The first session of the Civil Society Forum on Sudan and South Sudan convened in Addis Ababa on 21-23 January 2013. The second session in Addis Ababa on 16-18 May 2013. The Third session in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, January 20 - 22 nd, 2014. This event was organised by Darfur Relief and Documentation Centre in collaboration with the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies, Darfur Bar Association, Human Rights Institute of South Africa and South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy. The Forum adopted 11 (eleven) resolutions addressing an array of issues in Sudan and Republic of South Sudan.
The first two weeks of March 2014 witnessed some of the most violent clashes between the Darfur insurgent groups and the government security forces and militiamen. Both the Sudan Liberation Movement-Abdel Wahid Nur (SLM-AW) and the SLM-Minni Minnawi (SLM-MM) were involved in the fighting. The conflict in Darfur also witnessed a new development with increased military operations by supporters of long-time Janjaweed leader and government ally Shiekh Musa Hilal, against government forces and the civilian populations. The military activities of this undeclared rebel group are significant as its leader, Musa Hilal, is known for his atrocious acts against civilians in Darfur. Because of his key role in organizing and leading Janjaweed attacks against civilians during the early years of the conflict, the UN Security Council placed on him travel restrictions and financial sanctions under Chapter VII of the UN Charter (Resolution 1672/2006)....
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H.E. Ambassador Manuel Tomas Lubisse
Permanent Representative to the African Union and UNECA
Chairperson, AU Peace and Security Council for March 2014
Embassy of Mozambique
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Geneva, March 8, 2014
Re: The Way Forward for Peace in Sudan
Dear Ambassador Lubisse,
The Darfur Relief and Documentation Centre (DRDC) has the great honor in submitting this letter to you and to members of the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) in anticipation of the meeting between the AUPSC and the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) mediation team headed by President Thabo Mbeki. This crucial meeting is meant to address the failed political negotiations between the government of Sudan (GoS) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement–North (SPLM-N) on the situation in South Kordofan and the Blue Nile States.
In this regard, DRDC is pleased to inform you that during the last three sessions of the Civil Society Forum on Sudan and South Sudan, which were convened by DRDC in Addis Ababa in January and May 2013 as well as in January 2014, hundreds of activists from Sudan, South Sudan and Africa in addition to Sudan-focused civil society groups from the Arab World and Western Europe expressed their full support for the important work of AUPSC vis a vis the situation in Sudan...
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|>>> Report of the African Union High Level Panel on Darfur, 29 Oct 2009
>>> Report of the Elders’ Mission to Sudan: Bringing Hope, Forging Peace, Nov 2007
>>> Report of the High Level Mission on the Situation of Human Rights in Darfur, March 2007
>>> Report of the International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur, Jan 2005, (English)
>>> Report of the International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur, Jan 2005, (Arabic)
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