثيين في اليمن

In the table below the Colombian President Santos VS the Sudanese President al-Bashir are Compared and Contrasted at a glance:

Data Santos Bashir
Full Name Juan Manuel Santos Calderón Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir
Date of Birth 10 August 1951 01 January 1944
Qualifications B.A. in economics and business at the University of Kansas (1973) USA Before taking the helm, Bashir was a Brigadier General and commander in the Sudan Armed Force (SAF)
Date of inauguration 7 August 2010 30 June 1989
In Power Since 7 August 2010 30 June 1989
What each of them achieved globally through his work 2016 Nobel Peace Prize the International Criminal Court (ICC) indicted President Bashir of committing war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in  Darfur
 Came to power after Predecessor President Álvaro Uribe Vélez Prime Minister al-Sadiq al-Mahdi
Party Social Party of National Unity National Congress Party
Number of predecessors in the helm of the country Santos is the 32nd and current President of Colombia Bashir is the 6th President of Sudan since the Independence of Sudan in 1956
Rebel Groups Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) & National Liberation Army (ELN) Sudan Liberation Army/Movement (SLA/M) & Sudanese Justice and Equality Movement (JEM)
Number of people killed Colombian conflict has killed 220,000 in 55 years and more than five million civilians were forced from their homes between 1985 – 2012, The number of people killed in the conflict in Darfur is hard to determine. The United Nations says as many as 300,000 may have died since 2003 – Khartoum puts the figure closer to 10,000.
 Beginning of the Conflict The FARC group was founded in 1964, when it declared its intention to overthrow the government and install a Marxist regime. The Conflict in Darfur began in February 26 2003
Capital Bogotá Khartoum
Currency

 

 Colombian peso Sudanese Pound
Population 47.12 million (2013) 37.96 million (2013)
Official language

 

 Spanish Arabic
National Flag
 The Date at which the flag adopted adopted on November 26, 1861 Adopted on: 20 May 1970
Size in square miles 1,138,903 square kilometers (439,733 square miles) Situated in northeast Africa, Sudan was the largest country on the continent, before the cessation of the South Sudan in 2010 when it was covering an area of 2,505,810 sq. km (967,499 sq. mi),Now shrank into only 1,886,068 km2 (728,215 square miles)
GDP per capita $8,076 (2014) (nominal, 71st) $14,171 (2015) (PPP) 1,753.38 USD (2013) World Bank
Country Map
Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Never Used and

3 Oct 2006 – Colombia had signed all treaties on weapons of mass destruction under which the nuclear-weapon States would not use, or threaten to use. 

Amnesty International has gathered harrowing evidence strongly suggesting the repeated use of chemical weapons against civilians, including very young children, in Jebel Marra – one the most remote parts of Darfur.
The duration of the war in each of the two countries Start date: 1964

52 years

Start date: 2003

14 years

Number of people Died during the Conflict 220,000 people have died in the Colombian conflict between 1958 and 2013 The (UN) says as many as 300,000 may have died since 2003 – Khartoum puts the figure closer to 10,000.31 Jul 2014
Rebel Groups involved in the Conflict left-wing guerrillas such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and the National Liberation Army (ELN) Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) rebel groups
Involvement of Proxy Militias in the Conflict There are only liberal and communist militants, namely (FARC) and (ELN) but no government allied militias but   the Colombian drug cartels exist The Janjaweed Rapid Support Force (RSF) are the (GoS) Proxy militias that operate in Darfur, western Sudan, and eastern Chad. The term janjawīd, formed from the Triad of Arabic words for “man”, “gun” and “horse”; also transliterated Janjawid)
Existence of Racist Rhetoric in the war 78.5 percent of Afro-Colombians live below the poverty line and barriers like racial discrimination exist Yet few Colombians, let alone foreigners, are paying attention. The GoS has created an environment of fear, hate and racism in the universities and Darfuri students are experiencing [an] unprecedented racist bloody campaign by the ruling party’s student militias as well as the national intelligence and security service (NISS).

 

Times of the greatest intensity follow close on the heels of racially inflammatory rhetoric by the Sudanese government and militia leaders. The Sudanese government is enlisting the help of Arab militias to destroy the black African population in Darfur. This has destroyed the national social fabric to a great extent.

Separatist Secessionist Tendencies The Department of Antioquia and its capital city is Medellin   is one of the 32 departments of Colombia between autonomism and secessionism? South Sudan officially became the Republic of South Sudan that gained its independence from Sudan in on 7 February 2011, the referendum commission published the final results, with 98.83% voting in favour of independence taking with it one third of the land and population along with three quarters of the Oil!
The continent to which the Country belongs Colombia is a transcontinental country largely situated in the northwest of South America, with territories in Central America. Sudan is bordered by Egypt to the north, the Red Sea, Eritrea, and Ethiopia to the east, South Sudan to the south, the Central African Republic to the southwest, Chad to the west and Libya to the northwest. It is the third largest country in the African continent.
The ethnic or national affiliation that the ruling regime in the country officially adopts The Colombian Constitution of 1991 abolished the previous condition of the Roman Catholic Church as state church It includes two articles providing for freedom of worship:

  • Art. 13: States that “all people are legally born free and equal” and that they will not be discriminated on the basis of “sex, race, national or familial origin, language, religion, political or philosophical opinion”

 

Arabism, allegiance to the Arab race, membership of the League of Arab States, Islamic religion and no other religion after the secession of southern Sudan, as announced by the President of Sudan Marshal Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir.
Government Efforts for National  reconciliation with the Opposition factions  and the citizens of the country Public Dialogue on Peace and Reconciliation in Colombia

Public dialogue examines the Colombia civil conflict, bringing together political leaders from different sides of the conflict. They will discuss (in a fluid dialogue format) their experiences within the Colombian peace process and lessons for the current context of talks between the Colombian government and the FARC rebel group

The 4-year long National Dialogue – Wathba Satirically-  is thought by the average Sudanese as a sort of hypocrisy and a maneuver to gain time in power and to distract the opposition and remove them away from issues of concern to the people as well as a mere laughingstock اضحوكة  to the Sudanese people.
whether the respective country has been participating in a regional or in an international war for a financial return None Sudan has participated in the Saudi Arabian-led alliance against the Houthis in Yemen codenamedOperation Decisive Storm’  in favour of the government of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. $ 2,000 per month will be paid to each Sudanese soldier for military service in Yemen within the coalition forces.
The Identity of the people of the country Citizenship Identity in Dilemma


220,000 people have died in the Colombian conflict between 1958 and 2013

The number of people killed in the conflict in Darfur is hard to determine. The United Nations (UN) says as many as 300,000 may have died since 2003 – 2014

Who are the Janjaweed? They are government of Sudan allied militias who fight a proxy war on behalf of the (GoS).

The Janjaweed (Arabic: جنجويد janjawīd, formed from the Arabic words for “man”, “gun” and “horse”; also transliterated Janjawid) are a militia that operate in Darfur, western Sudan, and eastern Chad.

 

CapitalBogotá

PresidentJuan Manuel Santos

Currency: Colombian peso

Population: 47.12 million (2013) World Bank

Official language: Spanish

         

Juan Manuel Santos Calderón (Spanish: [xwan maˈnwel ˈsantos kaldeˈɾon]; born 10 August 1951), GColIH is the 32nd and current President of Colombia and sole recipient of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.

Social Party of National Unity · 2016 Nobel Peace Prize ·

Who was the first president of Colombia?

The first president, General Simón Bolívar, took office in 1819. His position, initially self-proclaimed, was subsequently ratified by Congress. The current president of the Republic of Colombia is Juan Manuel Santos, who took office on 7 August 2010.

When Juan Manuel Santos was elected president?

On 20 June 2010, after two rounds of voting in the Presidential election, Juan Manuel Santos Calderón was officially elected as President of Colombia and was inaugurated on 7 August 2010 in the midst of a diplomatic crisis with Venezuela, which was quickly resolved.

 

Omer al-Bashir took office as a President of Sudan on Friday 30 June 1989 through a military coup d état. 

Juan Manuel Santosin full Juan Manuel Santos Calderón (born August 10, 1951, Bogotá, Colombia), Colombian politician who cofounded (2005) the Social Party of National Unity (Partido Social de Unidad Nacional, or Partido de la U), later served as president of Colombia (2010– ), and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016 for his efforts to end the protracted war with the Marxist guerrilla organization FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia; “Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia”).

Santos was born into an influential political family. His great-uncle Eduardo Santos Montejo was Colombia’s president from 1938 to 1942, and his cousin Francisco Santos Calderón served as vice president (2002–10) under Álvaro Uribe Vélez. The family also founded El Tiempo, one of the country’s largest newspapers. Santos attended the Naval Academy of Cartagena before traveling to the United States to earn a B.A. in economics and business at the University of Kansas (1973). After graduating, he headed the Colombian delegation to the London-based International Coffee Organization. While there Santos earned a master’s degree in economics, economic development, and public administration from the London School of Economics. He added a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University (1981) before returning to Colombia to work as an editor at El Tiempo, where his reporting earned him a number of accolades.

 

Santos resigned his cabinet post in 2009 to run for the presidency. His promise to continue the policies of Uribe, who was constitutionally barred from seeking a third term, proved popular with voters. Santos received 47 percent of the ballots in the first round of polling in May 2010, and in the second round, held on June 20, he secured 69 percent of the vote in a landslide victory. Santos took office on August 7, 2010.

The fate of President of the National Congress Party (NCP) in Sudan, Field Marshal Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir who has been in power he took over through a Military Coup d’état 28 years ago and continued ruling his country using Nominal but fake rigged electoral process throughout contrary to the principles of elections, will inevitably come to an end akin to that of the 22 years in power of the former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh who came to an inglorious end. As for the highly respected and exalted peacemaker Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, when his term in office comes to an end, he is Certainly would follow the well-established democratic principles of peaceful exchange of power through free, fair and transparent democratic general elections in the presence of international observers and he hands over power to those chosen by the willing majority of the people of his country.

If you can’t beat them join them principle is a null and void here!

There are a number of phrases and words; they are words of “truth” but meant to be used for the worst in the era of what is known as the Islamic National Front (NIF) or the National Congress Party (NCP). There is much that many do not know from the plans of the ruling regime of the National Congress Party to stay in power using all that is criminal using the principle of the end justifies the means along with the attempt at secret plan called the Shiite Dissimulation and the Freemasonry deceit sanctioned as halal by the Fatwas of the Clerics allied to the Front (NIF) or the National Congress Party (NCP) in the embattled Sudan. There is one important  question among the so many unanswered ones is as to whether Omer al-Bashir  can escape the shadow of the ICC haunting him day and night in his stay and or in his departure/travel?!

Omar al-Bashir Imagines that he is like the Pharaoh, who thought that everything in the world of Egypt belongs to him and that his opinion is above all opinions and he sees only what he sees or so as his actions towards the people of Sudan show. There is no reason to believe that the foregoing is not the case in the minds of the tyrant.

The kind of the foregoing study can go on further if one tried to convince everyone; It is not possible to please everyone especially those who dispute in order to refute the truth with false argument.

Francis Bacon- (1561-1626) Philosopher, British Lord Chancellor has been quoted as saying: “Men prefer to believe what they prefer to be true.” 

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/63465-man-prefers-to-believe-what-he-prefers-to-be-true

Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman is an author, columnist and a blogger. His blog is https://thussudan.wordpress.com/

 

They once said “the impossible are three the existence of ghouls, the phoenix and the faithful friend”!

قالوا قديماً “المستحيلات ثلاثة الغول والعنقاء والخل الوفي،

 

Welcome the Partial Release of JEM affiliated Prisoners of War by President Bashir

Welcome the Partial Release of JEM affiliated Prisoners of War by President Bashir

By Mahmoud A. Suleiman

Dear esteemed readers, before going into the details, it has become onus upon us to pay tributes and congratulations to our gallant released Prisoners of War (POWs) and our congratulations also go to their families,   to us and to the entire Sudanese people.

In the beginning we in the People of Sudan extend our sincere congratulations to our dear comrades Prisoners Of War (POWs) in the forces of the Sudanese revolution, who have been released from the regime of the NCP prisons in Khartoum during the days of Thursday March 9, 2017 and Sunday March 12, 2017.  Without doubt we consider this an important step that deserves our praise and welcoming, despite the fact that there are still hundreds of our compatriots in the forces both armed and civilian revolution kept behind bars, some in open prisons and others, mostly high ranked officers, in secret prisons akin to the infamous “ghost houses” which were in full operation during the period 1989-1995. They are living in extremely harsh conditions and abominable treatment at the evil merciless hands of the notorious so-called ‘National’ Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) – the torture machine. Nevertheless, generally speaking the current move comes as a positive initiative despite the limitations referred to earlier. Furthermore, one thinks that it promotes steps in seeking good intentions towards real comprehensive national dialogue which would spare our country Sudan from the scourge of the ongoing civil and intertribal wars of attrition with further tearing of the remaining Sudan into warring cantons.

Furthermore, and in this window of opportunity, we reiterate and renew our congratulations to the released prisoners of war (POWs) belonging to the Sudanese army, who have been captured  earlier by  the founding members of the mother Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) before breaking apart into two factions. The Original (SRF) was formed of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM/A- N), Sudan Liberation Movement Minni Minnawi (SLM/A – MM), Sudan Liberation Movement Abdel Wahid (SLM/A-AW) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) along with some civilians from the Sudanese political parties. The SPLM North has recently released (POWs) soldiers belonged to the Sudan government in Kampala-Uganda under the auspices of the Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni on behalf of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front  (SRF).

While we pay Congratulations to the Champions who have been pardoned from wrongdoing we look forward to their unconditional release. We salute their steadfastness and struggle for the Just Cause and we ask our Lord for lifting the detention off those who still remain in prison cells. We also wish for our homeland becoming free from the grip of the oppressive racist criminal NCP regime. Our sincere Heartfelt Congratulations to the champions for change! Thank God for the safety of the rebel Champions who rose up against the systematic oppression, injustice, marginalization and deprivation of rights and Congratulations for getting out of the prison cells to the horizons of freedom. Furthermore, we thank Allah for the Cancellation of the Unjust Death Sentence and Death Penalty on the gallant hero Tom Hamed and reiterate our thanks to God for the safety of comrade Tom from the originally unjustified prison term.

 

Joy coincided with anger

Joy surrounding the anger is the significance accompanying the release of prisoners of war (POWs) belonging to the Movement for Justice and Equality (JEM). Mixed emotions and feelings prevailed following the news which initially hardly believed by the loved ones of the (Pows). The coexistence of the opposed duo temperaments  seemed a phenomenon, though It was not something unexpected during these circumstances in which Sudanese people facing the woes from the tragedies caused by the ruling regime of the NCP. However, the release of the POWs and the accompanying jubilation highlight the desire of the Sudanese people to get out of the impasse their country has remained languishing in since the dawn of the Independence from the colonial occupation powers more than 60 years ago.

 

 

This article comes against the backdrop of the presidential Decree No. 165 dated March 8 2017 which called off the death penalty and a general amnesty and partial release of the prisoners of war (POWs) who belonged to the rebel Sudanese Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). The number of released prisoners of war had reached 259 fighters. The total number 259 of the POWs who were included in the Decree can be divided according to their categories as follows:

44 Prisoners of the Operation Long Arm (OLA) on 10 May 2008 when (JEM) entered the three Town Capital of Sudan Khartoum through the Omdurman Town

18 Prisoners of Donkey Baashim Battle

4 Prisoners of the Battle of the Tais locality

12 Prisoners of the Battle of Fanga

181 Prisoners of the Battle of Goz Dongo on Tuesday 28 April 2015

 

The ruling regime of the National Congress Party (NCP) previously issued unjust sentences against the brave gallant members of (JEM) forces that reached to the death penalties from the Inquisition Courts. They have been subjected to grim living conditions against all the international norms and humanitarian rights. The majority of the captives suffered from negligence which led to the martyrdom of a number of them inside the regime’s prisons. While according to the International Law prisoners of wars (POWs) should not be brought to trial in the first place and should be treated with dignity and in accordance with the norms of international law. On the other hand, the presidency of the ruling regime of the NCP tried to decorate the decision by the words (to foster a spirit of national reconciliation and create a climate for sustainable peace in the country) with the knowledge that this is not the first time that the regime issues a decree to pardon for JEM POWs. This was preceded by the (JEM) decision in 2010 of general amnesty for all prisoners belonged to the (NCP) regime and released them to show goodwill during the peace negotiations in Doha, Qatar. As expected, the NCP) security services did not implemented a reciprocal action towards the JEM (POW). The Movement for Justice and Equality for its part has released all the (POWs) belonging to the government forces again and again and those are the principles of the movement toward war prisoners. The recent remarks made by the previous POW  who belonged to the government of Sudan (GoS)  force Colonel Ihab Abdel Moneim,  who has been released from  captivity by the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) stands out  as a good model. Furthermore, there are a number of Prisoners of War (POWs) who were not covered by presidential decree. They include the Revolutionary Ibrahim Al-maz group and Lt. Col. Tom Hamed Tutu as well as the Senior (JEM) Officers who were captured and removed from the battle of Goz Dongo and put them in secret prisons and held incommunicado. We call on the government of the (NCP) in Khartoum to release those senior officers who until this moment we do not know their fate. And of course, the rest of those belonging to the Revolutionary political forces and detained politicians and civilians taking into account the rights guaranteed to them by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the international covenant of human rights. It needs not reiterating that obvious fact that Prisoners of war (POWs) are not subject to trial and should be treated with dignity and in accordance with the norms of international law. The last 14 years of the Darfur conflict have shown that the National Congress Party (NCP) regime led by Omer al-Bashir is no stranger for continuing to negotiate in bad faith to bamboozle the parties in the dispute. To the misfortune of the regime of the NCP that its parties in the dispute, in particular the archenemy (JEM), have learned those intrigues the hard way.

Some political analysts have indicated that the manifest meanings and values of the revolution and the revolutionaries who knew in advance the price to be paid for the goals that they believed in them. And these sacrifices will be in the forefront of drafting the modern history of Sudan side by side with the lights of our martyrs and the lights that illuminate the darkness of the way down to the desired hope.

At this juncture the political opposition components, both civilian and armed rebel s should not let the opportunity and the door open for those who want to justify the release of prisoners of war (POWs) as a grant and a step towards a dialogue with the National Congress Party (NCP) regime. This is because the ruling (NCP) government now perhaps thinking that the release of (POWs) of JEM paving the  way  to the so-called soft landing across Thabo Mbeki’s Addis  Ababa  debacle and other international community intersecting interests driven failed initiatives. Nevertheless, the latter statement by no means indicates outright refusal of peace which JEM longed for it over the 14 odd years since forced to resort to taking up arms due to absence of a genuine partner who calls and agrees for sustainable peace with paid dues and entitlements.

The vicious cycle through which the Darfur crisis gone through shouldn’t have occurred had it not for the intransigence and the prevarication  of the (NCP) regime which thought by so doing would succeed in gaining more time for staying on the helm of Sudan and shielding its genocidal leader Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir  from the grip by the  hand of the international criminal court (ICC) for trial at The Hague in the Netherlands for the crimes he has perpetrated against the civilian Sudanese people in Darfur.

Despite our utmost joy and delight and the right of the released (POWs) for the decision of the cancelation of the sentences, but many political observers believe that the direct purpose for the decision of Omar al-Bashir at this particular time is to satisfy the new administration of the United States of America in order that it does not seek to cancel the decision of the President Barack Obama’s administration which lifted partially the decades long economic sanctions on Sudan. This thesis seems to have been based on President Donald Trump’s quest in bypassing or annulling the Executive Orders (EO) and decisions of his predecessor Barak Obama – Obamacare is an example par excellence.

And whatever the motives behind the release of prisoners of war (POWs) belonging to the Movement for Justice and Equality (JEM) and other captives whether Government affiliated or rebel movement groups all of whom are Sudanese citizen, now or at any other time, it is our duty to warmly welcome and congratulate the released prisoners and their families and the Sudanese people as a whole. All of us the people of Sudan need to seek all the means and ways to stop these never-ending civil wars of attrition and go ahead to sustainable peace and build a state of citizenship identity, freedom, decent life and establish the rule of law and good governance.

Idowu Koyenikan, the highly quoted author and internationally recognized consultant has been quoted as saying “Your pride for your country should not come after your country becomes great; your country becomes great because of your pride in it.” There is no denying that there is evil in this world but the light will always conquer the darkness”.http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/nation-building.

Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman is an author, columnist and a blogger. His blog is https://thussudan.wordpress.com/

The End Justifies the Means of the International Community Keeps Bashir in Power of Sudan

 

The End Justifies the Means of the International Community Keeps Bashir in Power of Sudan

By Mahmoud A. Suleiman

All indications show that the so-called international community is working tirelessly hard to keep the ruling regime of the National Congress Party (NCP), which committed crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide in the Darfur in power in Sudan through the former President of Post-Apartheid South Africa, a diplomatically Corrupt and Chairman of the African Union High Implementation Panel (AH-HIP) Thabo Mbeki who is now the International Community – US, EU, UK – puppet which is moved like a Chess Stick in accordance with the requirements of the stage and the needs of the intersecting interests along the lines of the Machiavelli Principle of the end justifies the means. Furthermore, Hypocrisy and double standards of the international community remain the Master of the situation towards the just cause of the people of Sudan in general and the Darfur citizens in particular.

The reported outrage of the Sudanese political opposition faction National Consensus Forces (NCF) which accused the United States of America (USA) of spearheading  a plot of the international community through the African Union mediator Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki to maintain the (NCP) regime of the genocidal criminal, fugitive from the international justice, Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir. http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article61739

Eighth Anniversary of ICC Indictment of Bashir

It is Noteworthy that Saturday the fourth of March 2017 will mark the eighth anniversary of date in the year 2009 when it brought the charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the President of the ruling regime of the NCP, Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir who perpetrated the heinous crimes in the war-torn region of Darfur in Western Sudan and he remains at large since then. This occasion, the eighth anniversary of the indictment of Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir with genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity is a reminder to the international community that the issue of the people of Sudan in Darfur is still alive and that the criminals of genocide are still at large and that the Sudanese People are still calling and demanding the arrest of the culprits and bring them to international justice and no for the normalization of relations and support for them. Thabo Mbeki, working on behalf of the International Community keeps summoning the Sudanese opposition factions, both armed and civil, in marathon round trips to the Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa for meetings the outcome of which known in advance and the results of those meetings, are nothing but catching the wind and the primary goal goes unheeded. The purpose of those meetings in the face of negotiations between the opposition and the ruling regime delegation of the Party National Congress, which usually come to Addis Ababa negotiating positions incapacitating usually undermine the meetings from the first glance, because the opposition understands the intention of the Khartoum government delegation which longs for the meeting to be closed without reaching the intended results. The Sitcom goes on. This boring series have been going without for so long without leading to a concrete result. And unfortunately leads to prolonged suffering of the Sudanese people in areas of conflict and prolonging the rule of the National Congress Party (NCP) regime to continue committing more crimes against the people of Sudan. The Thabo Mbeki Sitcom has been going on for over seven odd years in the 21st century. Unfortunately, this so-called International Community tends to exchange these malicious roles as required by the political interests of the respective countries centered on a fixed set of interests at the time.

The Members of the international community in order to dominate the world, they did not care of the ideals such as humanity and world peace and human rights, except in accordance with their interests, especially the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. Unfortunately these are obvious facts before the peoples of the third world who continue living under dictatorship regimes backed by the international community.

Our Evidence

And our guiding evidence on what we say is the unwavering and unrivaled support in these days, which has been given to the ruling regime of the National Congress Party (NCP) by the of troika of United States, the United Kingdom and Norway and the praise, which it does not worth that al-Bashir has abided by the commitment and improved human rights. The trio have unashamedly dared saying in spite of the continuing war crimes in the Nuba Mountains and in Darfur where the entity used weapons of MAs destruction in the form of chemical weapons against the Sudanese citizens in the Jebel Marra area and along with the crimes committed by the militia of Bashir’s government, which is called Rapid Support Force (RSF, the former notorious Janjaweed militias. This is in spite of the fact that  the British Parliamentary Group on Sudan and South Sudan has released its report on the Sudanese-British relations, calling to connect any debt relief for the (NCP) regime to move to a comprehensive peace and democratic transformation in the country.

And of the evidence which refutes the allegations of the view of the international community in the praising of the Khartoum government is the continued repression and the suppression of freedoms and the imprisonment of dissidents,  confiscation of newspapers and imprison and torture of journalists, as well as to concealment the places where the prisoners of war are incarcerated. Moreover, the Security chaos, intertribal warfare through stirring sedition among the communities and insecurity throughout the country including the major cities and towns using the proxy militias and mercenaries to create lawlessness. Of the Sudanese citizens subjected to prolonged detention without charge or submit to the court is the Sudanese human rights defender Dr. Mudawi Ibrahim Adam and is being subjected to a smear campaign by newspapers controlled by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS). Source: http://sudaneseonline.com/board/10/msg/Detained-Dr-Mudawi-subject-to-%e2%80%98smear-campaign%e2%80%99-by-Sudan%e2%80%99s-state-media-1487909305.htm

The Human rights groups and activists expressed concern for Dr. Mudawi Ibrahim Adam who has been unlawfully detained since December 7, 2016 and has been on Hunger Strike. https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/mudawi-ibrahim-adam-detained

Arbitrary detention Incommunicado has become the weapon that the notorious (NISS) uses to target anyone who expresses his/her right of opinion.

Refutable Messages

The messages that have been sent by members of the international community in favour of and interest of the Génocidaire Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir and his criminal entourage remained contradictory to what is happening on the ground in the zones and places of war and even in the capital Khartoum where civilian citizens suffer from all kinds and sorts of suppression of freedom besides the woes of the cost of living and the scarcity of basic goods and a lack of health services as a result of rampant corruption among the Influential members of the ruling regime of the NCP and parasitic capitalism of the Muslim Brotherhood Movement (MBM) cadre who crave for empowerment and riches and running behind the unlawful enrichment at the expense of the rights of the citizen knockout by the hardships of living.

Rewards to RSF

The RSF Militias tended to wreak havoc with the peace and security of the ordinary noncombatant Sudanese citizens in order to please their master of grace who would offer them rewards in return from the public purse along with bestowing kudos on them!

Eighth Anniversary of ICC Indictment of Bashir

On 4 March 2009, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Ocampo, that the Court had sufficient evidence to claim off Bashir to charges resulting from inquiries regarding war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed in Darfur, the Court therefore demands that Omar al-Bashir, President of Sudan, appear in court to face the charges, and if he doesn’t, the signatory States to the Rome Convention, and also the Security Council arrested to stand trial in the Hague.

Threat with Doom and Gloom

The international community tended to issue threat of doom and gloom for the Sudanese opposition components that include the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) and the Alliance of Sudan Call  in both of which exists the civil and armed sectors. Therefore, the opposition components used to consider the- instructions issued by the international community, work for their interests and not for the welfare of the people of Sudan who are living under the rule of dictatorships of Omar al-Bashir.

The Sudanese opposition components do not reject the national dialogue in principle, but they do not see what is submitted by the ruling regime of the NCP anything new counting on the seriousness that lead to sustainable peace and full democratization. But what the regime is doing is nothing more than prevarication and intransigence which leads to undermining the principle of dialogue and real negotiation. Therefore, the proper place for the (NCP) criminal regime is the trash and the dustbin of history by being ousted through a popular uprising. The fallen Heroes late Dr. John Garang De-Mabior has been quoted as said that the elements in the regime of the (NCP) are too deformed to be reformed.  https://martinplaut.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/splm-north-chairman-malik-agars-new-year-message/

The (NCP) regime continues in its fundamentalist ideology of “we or the Deluge”. The Khartoum Clique of the Islamic Fundamentalist regime led by  the genocidal criminal General Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir with their arrogant statements have proven beyond a shred of doubt that they would not allow other political groups to share ruling Sudan. The following are their verbatim quotes from the mouths of the influential individuals in the regime: Lt-Gen. Mustafa Ebeid, Quote ;( We are main players in regional and internal politics, so nobody apart from us meaning the Islamic movement shall rule Sudan) end of the quote. Thus, Sudan remains a long lasting conflict-ridden failed state, monopolised by the aforementioned clique.

In Gadarif 2011 again Bashir has been quoted as saying “South has gone, Sudan is predominantly an Arab Islamic country no talk or call for diversity “end of the quote. https://martinplaut.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/splm-north-chairman-malik-agars-new-year-message/

The hardline Islamists group at the core of regime chaired by Omer al-Bashir has no intention of sharing either power or wealth with the majority of the Sudanese. One of the main reasons for this position taken by the (NCP) regime clique  is their belief that the definitive arrival of another Sudanese party to power means the handing over and delivery the chuckled  Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir and his entourage to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. Moreover, this belief remains the most important factor in the persistence of the regime governing solo for the protection of Omar al-Bashir from the apprehending hand of the (ICC). And for these reasons that anyone who still believes that he will have the opportunity to govern Sudan, while the Islamic movement group on the helm of Sudan he/she is considered as if living in a daydream. This fact also applies to the international community, which has been betting on the possibility of the arrival of the ruling regime of the NCP through negotiation and dialogue to agree to the participation of government with the Sudanese opposition components through peaceful exchange of power, according to well-known democratic norms.

On the whole, the objectives of the international community were clear and well known. In that, they have uttered them explicitly before that they do not agree to change of the ruling regime of the NCP, but rather just reform to fix it!

Blame game

It is pointless for the international community to target and blame the Sudanese opposition group in Isolation without directing the blame to Omer al-Bashir and his regime in the First Place. It is unfortunate that the international community envoys – the arms of affiliated to it and the organizations related to it such as the human rights bodies; visit Khartoum under the control of Sudanese security devices, National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), that does not allow them to see the real situation on the ground. They then write telltale reports from the mouthpiece of Omer al-Bashir’s regime that has provided the information for such visits. It needless to say that information has no credibility since it is a censured by from government sources and not from independent sources. They are nothing but views or reports coming out from-Bashir’s security apparatus. The aforementioned narrative relates to the visit of the Independent Expert on Human Rights in Sudan, Aristide Nononsi.

Rapprochement between NCP of Omar al-Bashir and the European Union recently:

The ruling regime of the NCP this time feels blissfully and unprecedentedly happy for the rapprochement initiated with the EU and the US administration under the former President Barack Obama. Therefore, the regime believes that the international community would compel the Sudanese political opposition to accept all the dictates of them in the interest of Omar al-Bashir. However, political analysts expect that the rapprochement between the NCP regime and the EU will not last long given the recent repressive inhumane treatment of Omer al- Bashir’s regime for the refugees from Ethiopia and Eritrea. The report stated that the European Members of Parliament (MEP) called for inquiry as Ethiopian and Eritrean asylum seekers receive 40 lashes and $800 fines, while activists warn EU migration aid is emboldening Sudan. Moreover and according to  The Guardian — The EU is facing calls to rethink its cooperation with Sudan on migration flows after scores of refugees were whipped, fined, jailed and deported from Khartoum last weekend following a peaceful protest over a huge rise in visa processing fees. https://ecadforum.com/2017/02/27/ethiopia-eu-urged-to-end-cooperation-with-sudan-after-refugees-whipped-and-deported/ And the report continued saying that “About 65 asylum seekers the majority from Ethiopia and some from Eritrea were lashed 40 times on their backs and the back of their legs with leather whips, lawyers told the Guardian”. This incident is likely to raise grave concerns about the strength of human rights conditions attached to more than One hundred US Dollars ($100m) which is migration-related aid earmarked for Sudan by the European (EU) commission. To make matters worse for the (NCP) regime, Last week, a British parliamentary inquiry warned that in Sudan, “the European Union’s long-held reputation as a human rights standard-bearer is in danger of being sacrificed at the altar of migration”. https://ecadforum.com/2017/02/27/ethiopia-eu-urged-to-end-cooperation-with-sudan-after-refugees-whipped-and-deported/

In the circumstances, the (NCP) regime has left no room or leaves any glimmer of hope and no choice or an area for the Sudanese opposition to engage in dialogue with it and thereby it became clear that the Sudanese people in resolving their continuing crises, they have to oust the regime by all the available means.

Frederick Douglass the African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman has been quoted as said that: “The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress”.
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Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman is an author, columnist and a blogger. His blog is https://thussudan.wordpress.com/

 

 

Omer AL Bashir’s Congratulation for Donald Trump remains Double-edged Sword

 

Omer AL Bashir’s Congratulation for Donald Trump remains Double-edged Sword

By Mahmoud A. Suleiman

This is a note to the readers of this article about my use of the phrase double-edged sword.  It means that Omar al-Bashir’s Speedy congratulation offer to Donald Trump might turn out with negative results such as a miscalculation that recoils on its maker – like a boomerang! This assumption is based on the unpredictability and fame of President Donald Trump in the Issuance of Controversial Executive Orders with far reaching consequences. Travel ban for citizens of majority Muslim countries to the US for ninety days, an example par excellence. And of course, we should not turn a blind eye to his views on the construction of the fence between his country and Mexico and that he does not recognize the climate change and his unjustified hostility towards the media and journalists for no apparent reasons and so forth. Perhaps we have not wronged the US president in his right if we brought some of the aforementioned examples of the actions of the new US President Donald Trump.

AS for the NCP regime president Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir, he feels a little glee and pleasure these days for the positions taken by the so-called international community, which began to flirt with the ruling regime in Khartoum, according to the intersecting interests. This is more so especially the wave of migration coming from the Horn of African countries – Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti to European beaches and shores across the Mediterranean Sea, Libya, as well as the fight against terrorism coming from the state Islamist in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in exchange for millions of euros from the European Union (EU). It is noteworthy that the regime of the NCP built camps in the Far East region of Sudan to imprison refugees from the Horn of African countries in dire humanitarian conditions similar to the Nazi camps to prevent them crossing into Europe. And worst, they are denial of access to the money which is estimated in the millions obtained from the EU. It is reported that there are about 35 thousand refugees  in the states of Eastern Sudan., The most famous and most influential among the camps is »Shejarab» Camp  in Kassala State كسلا – معسكر شجراب. https://www.alrakoba.net/news-action-show-id-41320.htm.

With regards to the favourable report of the outgoing the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Donald E. Booth about the Sudanese regime, political analysts thought that Mr. Booth was a frustrated envoy and never achieved anything tangible during the tenure of his office. He tried to reward the genocidal criminal regime! Moreover, Mr. Booth’s master of grace, former President Barak Obama, also rewarded the (NCP) regime partial lifting of economic sanctions before his departure, which the people of Sudan’s War-Torn Darfur region – survivors of genocide –  would not shed tears as he (Obama) failed to honour his pledges and promises he made 8 years ago.

It is regrettable that the international community represented in the UN Special Panel for Darfur on behalf the UN Security Council, visiting the National Congress Party (NCP) government in Khartoum has been writing reports the source of information of which is the ruling regime of the NCP without their visits to areas of conflict in Darfur. The people of Darfur strongly believe that the UNSC armchair report writers have been depending in most cases on false information in their accounts. And even worst is hat the UN Security Council issues allegations against the armed movements of Darfur based on those biased reports and incriminates them of alleged recruitment of Child Soldiers without verified evidence free from suspicion and falsehood. It is regrettable that the UNSC unfortunately,  has brought itself into disrepute and to the degree of lack of credibility through the reports based on information gathered from the criminal genocidal regime of the National Congress Party (NCP) in Khartoum that playing the roles of judge, jury and executioner.

Based on the foregoing, the people of Sudan in the war-torn region of Darfur would like to express their disappointment regarding the lack of attention to the grievances underlying the current conflict in Darfur. Still injustice from the (NCP) affects the people of Darfur especially the students from Darfur in universities and other higher education institutions throughout Sudan, discrimination against the people of Darfur in cities, government institutions, civil and military service and business. The NCP regime deliberately failed to disarm or disband the Janjaweed militias – the NCP recycled Janjaweed the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) which wreaked havoc on the villages, towns and cities including the Sudanese Capital Khartoum and of course the region of Darfur leading to more displacement and migration of the population. Therefore, no lasting peace is expected in Sudan without addressing the underlying causes of the conflict and their resolution. The Darfur crisis has continued as it were 14 years on without a tangible hope. The people of Darfur in particular and Sudan in general expect the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to take greater notice of the need to resolve the causes of the ongoing woes and other issues facing the civilian population. Moreover, among what makes political observers surprised and frustration for the citizens is the silence of the international institution (UNSC) on the use of chemical weapons by the Government of Sudan against the civilian population of Darfur in the Jebel Marra locality and certainly there are other unresolved grievances. And, of course, there is still non-stop talk about the genocidal criminal and the fugitive from the international justice, leader of the NCP regime, Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir who continues freely travelling widely even to countries considered signatories and ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), and his arrest warrant.  The first warrant for arrest for Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir was issued on 4 March 2009, the second on 12 July 2010. However, the suspect is still at large. https://www.icc-cpi.int/darfur/albashir. The Popular proverb says that snakes no matter how long they age, they cannot dispense with their deadly poison. Accordingly, the ruling regime of the NCP remains dependent on harboring terrorists. And all the reports confirm the existence of their evil hands in Libya and Egypt joining the forces with fellow jihadists of multitude names. The international community’s reliance on the ruling regime of the NCP to fight terrorism is nothing but running after the mirage thinking there was a sea of water, so to speak.!

Now we enter in some detail to the subject of the title of this article. News Media outlets carried lot of commentaries and criticisms of the recent news about the US new President Donald J. Trump’s myriad Executive Orders (EO) that have so far affected many people’s lives around the globe. Opinions on the (EOs) of President Trump have been diverse. As for the people of Sudan in Darfur they wish President Donald Trump in Washington to issue a new Executive Order (EO) to link the lifting of economic sanctions on Sudan to sustainable Peace and Democratic reforms. As we know very well that the lifting of economic sanctions on Sudan, which is decided by the former US President Barack Obama will only benefit the parasitic capitalists, vampires and the consumers of public coffers affiliated to the ruling regime of the NCP and will not benefit the Sudanese people in Darfur who suffer under poverty, disease, killing and forced displacement from their original homes to bring in foreigners in their place for preparation for the crime of demographic change of the region.  But the people of Sudan do not object in principle lifting of economic sanctions on Sudan in the event that would benefit the members of the general disenfranchised Sudanese public.  But with respect to  President Trump’s controversial Executive Orders (EOs) some quarters considered them as blessings whereas others  might have  called them as a “Disaster in the Making “. In that, as if the President is offering Cart Blanche to the extremist terrorists to target the US. The latter referring to the travel ban for Seven Muslim Majority Countries of Sudan, Syria, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, , Libya, and Yemen . Most of the criticism towards the travel ban strategy came from people within the US, EU and Iran. The rest of the world including the National Congress Party (NCP) regime in Sudan which earlier praised the coming of Donald Trump as a US President and successor to President Barack Obama, who lifted partially the economic sanctions imposed on Sudan since the era of the rule of former President Bill Clinton then, in 1997. President Bill Clinton issued that Executive Order to stop the National Islamic Front (NIF)  in Sudan from sponsoring ‘terrorism’ for harbouring extremist Islamists, among them Osama Bin Laden and  as well as to its violations of human rights. To be more precise, the U.S. placed Sudan on its list of countries sponsoring terrorism in 1993, and in 1997 President Clinton imposed a comprehensive trade embargo against Sudan and blocked the assets of the Sudanese government, claiming it was sponsoring international terrorism. Osama bin Laden was living in Khartoum, as a guest of the Sudan’s government, when he was suspected of responsibility for the bombings of the United States Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, in 1998, killing more than 200 people. In 1995, sanctions led Sudan to cut its ties with terrorists and expelled Osama bin Laden on May 18, 1996, to Afghanistan. Peter Bergen the American journalist, author, documentary producer, professor, think tank executive and CNN’s national security analyst has been quoted as said that – at one point people in al Qaeda were actually drawing monthly paychecks when they were based in Sudan. https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/p/peterlber432542.html. Furthermore, Barton David Gellman the American journalist and bestselling author known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning reports on the September 11 attacks has been reported as had indicated that the government of Sudan, employing a back channel direct from its president to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), offered in the early spring of 1996 to arrest Osama bin Laden and place him in Saudi custody, according to officials and former officials in all three countries https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=Barton+Gellman+and+sudan. In retaliation, President Bill Clinton ordered a cruise missile strike against what turned out to be a pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum, named ‘Al-Shifa’. The US administration, at the time, claimed the plant was actually a disguised chemical weapons factory. The US officials said that soil samples taken outside the Al-Shifa plant had shown the presence of a substance known as Empta, whose only function was to make the nerve gas VX. The plant, moreover, was heavily guarded, the President Clinton Administration said, and it showed a suspicious lack of ordinary commercial activities. Since 1997 the US has regularly renewed sanctions quoting the continuing conflicts in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan regions and humanitarian issues as well as a number of outstanding issues between Sudan and South Sudan including the dispute over the oil-rich area of Abyei. http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.mfa.gov.et/-/united-states-announces-its-intention-to-lift-economic-sanctions-on-sudan&gws_rd=cr&ei=qRCWWKreNojDgAa5x4WgBw

Many people wonder about the possibility that the new American President Donald Trump to issue an Executive Order to cancel former President Obama’s decision to lift economic sanctions on Sudan in part as he tried to cancel Obama’s previous decisions, and particular in the area known by the term Obamacare which is the plan for health care and health services. And what making its likelihood stronger is the re-inclusion of the name of Sudan among the countries that have been prohibited from entering its civilians to the United States for a period of ninety days. In the period 1990–1991 the National Islamic Front (NIF) under the leadership of the late Dr. Hassan Abdalla al-Turabi established the Popular Arab and Islamic Congress Conference (PAIC) that sought to unify Mujahideen and other Islamic elements in the wake of the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Iraqi defeat in the Gulf War. Al-Turabi’s move was thought as an attempt of forming a Pan-Arabism and Pan-Islamic union. It was estimated to have brought together 500 people among them Osama Bin Laden, from 45 nations; Hassan al-Turabi, as Secretary-General of the Conference.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popular_Arab_and_Islamic_Congress

The NIF slogans at the time were very hostile to the West in general and to the United States of America in particular. The NIF considered the US as its arch-enemy; and that its demise has had been nearing! Moreover, the NIF affiliates boasted that their ideology emanated from what they called the “Cultural Project and Apostolic Orientation”. Moreover, they strongly thought that both America and Russia their Torment has been brought near!

Today there is a Sudanese citizen who has said in a letter to both America and Russia Let’s open a new avenue for securing food for many of the inhabitants of the earth, to all humanity without any sort of religious affiliation, race, colour creed, gender, age or locality and open the new page or interests and to fight hunger, poverty and ignorance, not only in Sudan but in many parts of the globe!

The foregoing Logos of hatred which were raised by the NIF and traded in the name of the Islamic religion only for acquisition of empowerment, corruption and enrichment to defraud the ordinary Muslim people and those logos have now gone unheeded!  Moreover, the National Congress Party (NCP) regime and its predecessor National Islamic Front (NIF) have long claimed their Arab ancestry and contempt and disdain for the rest of the citizens and residents of the country of Sudan on the basis of racism and condescension in spite of their physical Negroid features. Racism goes on in the souls of those staunchly affiliated to the Supremacist   Muslim Brotherhood Movement in Sudan as the blood that runs in their bodies! Nevertheless, the phrase “the pot calling the kettle black” is applicable to them.  Leila Aboulela, the Sudanese writer who writes in English and Her latest novel, The Kindness of Enemies is inspired by the life of Imam Shamil, who united the tribes of the Caucasus to fight against Russian Imperial expansion has been quoted as saying: (Sudan is not Arab enough for Arabs and not African enough for Africans).

http://www.quotter.net/sudan-is-not-arab-enough-for-arabs-and-not-african-enough-for-africans-quote-by-leila-aboulela_1188001

Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman is an author, columnist and a blogger. His blog is https://thussudan.wordpress.com/

No to the silence and conspiracy surrounding the genocide of Darfur

 

No to the silence and conspiracy surrounding the genocide of Darfur

BY Mahmoud A. Suleiman

Important Note: The above title is borrowed from the Darfur Women Action Group Site: http://www.darfurwomenaction.org/?gclid=Cj0KEQiAiMHEBRC034nx2ImB1J0BEiQA-r7ctgy80HdfXJTNBaYpb7y_zEb5SlVu2Q52_lBZJvmYl1oaAmMc8P8HAQ

Please note that this article comes on the backdrop of the 72nd Anniversary of the Nazi Holocaust on Thursday, January 26, 2017. All the Genocide features continue in Darfur continues under the sight and hearing of the world represented in the United Nations Organization (UN) and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (UNSC) of USA, UK, France, Russia, China, and the European Union (EU), the African Union (AU) and the League of Arab, formally the League of Arab State and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. It remains to be seen what the new US President Donald J. Trump intends to do. Humanity lives in a strange world that harbored the perpetrators of genocide like Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir of Sudan to remain at large travels around the world despite the arrest warrant of the International Criminal Court (ICC) since 2009. Some might ask about the feasibility of the presence of international institutions and human rights organisations, including the International Criminal Court (ICC) without being activated as they should!

The War waged in Darfur represented one of the major armed conflicts in Sudan, after the end of southern Sudan conflict by the cessation of the South and gained its independence from Sudan in 2011. The crisis in Darfur began in February 2003 when the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) rebel groups began fighting the government of Sudan, which they accused of oppressing Darfur’s non-Arab population and denying them from participating as citizen in sharing the Power and Wealth of the country, given the fact that the population of the Region amounts to more than 20 per cent of the entire population of the country.

As of February 2017, the Issue of the Sudanese Civilians in the Region of Darfur will mark the 14th XIV morose and ill-fated Anniversary. In a nutshell, it is not easy to calculate the inventory of those lean years in the light of the continued implementation of systematic genocide against the population of the region by the ruling regime of the branch of the Global Muslim Brotherhood Movement (MBM) in Khartoum headed by the Génocidaire fugitive from International Justice, Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir and his cronies, entourage of corrupt failed group. Sometimes such an inventory is referred to as the harvest of the wildfire, metaphorically!  Also sometimes it is referred to as a cry over spilled milk. However, there is always one important thing stands out from such continuing misery caused to the survivors of genocide in Darfur in 2004, ten years after the genocide in Rwanda, 59 years after the Nazi HOLOCAUST From 1941 to 1945 and Nine years after the genocide in Bosnia 1992-1995. Nevertheless, in order that one to be more serious on this overtly serious matter one would try going further to expose the failures that accompanied the civilian populations who suffered all kinds of woes of killings, gang rape of women and young girls, mass displacement, forced migration, looting of property, burning of homes while the international community remained inept, toothless  and divided along the lines of intersecting interests with the National Congress Party (NCP) regime that offers concession after a concession in lieu of being kept on the helm of once a Greater Sudan – one million Square Mile sized, the Map of which now has been distorted by the forced secession of its southern part , including the people who have established another failed  neighbouring country. By Thursday 26 January 2017, the Nazi HOLOCAUST has marked the 72nd Anniversary. AS for the people of the region of Darfur, Genocide still continues unabatedly and new breed of weapons being used by the NCP regime, including Chemical Warfare in the localities of the Jebel Marra Massive in the Central State of Darfur, of Western Sudan. While this article incorporates Genocide as a core item, one shouldn’t bypass the suffering of the people of Cambodia under the Communist rule of Khmer Rouge led by the infamous brutal regime of Pol Pot. The brutal regime of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge evacuated Phnom Penh’s 2.5 million residents. Former civil servants, doctors, teachers and other professionals were stripped of their possessions and forced to toil in the fields as part of a reeducation process.  Khmer Rouge movement led Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. During that time, about 1.5 million Cambodians out of a total population of 7 to 8 million died of starvation, execution, disease or overwork –precisely of Genocide. http://www.history.com/topics/pol-pot.

Regrettably, and Unfortunately, the matter does not concern the absence of the tragedy of the people of Darfur from the international community Radar, but the worst is the closeness and the rapprochement developing between the members of the international community represented by the United States of America (US) under the former President Barak Obama and the European Union (EU) with Omer al-Bashir’s regime. Before the end of his term in office, Obama opted for a partial lifting of economic sanctions, whereas the (EU) offered the gift of millions of euros to the Government of criminal genocide Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir.in lieu for cooperation in curbing the flow of migration from the Horn of African nations – Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti to the shores of Europe across the Mediterranean Sea or through Libya. Regarding the partial lifting of economic sanctions on Sudan, one would like to say that if this brings about improvement to the daily living of the disenfranchised Sudan citizen one will welcome it. However, one knows for fact that the only beneficiaries of the decisions of the Obama US Administration to lift the economic sanctions are the Genocidal criminal Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir and his entourage and his followers. Obviously, one means the parasitic capitalists and business opportunists in the NCP Sudan who arranged themselves well before the issuance of the decision by the Obama Administration. The share of the average Sudanese people would be the grip of the wind and go empty-handed as usual in the NCP prolonged era of decadence.

The foregoing neglect for the Darfur people’s tragic cause by the current International Community seems contrary to the time when the United Nations (UN) has described Sudan’s Western Darfur region as one of the world’s Worst Humanitarian Crises.  At the time, more than 300000 civilian have been killed, more than 2.3 million people have been displaced, most of them living in squalid camps in Darfur and neighbouring Chad as refugees. The Sudanese government waged a proxy warfare using the Janjaweed militias drawn from Arab tribes who have used scorched-earth tactics against the rebels’ civilian communities. Those earlier Janjaweed militias have been cloned overnight by the NCP regime into the infamous entity known as the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) directly. Administratively, the (RSF) operate directly under the Command of the (NCP) President Omar al-Bashir, making the Sudan Armed Force (SAF) irrelevant and so is the security service, known as the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS). Peacekeepers and aid workers have restricted access to those in need of Food and humanitarian aid to the needy in places of conflict. http://news.trust.org//spotlight/Darfur-conflict. Since 2003 to date, the Darfur region of western Sudan has been the site of terrible violence, death, and displacement; what the United States has labeled ‘genocide’. http://origins.osu.edu/article/worlds-worst-humanitarian-crisis-understanding-darfur-conflict.

 

The Sudanese people are likely face an even more difficult array of hard choices a year ahead and left with only limited hard choices of accepting the status quo or confronting the NCP regime head on in an attempt for ousting it by all the available means. Difficult and Painful as it is, there must be an action; inaction would strengthen the regime and making it more oppressive than before. This is more so after the regime strengthened by the support it received from the White House in the US and the EU in Brussels. The Genocide or Holocaust illustrates the consequences of prejudice, racism and stereotyping on a society. It forces us to examine the responsibilities of citizenship and confront the powerful ramifications of indifference and inaction. Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. . Meister Eckhart, the German theologian, philosopher and mystic was quoted as saying: The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake. https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/inaction.htm

The Dictatorial (NCP) regime in Sudan continued oppressing the entire population with an iron fist over the past 28 lean years since its ill-fated coming through Military coup d’état on Friday, the 30th June 1989.  It falsely legitimized its existence on the helm of Sudan by series of forged and rigged elections boycotted by majority of the Sudanese public while the main political opposition is either in exile or in the regime’s prisons. In spite of this tyrannical regime finds unlimited support from the international community. This is nothing but a travesty of justice imposed through the international organisation, under the rubric nomenclature of international community.

Charles de Montesquieu generally referred to as simply Montesquieu, was a French lawyer, man of letters, and political philosopher who lived during the Age of Enlightenment has been quoted as saying There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice. https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/c/charlesdem387495.html?src=t_law
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Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman is an author, columnist and a blogger. His blog is https://thussudan.wordpress.com/

Barak Obama’s Promises and Pledges for Darfur Went Unheeded With Lifting Sanctions

 

Barak Obama’s Promises and Pledges for Darfur Went Unheeded With Lifting Sanctions

By Mahmoud A. Suleiman

Barak Obama’s Lifting of Sanctions off the genocidal regime of the National Congress Party (NCP) in Sudan is based on weak, unconvincing, pretty flimsy excuses and very thin and insubstantial justifications. Let us look no further than the background of the Obama’s Administration of justification for the suspension of US sanctions on Sudan.

And it focused on the following points:

  1. Low level of violence in areas of conflict with evidence that all the previous years have seen a “summer campaign” against rebel positions, but this year.
  2. Has been a marked increase in access to war-affected rates in all areas of operations without major incidents.
  3. There has been the Sudanese government’s commitment to promoting peace in southern Sudan and by refraining from supporting opponents of President Salva Kiir
  4. Government of Sudan has allowed the US government to provide medicine and humanitarian aids to the affected people in conflict zones.
  5. The government has amended the Commission of Humanitarian Affairs procedures and it became easier to obtain visas and movement permits – except in the areas of operations – has become easier than ever before.
  6. Increased cooperation in the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) file and allowed the Americans to make sure of the areas that have been suspected of the presence of the Lord by the army.
  7.  American wildlife management team has been allowed to follow wildlife and verify the ivory trade and forest products that were obtained illegally.
  8. Finally, Sudan’s cooperation in the terrorism file without any details

The foregoing are considered by the people of Sudan in Darfur as flimsy justifications for lifting sanctions off the Génocidaire Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir’s regime that continued committing atrocious crimes in Darfur and other regions in Sudan including the use of Chemical Weapons.

Reference: Omar Gamar Eldin – Sudanjem link: goo.gl/4ajAC5

 

As the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States getting nearer and will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017, on the West Front of the United States, let us look at the account inventory – stocktaking – of the legacy of the Us President Barak Obama for the people of Sudan in Darfur, according to the promises announced during his campaign for the Presidency of the United States of America.

The conflict in the region of Darfur in western Sudan began in the 2003, when the Sudanese government led by Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir hired the notorious Arab militiamen better known as the Janjaweed to wage a proxy war against the people of the region. The result was thousands of civilians raped and tortured and more than 300,000 killed and more than 2.7 million people driven from their homes. The Bush administration called it genocide, as did U.S. Sen. Barack Obama.

Speaking with SaveDarfur in 2006, then Presidential candidate Barak Obama made a sweeping promise that “we can’t say never again and allow it to happen again, and as President of the United States I don’t intend to abandon people or turn a blind eye to slaughter.” However, Slaughter went on unabatedly in the sight and hearing of the world and of course of Obama and his Administration at the US White House, in Washington DC. Since assuming the Presidency, President Obama’s expressed dedication to ending the genocide in Darfur and combatting impunity in the region has fallen off the agenda. Moreover, President Obama’s remarks before the African Union (AU) (Jul. 28, 2015) mirrored in part his previous comments on Darfur. He commented, “Leaders in Sudan must know their nation will never truly thrive so long as they wage war against their own people- the world will not forget about Darfur.” Speaking on dictatorships on the continent, Obama remarked “Africa’s democratic progress is at risk when leaders refuse to step aside when their terms end.” Beautiful rhetoric and superfluous lip service, isn’t it?! Sadly, inaction followed. And at worse, kudos and brownie points offered for free to al-Bashir and his criminal clique and the corrupt entourage.

The people of Sudan in Darfur and the survivors of the National Congress Party (NCP) regime genocide say OBAMA’S YES WE CAN HAS LET US DOWN.

 

Backing the perpetrators was not thought a character for Obama when he visited the Darfuri refugees camps in Chad (Oct. 18, 2008) early in the days he was poised for running for the US Presidency. However, lifting sanctions off the (NCP) regime was not expected of Obama on those days. It seems interests have overridden the moralities. This seems the final in the series of Obama’s betrayal for the disenfranchised Sudanese people, survivors of genocide in Darfur and elsewhere in Sudan. At this particular moment, the people of Darfur who have survived the Holocaust of the NCP might not get saddened by the departure of Barak Obama after his lean eight years in the White House at Washington DC.

The cumulative effects of the (NCP) regime crimes resulted into more than 300,000 deaths of men, women and children in Darfur. More than 3 million Darfuris displaced in recent years. The Genocidal criminal Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir has admitted that he has only killed Ten Thousand people and not three hundred thousand people in Darfur. President Omar al-Bashir is the only sitting head of state wanted for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, for the crimes he has perpetrated against unarmed noncombatant civilian Sudanese population in Darfur. Furthermore, undeterred by his arrest warrants, Omer al-Bashir continues his crimes with impunity, expanding his bombing and attacks against civilians beyond Darfur to those in the Sudanese states of Ingessana in Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains in Southern Kordofan. While people of Africa appreciated the work of President Obama during his African tour on issues of economic development and human rights, the millions of victims who have been displaced, tortured, raped, and killed over the course of Bashir’s terror regime remained on the sidelines. President Obama has assured that Darfur will not be forgotten early on. However, the horrors in Sudan kept ongoing and he did nothing to aid in the fight against impunity. People have attached a lot of hopes on President Obama for using his remaining months in office to take a harder stance against the Omer al-Bashir’s regime, and fulfill his promises to the people of Darfur. But all those hopes faded away and went unheeded. And the people in Darfur felt that President Barack Obama’s administration has reneged on promises and betrayed the people of Sudan in Darfur and his latter decision of lifting the sanctions as a dance with the genocidal butcher Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir on the skulls of the victims.

 

The Motto continued since Darfur Genocide as follows:

Don’t Let Bashir Get Away With Genocide. It is time for justice to be served. 14 YEARS BASHIR HAS EVADED INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE & REMAINED FUGITIVE. On March 4, 2009 the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant against Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir for 7 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes. On July 12, 2010 the ICC issued an additional warrant adding 3 counts of genocide for the ethnic cleansing of the Fur, Masalit, and Zaghawa tribes.

The first reaction of condemnation for the lifting of sanctions on Sudan came from the US Member of the United States House of Representatives, Senator Jim McGovern), a senior House Democrat representing Massachusetts’s 2nd congressional district and leading voice on Sudan. Senator McGovern said: “I am angry and deeply disappointed that the last act by the Obama Administration on Sudan policy is to ease sanctions against a genocidal regime when there has been little to no change on-the-ground in the human rights and humanitarian crises suffered by the Sudanese people”. http://mcgovern.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/mcgovern-statement-on-new-obama-sanctions-policy-for-sudan

Tom Andrews Published On April 14, 2015 an article titled: Dying in Darfur: President Obama’s Forgotten Promise-  http://endgenocide.org/dying-in-darfur-president-obamas-forgotten-promise/

Rebecca Tinsley, Journalist and human rights activist wrote an article titled: Last Chance for Darfur: US Congress presses Obama to act. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rebecca-tinsley/last-chance-for-darfur-us_b_9836834.html

The article reported that a group of 120 legislators are calling on President Obama to use his final months in office to “exercise leadership” on human rights abuses in Sudan.

And Obama hasn’t used the bully pulpit to personally talk enough about Darfur. The bitter disappointment of the people of Sudan in Darfur for the positions taken by the outgoing US President Barack Obama will remain in the modern history log.

 

Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman is an author, columnist and a blogger. His blog is https://thussudan.wordpress.com/