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Walking the talk or fleeing the scene: The pressing need for an effective role of UNAMID in Darfur

  Summary: Since November 2014, there is increased demand from the Sudanese government for the UN/AU Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) to leave Sudanese soil. This demand came to light following the involvement of UNAMID in exposing the mass rape crime in Tabit. While the Sudanese government justifies its demand with claims of peace and […]

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Dismantling IDPs Camps in Darfur, a New Crime in a Saga of Calamity

Update by Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG) on Sudan Government’s Plan to Dismantle Darfur IDPs Camps January 2016 ‘The last few months of 2015 witnessed a steady increase in violence against civilians in Darfur. As the ‘Darfur Fatigue’ syndrome set in, which has blurred the focus and distract the international and regional actors, the crisis […]

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The Failure of the Addis Ababa Talks: Government of Sudan insists on War, Prevention of Humanitarian Aid and Monopoly on the Political Solution

This briefing note on the recent negotiations in Addis Ababa is issued by Sudan Democracy First Group. Next week, this will be followed with a detailed update on the three themes of the Addis Ababa’s Talks: humanitarian aid, cessation of hostilities and the preparatory meeting for comprehensive national dialogue.   On 23rd November 2015 the African […]

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Forced Relocations in Blue Nile: Who, What and Why?

On 2 July, units of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) forcibly rounded the residents of Banat village in Bao locality in Blue Nile, and herded them onto trucks dumped them in Abu Ramad in Damazin locality. This incident occurred one week after residents of Daireng village were […]

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Institutional Reforms for the Future of Sudan: Towards Economic Policies Supporting Stability

Sudan is mired in a structural governance crisis which threatens the stability, viability and unity of the state. Addressing this crisis will require both significant political change and a series of extensive reforms within the key functions of the state, including in political governance, the rule of law and the economy. Over the past few […]

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All the President’s Men: On al-Bashir’s New Presidency

Last week, the so-called “Salvation Regime” celebrated its 26th year in power in Sudan. At the helm of the regime remains President Omar al-Bashir and the National Congress Party (NCP). The inauguration of al-Bashir’s new tenure on 2 June 2015 has thus extended for another 5 years his quarter of a century in office, making […]

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Blue Nile State: Under Fire

Before Al Gareeda newspaper was indefinitely suspended by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), as part of a mass censorship of Khartoum newspapers, the newspaper had been the first to break the news about the torching of villages and forcible relocation of thousands of villagers in Blue Nile state. On 20 May, Al Gareeda reported […]

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Musa Hilal’s “Awakening”: The Government of Sudan’s Worst Nightmare?

The Shifting Security Dynamics in Darfur: This is the first of a series of briefing papers on the security situation in Darfur. The other soon to be released briefing papers will focus on Darfur’s Tribal Wars and the Rapid Support Forces. Introduction Musa Hilal, once one of the principal commanders of the Janjaweed militias which supported […]

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On Sudan’s Polling Day: The Fading Prospects for a National Dialogue

Last Thursday, the Sudanese capital boasted a show of force with hundreds of uniformed and plainclothes security elements parading the main streets as President Omer al-Bashir prepared for his final election rally. In his closing statement to his supporters, President al-Bashir vowed to achieve peace by crushing the armed rebellion and reaffirmed that national dialogue […]

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The Berlin Meeting: What’s At Stake?

An Update by the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG) 25 February 2015 Between 25 and 27 February, Berlin will become the hub for the Sudanese unarmed and armed opposition, invited by the German Foreign Ministry and the think-tank, The Berghoff Foundation. Those invited represent the opposition alliance now calling itself the Sudan Call Forces, namely […]