Thursday 21 September 2017
(Sudan News Agency 07/12/17)
The deputy at the National Assembly's Economic Committee, Salem Al-Safi Hejair, warned that suspension of the lifting of the American sanctions imposed on Sudan for additional three months will be a motive for the armed movements to refuse the peace negotiations. He said in a statement to SUNA that the US decision will also encourage the political parties that are rejecting the national dialogue to continue in their position. Hejair described the decision as an acceptable step. He expressed his apprehension that the US decision extending that sanction would lead to withdrawal of the foreign companies that intend to invest from operating in Sudan. He expressed his opinion that the United States would not its sanctions on Sudan unless its...
(AFP (eng) 07/11/17)
Sudan could fall back into war if Washington fails to lift decades-old sanctions, Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour has said, insisting that Khartoum sees the embargo as "unacceptable". US President Donald Trump is due to decide Wednesday whether to permanently lift the sanctions, which his predecessor Barack Obama eased in January. Obama made their removal dependent on Khartoum's progress in five areas of concern during a six-month review period ending Wednesday. Sudanese officials say Khartoum has fulfilled the Obama administration's conditions.
(Reuters (Eng) 07/11/17)
Sudan has complied with all U.S. demands for lifting sanctions, it said on Tuesday, a day before the United States is expected to decide whether to permanently lift 20-year restrictions that have hobbled the country's economy. Former U.S. President Barack Obama temporarily lifted the longstanding economic sanctions for six months in January, suspending a trade embargo, unfreezing assets and removing financial sanctions. The relief could become permanent on Wednesday if Washington decides Sudan has complied with a list of demands that include resolving internal military conflicts in areas such as war-torn Darfur, cooperating on counter-terrorism and improving access to humanitarian aid. "The natural and logical step is that America's economic sanctions are lifted from Sudan because Sudan has implemented what...
(APA 07/11/17)
A court in Sudan on Monday convicted a top Sudanese activist and journalist, Amal Habani, who was found guilty and fined 10 million Sudanese pounds, or for four months if she fails to pay the fine. Habani, who is a known women’s rights defender in Sudan, was accused of “harmful publishing.” Winner of Amnesty International USA's 2015 Ginetta Sagan Award, Habani was arrested by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) last year, when covering the trial of five civil society activists in Khartoum. Habani later claimed she was beaten by the state security officers before they filed a case against her. Speaking to APA from her jail, she said: "I am not going to pay any fine or bill...
(Voice of America 07/11/17)
In the past five years, terrorist attacks have killed nearly 20,000 people across Africa. Two groups, Boko Haram and al-Shabab, accounted for 71 percent of reported incidents and 91 percent of fatalities. But, while these and other militant groups remain active, fatal terrorist attacks across the continent are on pace to fall for a second straight year, and the total number of attacks is running far below 2012 highs. These findings are part of VOA’s original analysis of data from ACLED, the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project. ACLED tracks political violence, protests and terrorist events across Africa. Their reports include attacks since 1997 based on data collected from local news media, government statements, non-governmental organizations and published research...
(AFP (eng) 07/10/17)
A Sudanese court Monday ordered award-winning journalist Amal Habani to pay a fine or face jail time in a case where a security officer accused her of preventing him from doing his job. Habani, winner of an Amnesty International prize for reporting on human rights in Sudan, was ordered to pay 10,000 Sudanese pounds ($1,430) or face a jail term of four months. The court found her guilty in a case filed by a security officer who accused her of preventing him from doing his job during the March trial of three rights activists. "This is injustice. I was covering a trial of human rights activists when the security officer beat me," Habani told AFP by telephone from the court...
(AFP (eng) 07/10/17)
Hopes are running high in Sudan that US President Donald Trump will decide this week to lift Washington's sanctions on Khartoum, despite rights groups calling for the decades-old embargo to be maintained. "The time is right for permanently lifting the sanctions on Sudan," senior Sudanese foreign ministry official Abdelghani Elnaim told AFP ahead of the end of a review period on Wednesday. "We are counting on President Trump to take this courageous decision that will make not just the people of Sudan, but all of Africa, happy." Washington imposed a complex set of economic sanctions on Sudan in 1997 for its alleged backing of Islamist militant groups. Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed in a US commando raid...
(Bloomberg 07/10/17)
The U.S. is backing Sudan’s bid to join the World Trade Organization, a Sudanese official said, days before Washington is due to decide whether to permanently lift some sanctions imposed on the African country two decades ago. “Our team is very much satisfied with the support of the U.S. for Sudan going into the WTO,” Sudanese State Investment Minister Osama Faisal Elsayed Ali said in an interview. The North African nation has “done all our homework” and will apply for membership when the WTO’s top decision-making body meets in Buenos Aires in December, he said by phone from Sudan’s capital, Khartoum. President Barack Obama’s administration in January ordered the reversal of some of the economic sanctions the U.S. placed on...
(Bloomberg 07/10/17)
Many cell phone companies are rethinking their headlong rush into the continent. Only Orange is staying the course. Back when African countries were auctioning off mobile licenses by the boatload to serve the region’s young, tech-savvy population, investing in the continent’s fast-growing economies seemed like a no-brainer. Some of the world’s biggest wireless carriers rushed in. Now they’re wondering if they made a mistake. Increasing government and regulatory scrutiny, as well as a lack of expansion opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa, are making it harder for operators such as Vodafone Group Plc, Orange SA and Bharti Airtel Ltd. to grow. Their choice: Pull back or double down. Two companies beating at least a partial retreat are Millicom International Cellular SA, which...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
War crimes judges Thursday ruled that South Africa failed in its duties to the International Criminal Court in 2015 when it refused to arrest Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted on genocide charges. "The chamber concludes that by not arresting Omar al-Bashir while he was on its territory ... South Africa failed to comply with the court's request" for his arrest and surrender, presiding judge Cuno Tarfusser said. However, the judges declined to refer the matter to the UN Security Council, which has tasked the ICC with prosecuting war crimes in western Darfur.
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
War crimes judges will rule Thursday if South Africa flouted international law by failing to arrest Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, wanted for trial on charges of genocide in Darfur. Legal experts widely expect that judges at the International Criminal Court will find that Pretoria, one of the founding members of the tribunal, failed to co-operate with the ICC based in The Hague. And while the landmark decision will be aimed at sending a message to signatories of the court's founding Rome Statute that they must cooperate, many believe little concrete action will follow. Despite two international arrest warrants issued in 2009 and 2010, Bashir remains at large and in office as conflict continues to rage in the western Sudanese region...
(APA 07/06/17)
Sudan president Omer Al-Bashir will soon visit Sudia Arabia, Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Qater to Support Kuwait’s initiative of solving Gulf countries crisis, local media has reported. Sudanese newspapers on Wednesday quoted vice president Hasboo Mohmed Abdu as saying Al- Bashair will visit the four gulf countries to meet their leaders in continuation to the Sudan's president latest talks with the custodian of the two holy Mosques, the King salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud , and the leaders of Kuwait and Arab Emirates and Qatar. The vice president renewed his country support to the Kuwait’s initiative for ending the crisis between" the sisters and convergence views to avoid disunity and difference". The Sudan's vice president described his countries tie with...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel. "This is a specific case of a certain number of African states taking the initiative to create a dedicated force to fight terrorism. So, we don't understand how the United States could hold back or not engage in the fight against terrorism," Faki said in an interview with AFP. Faki's January election as chairperson of the AU commission came days after the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, who has proposed slashing US funding for aid projects and multilateral institutions like the UN. The former Chadian...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The costs of diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa could double to almost $60 billion annually just 13 years from now, as obesity fuels an explosion of the disease, a report said Thursday. In 2015, the overall diabetes cost in the region was nearly $20 billion (18 billion euros), or 1.2 percent of total economic production, according to research published by The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. This included medication and hospital stays, and loss of labour productivity due to illness or death. About half of all treatment costs were paid for by patients themselves.
(The News 07/04/17)
The Rwanda Formed Police Unit (RWAFPU II) currently deployed in the capital Juba under the UN Mission in South Sudan have joined efforts to raise awareness against Sexual and Gender Based Violence (GBV). The awareness, which was launched last week, is being conducted through a football tournament organized by the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), to which Rwanda police peacekeepers took part. The tournament brought together 8 football teams including RWAFPU II , UNMISS Female Team, IDP Female Team, Nepal I FPU, China Battalion, Ethiopia Battalion, Nepal Battalion, IDPs (PoC I) and IDPs (PoC III). The RWAFPU II beat Ethiopia 3-1 before seeing off Nepal 1with a 2-1 win to qualify for the finals. The Rwandan peacekeepers will play...
(Voice of America 07/04/17)
GENEVA — The U.N. children’s fund warns tens of thousands of malnourished children are at great risk in Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan, which are on the brink of famine. UNICEF reports an estimated 4.7 million children in the cholera-stricken countries are malnourished. Of these, UNICEF spokesman Christofe Boulierac tells VOA, more than one million are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. “Let me remind you that a child who is suffering from severe acute malnutrition are nine times more likely to die of disease than a well-nourished child," he said. "So, having cholera and diarrhea in countries where so many children are so fragile because of malnutrition among other things because of such a bad access to safe water is...
(RFI(EN) 07/04/17)
New tax rules in Israel could leave hundreds of African migrants worse off than they are. In May, the government introduced a new deposit law, enabling the governemnt to take 20 percent of migrants' salaries each month and place it out of reach. The money can only be accessed once they leave the country. Rights groups say the policy is designed to force them out of the country. "We're not pressuring you to leave but will make your life miserable so you decide to leave," Anwar Suliman, a Darfuri refugee living in Israel since 2008, told RFI . "Every time the state makes a different law, different pressure, but we said we can't go back right now." Suliman fled Darfur...
(AFP (eng) 07/03/17)
War crimes judges will Thursday hand down an eagerly anticipated ruling on whether South Africa flouted international law by failing to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in 2015, wanted for genocide in Darfur. The landmark decision will serve as a blueprint for future cooperation between countries and the International Criminal Court, experts say. It will also highlight that the tribunal based in The Hague can only function with the support of its member states and the backing of the UN Security Council. "The ruling is... fundamental for future compliance," said Carsten Stahn, international criminal law professor at Leiden University. A decision against South Africa "would send an important message that states cannot negotiate (their) legal obligations with the court," he...
(AFP (eng) 07/03/17)
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir will visit Moscow for the first time in August following an invitation from his Russian counterpart to discuss regional and international issues, the foreign minister said Monday. The announcement of Bashir's Russia visit comes days before the United States is expected to announce if it will permanently lift a 20-year trade embargo on Khartoum. "President Bashir will visit Russia in the second half of August following an invitation from President Vladimir Putin," Sudan's Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said in a statement. The visit aims to enhance bilateral relations in the areas of economy, commerce and politics, he said. "Russia has been a key supporter of Sudan in the UN Security Council and other international organisations, and...
(AFP (eng) 07/03/17)
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir on Sunday extended a unilateral ceasefire for nearly four months in the war-torn regions of Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan, state media said. The decision to extend the ceasefire from July 2 to October 31 comes days before the United States is expected to announce if it will permanently lift a 20-year trade embargo on Khartoum. Sudan's official news agency SUNA said Bashir signed on Sunday an order to extend the ceasefire until October 31, describing it as "part of the government's initiative to bring peace to Sudan". In June 2016, Bashir declared a unilateral four-month...

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