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Darfur: Three Intense Weeks of Deadly Violence and Destruction

Violence, displacement and civilian deaths in Darfur have significantly increased since the start of March. Darfur is increasingly disintegrating into a state of anarchy. Inter-tribal fighting in Central and West Darfur states continues to escalate. A Janjaweed militia, renamed the Rapid Support Force (RSF) by the government, has attacked civilians in South Darfur.  The rebel […]

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The Implications of the South Sudan Conflict for Sudan

The conflict that broke out in South Sudan on 15 December, 2013, between factions of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) has made for strange bed-fellows. President Omar Bashir has pledged support to the elected government of President Salva Kiir against former Vice President Riek Machar, the man who fought the SPLA on Khartoum’s side […]

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Sudan Talks in Addis Ababa: To Be or Not To Be “Comprehensive” — Part Two

The peace talks between the Government of Sudan (GoS) and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) are set to resume on 28 February in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ten days earlier, the head of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), former South African President Thabo Mbeki announced the suspension of the direct negotiations for ten days […]

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Sudan Talks in Addis Ababa: To Be or Not To Be “Comprehensive”

Civilians Held Hostage by the Parties’ Failure to Agree SUDAN: Frontline and Negotiation Developments The negotiations that were suspended yesterday in Addis Ababa between the Government of Sudan (GoS) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) were the latest series of negotiations to collapse as both sides accused each other of recalcitrance. The talks took […]

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SUDAN’S LEADERSHIP RESHUFFLE: SOMETHING BETTER OR MORE OF THE SAME?

Caption: Only the head remains; by: Khalid Albaih On Sunday 8 December, and after weeks of anticipation, the National Congress Party (NCP) announced the biggest shakeup in the cabinet since the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005. The reshuffle resulted in the departure of some of the regime’s heavyweights, most importantly Vice President Ali Osman Taha. […]

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Reign of Terror in Sudan: How the Government is Trying to Quell the Protests

Since the beginning if the current protests in Sudan on Monday, 23 September, 2013, the Sudanese  government has deployed a comprehensive and ruthless security plan aimed at terrorizing the population and its political, civil society and media leaders, as well as the public into submission at any costs. Some of the tactics deployed are the […]

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Can the Opposition Rise to the Challenge in Sudan?

(Protesters marching in the streets of Khartoum; Source: Girifna) Two weeks after the outbreak of the largest and most violently repressed popular protests faced by the National Congress Party’s (NCP) regime: what is next for Sudan? In the hope of providing elements of an answer to this large question, this issue of Sudan Democracy First […]

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Building on the work of the AUHIP to end conflict in the Two Areas and across Sudan

PRIVATE NGO BRIEFING June 2013 SUMMARY The future of the AUHIP The need for a comprehensive approach to resolve the long standing grievances that fuel Sudan’s instability is long overdue. The ongoing fighting in South Kordofan and Blue Nile and the tenth anniversary of the conflict in Darfur illustrate this point.  This briefing uses the […]