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.
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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The Darfur Relief and Documentation Centre (DRDC) is deeply disturbed by the continued large-scale targeting of civilians in Darfur. On Thursday, 27 February and Friday, 28 February 2014, the Sudanese army and the Janjaweed militiamen launched a destructive military operation against the civilian population in southeast Nyala, capital of South Darfur State. Heavy military equipment, including military jets and artillery were reportedly used during this operation. The attackers burned down more than 50 villages, killed hundreds of civilians and forcibly displaced between 5,000 and 15,000 people. About 5,000 victims of this attack managed to reach internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps in the area such as Kalma camp near Nyala and El-Salam camp in Beilel Locality, while more than 10,000 civilians are currently living in the wilderness as they were prevented by the militiamen from reaching urban areas and IDP settlements. The areas that were affected by this attack are Hijer Tunjo, Um Gounja, Tani Deleiba, Tukumari, Himeida, Barka Tuli, Afouna and many other villages.
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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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