Report on Sudan’s transition calls for international attention

Report on Sudan’s transition calls for international attention

There’s cause for optimism that Sudan’s transition to civilian government and democratic principles will be successful in the long term, but a new report released Monday warns that many economic and security challenges remain. That’s according to the Crisis Group, which appealed to the international community to keep its focus…

Attorneys seek bail for former Sudanese president al-Bashir

Attorneys seek bail for former Sudanese president al-Bashir

In Sudan, the attorneys for former president Omar al-Bashir have argued that the deposed leader, imprisoned in Khartoum since his April arrest, should be released on bail. Al-Bashir appeared in court Saturday for the second hearing of his trial. He is charged with corruption and money laundering, after Sudanese authorities…

Sudanese activists welcome transition deal

Sudanese activists welcome transition deal

The marches and parades continued across Sudan on Friday, this time with speakers to discuss the newly announced transitional agreement between Sudan’s military leadership and activists who have for months pressed for a democratic civilian government. The deal, announced in the early morning hours, will cover an interim period of…

AU suspends Sudan as protests, violent crackdown continue

The African Union made good on its threat to suspend Sudan from AU participation on Thursday, insisting on a civilian-led transitional government denied by a Transitional Military Council in acting authority since the April ouster of former president Omar al-Bashir. A communique followed the AU Peace and Security Council meeting…

Sudanese activists set to begin two-day general strike

Activists in Sudan will begin two days of general strikes on Tuesday, a next step in pressing for change as their negotiations with military leaders have stalled over power-sharing agreements needed to navigate the country’s transition. The Sudanese Professional Association (SPA), working with a coalition of pro-democracy leaders, called for…

Sudan’s protesters reject military rule in place of ousted Bashir

There was supposed to be a pro-government rally on Thursday in Khartoum, with President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan speaking to the crowds near the Presidential Palace in yet another counter-protest as thousands continued their demonstrations against Bashir near the Sudanese military headquarters. Instead, the Sudanese military placed Bashir and top…

Bashir declares year-long state of emergency in Sudan

President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan declared a year-long state of emergency on Friday, in an address that also announced his decision to dissolve his federal cabinet and local governments. He also called on Sudanese lawmakers to defer any constitutional amendments that would allow him to remain in office for a…

Russia confirms ‘private security firms’ are in Sudan

Russia’s foreign ministry has confirmed that “private security firms” are indeed working in Sudan, but spokeswoman Maria Zakharova downplayed their role in ongoing Sudan protests as irresponsible reporting on the part of Western news outlets. “We are informed that some employees of Russian private security firms, who have no relation…

Sudan: Al Jazeera pushes back at crackdown on journalists

The Qatar-based Al Jazeera media outlet confirmed Tuesday that the Sudanese government had pulled the credentials of three of its journalists covering weeks of economic and political unrest. Correspondents Osama Ahmed and Ahmed Alrehaid, along with photojournalist Badawi Bashir, have been barred despite earlier approval from the Sudanese Press and…

Activists: We’re shutting down Sudan government websites

Activists in Sudan say that more than 200 government websites have been shut down by the Anonymous group, in retaliation for Khartoum’s violent actions against Sudanese protesters. The main Sudanese government site, along with local and regional governments and various official agencies, remained inaccessible early Wednesday and had been for…

Violent protests over the economy spill across Sudan’s cities

The protests in Sudan spread to Khartoum and beyond on Thursday, as public anger over the country’s economic situation spilled across the nation with reports of fatalities in some cities. Marchers in Khartoum demanded an end to thieves and corruption, according to the Sudan Change Now political movement. The organization…

Communal violence still plagues Darfur, UN Security Council told

It’s been 15 years since civil war broke out in Sudan’s Darfur region, but people still living in displaced person (IDP) communities say attacks and harassment are still cause for concern. That’s according to Jeremiah Mamabolo, the head of the African Union-United Nations mission (UNAMID), during a briefing to the UN…