Sudan Leaks: The National Congress Party’s 2015 Election Strategy
An alleged leaked document of the NCP 2015 Elections Strategy published in English for the first time this week, details the NCP’s strategy to hold on to power by any means necessary. This includes monitoring and dismantling opposition groups, along with election rigging by only recruiting and approving pro-NCP monitors; as well as clear evidence […]
The Sudan Call: A Light at the End of the Tunnel?
With the recent signature of the Sudan Call, hailed by some as an unprecedented political declaration, Sudan seems to have reached a milestone in its contemporary history. Signed by the National Consensus Forces (NCF), the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), the National Umma Party (NUP) and the newly-formed Civil Society Initiative (CSI) led by renowned human […]
Sudan: The Elusive Road to National Dialogue and Lasting Peace
In a new policy briefing, Sudan: The Elusive Road to National Dialogue and Lasting Peace, co-authored with partner organization Saferworld, SDFG considers the obstacles that continue to hamper Sudan’s road to peaceful democratization, and provides recommendations for overcoming those obstacles. Executive Summary A series of initiatives by the Sudanese government, opposition groups and international mediators […]
National Dialogue in Sudan: Past Experiences and Current Challenges
Since independence, Sudan has undergone a number of national peace agreements, some of which were observed and honored for short periods, others which were bypassed and dishonored. The net result of broken agreements has driven the country into deep conflict, leading to the secession of South Sudan in 2011, and creating a crisis which still […]
Sudan’s Islamist Regime: The Rise and Fall of the ‘Civilization Project’
On its 25th anniversary, what exactly has the Islamic Movement of Sudan achieved after hijacking political power illegally on 30 June, 1989? In 2014, al mashruu al-hadari “civilization project” and its grand narrative is obviously dead, admitted a senior government official. And the regime knows it. In the last few years they have completely abandoned […]
Darfur 2014: Time to Reframe the Narrative
This June 30th marks twenty-five years since the coup d’état that brought President Omer al-Bashir’s “Salvation Regime” to power. Far from bringing “Salvation” to Darfur, which had suffered from decades of neglect and marginalization under al-Bashir’s predecessors, the regime’s record there is one of death, destruction and desolation for the population. So far in 2014, […]
What Lies Ahead for President Mbeki’s Visit to War Affected Areas in Sudan?
Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG) welcomes the planned visits by former South African President Thabo Mbeki, Head of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), with war victims in Government and rebel-held areas in Sudan. We appeal to President Mbeki and the African Union to prioritize the protection of populations trapped by the conflict and […]
A National Dialogue, or a National (Congress Party) Monologue?
In the wake of President Omar al-Bashir’s speech in January, the National Congress Party (NCP) has been spearheading a “national dialogue” process that focuses on identity, peace, economic reform and political freedoms. The purpose of the dialogue, as the president argued, is to help Sudan “leap” from the stagnation and malaise that has plagued the […]
Sudan’s 2015 elections: an ominous deja vu?
Four years ago last month, Sudanese went to the polls in multi-party elections for the first time in over 20 years, as part of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). The CPA was built around the hope that a process of democratization would end the 22-year civil war between north and south and keep the […]
Sudanese Refugees in Upper Nile: Facing Perils – With Nowhere to Run
Issue No. 3, 2014 The security situation in Maban county of Upper Nile State, South Sudan, where refugees from Blue Nile are hosted, seriously deteriorated yesterday afternoon (March 3rd) when an unidentified armed group of people wearing military fatigues and reported as being from the Maban community attacked civilians twice near the Yosif Batil refugee […]