Several recent developments in Sudan regarding the conflict in South Kordofan, where over 200,000 individuals have been killed, injured, or forcibly displaced according to UN reports, highlight the volatility that currently exists in the Sudanese political arena. President Omar Hassan al-Bashir recently declared a ceasefire in South Kordofan, but reports of continued fighting and aerial bombardment by the Sudan Armed Forces, or SAF, indicate that this truce has already been broken. Read More »
With yet another Sudanese agreement dishonored, tensions between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, or SPLM-N, continue to rise in the country’s border states, and violence threatens to spread from South Kordofan to Blue Nile.
Malik Agar, SPLM-N chairman who is also the governor of the Blue Nile state told the Enough Project in Juba that there were no attempts of disarmament by SAF on the ground but he anticipates such action, saying they “do not fear SAF and have a contingency plan in place.” Read More »
Just a week after Qaddafi’s crackdown on protestors in Libya, the U.N. Security Council authorized sanctions against the regime and referred the “Brother Leader” to the International Criminal Court. Mobilizing within “weeks” to deploy pressures is lightning speed, as people familiar with the international community’s efforts to quell the Sudanese government attacks on civilians in Darfur know well. Read More »
Even as Sudan's foreign minister tried to make his case for normalized relations wih the U.S., his remarks raised further doubts over the Khartoum government’s commitment to sustained peace across Sudan. Read More »
There is little chance that the Sudanese government's new strategy for Darfur will bring peace and stability to the troubled reason for two reasons: one, because it is not built on a realistic vision of the current state of Darfur; and two, because its core function is to mask the government’s true intentions for the region. Read More »
On the surface the controversy of the IGAD meeting appears as yet another gesture to undermine the ICC and flout the court’s arrest warrant for Bashir, but it can also be seen as a small victory. Read More »
Sudanese Vice President Urges U.N. to Reject Arrest Warrants
But Sudanese-born Omer Ismail of the Enough Project says the U.N. should not fall for what he calls Khartoum's blackmail
By: James Butty
Sudanese Vice President Ali Osman Taha has called on the United Nations to reject the International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant against President Omar al-Bashir for allegedly masterminding a campaign of genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region.
Addressing the ongoing General Assembly session in New York Monday, Mr. Taha said the involvement of the ICC is a threat to the peaceful settlement of the Darfur conflict.
Sudanese-born Omer Ismail, senior policy advisor for the Enough Project, an advocacy organization set up to highlight Darfur crisis, told VOA the international community should not fall for what he called Khartoum’s blackmail.
“The indictment by the International Criminal Court came as a result of the behavior of the government of Sudan and its president, (Mr.) Bashir. So, he’s coming now to blackmail the world basically and saying that the government will either get their way in delaying justice. Otherwise, they are not going to invest a penny in Darfur,” he said.