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.
Third Session, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, January 20th – 22nd, 2014
This week, over 100 civil society activists and advocates from all over the world attended the Third Session of the Civil Society Forum on Sudan and South Sudan. The Forum was held at Bole Ambassador Hotel in Addis Ababa during the period 20 to 22 January 2014. The three-day forum covered a wide variety of issues plaguing Sudan, South Sudan and the surrounding region. Advocates in attendance were experts from Sudan, South Sudan, Africa and the rest of the world. The Forum culminated in rich intellectual discourse, recommendations for future advocacy work, and civil society resolutions as a pre-summit contribution to the 22nd Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Assembly of Heads of State and Government.
The Third Session of the Forum consisted of panel discussions, open sessions of questions and comments, and special presentations. While calling for an immediate end to the suffering of civilians and the expeditious signing of a ceasefire arrangement in South Sudan, the Forum also recommended that the IGAD Secretariat and the Chairperson of the AU Commission strengthen oversight and reduce ambiguity in the Final Draft Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities Between the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army In Opposition.
The human rights and humanitarian situation in Sudan continued to deteriorate during the last two weeks of December 2013. Military operations between the army and the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) were reported in Darfur, South and West Kordofan and the Blue Nile States. During his address at a public rally held in Gedarief, East Sudan on 25 December 2013, President Omar Al-Bashir reaffirmed the government’s decision to pursue the military operations in the armed conflict-affected zones until the insurgency is defeated.
A. Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
1. Violations of Civil and Political Rights
Mr. Tajeldin Ahmed Arga Ali, a 26 year-old blogger from Darfur, was arrested by NISS agents on 24 December 2013 and since then has been held in an unknown location. He was arrested in Khartoum while attending a public meeting addressed by President Omar Al-Bashir and his Chadian counterpart Idriss Déby. The arrest took place inside the Friendship Hall where Mr. Arga confronted the two Presidents and publicly blamed them of having responsibility for the killing and destruction occurring in Darfur and accused them of distorting reality about the situation in Darfur. Since his arrest Mr. Arga has not been seen in public and there are serious fears about his safety and security of person.
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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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