ROSEN, GLOBALLY RECOGNIZED INVESTOR COUNSEL, Encourages Gemini Earn Program Investors to Secure Counsel Before Important Deadline in Securities Class Action Against Gemini Trust Company, LLC, Tyler Winklevoss, and Cameron Winklevoss

NEW YORK, Feb. 17, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

WHY: Rosen Law Firm, a global investor rights law firm, reminds investors in Gemini interest accounts (“GIAs”), through a program called “Gemini Earn,” between February 2, 2021 and December 27, 2022, inclusive (the “Class Period”) of the important February 27, 2023 lead plaintiff deadline.

This case is against Gemini Trust Company, LLC, Tyler Winklevoss, and Cameron Winklevoss (together, “Defendants”).

SO WHAT: If you invested in Gemini Earn during the Class Period you may be entitled to compensation without payment of any out of pocket fees or costs through a contingency fee arrangement.

WHAT TO DO NEXT: To join the Gemini class action, go to https://rosenlegal.com/submit-form/?case_id=11066 or call Phillip Kim, Esq. toll-free at 866-767-3653 or email pkim@rosenlegal.com or cases@rosenlegal.com for information on the class action. A class action lawsuit has already been filed. If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff, you must move the Court no later than February 27, 2023. A lead plaintiff is a representative party acting on behalf of other class members in directing the litigation.

WHY ROSEN LAW: We encourage investors to select qualified counsel with a track record of success in leadership roles. Often, firms issuing notices do not have comparable experience, resources or any meaningful peer recognition. Many of these firms do not actually handle securities class actions, but are merely middlemen that refer clients or partner with law firms that actually litigate the cases. Be wise in selecting counsel. The Rosen Law Firm represents investors throughout the globe, concentrating its practice in securities class actions and shareholder derivative litigation. Rosen Law Firm has achieved the largest ever securities class action settlement against a Chinese Company. Rosen Law Firm was Ranked No. 1 by ISS Securities Class Action Services for number of securities class action settlements in 2017. The firm has been ranked in the top 4 each year since 2013 and has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for investors. In 2019 alone the firm secured over $438 million for investors. In 2020, founding partner Laurence Rosen was named by law360 as a Titan of Plaintiffs’ Bar. Many of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized by Lawdragon and Super Lawyers.

DETAILS OF THE CASE: According to the lawsuit, Gemini made actionable misstatements that deceived investors by touting Gemini Earn as a safe method of storing crypto assets and collecting interest payments and that Gemini omitted and concealed significant information concerning the risks associated with Gemini Earn, including information concerning its so-called partner and borrower in connection with the program, Genesis Global Capital, LLC. Also according to the lawsuit, Defendants violated securities laws because Gemini failed to register as an exchange and/or broker-dealer and offered and sold unregistered securities without providing registration statements for such securities, which would have apprised investors of the risks and other important information associated with their investments.

To join the Gemini class action, go to https://rosenlegal.com/submit-form/?case_id=11066 or call Phillip Kim, Esq. toll-free at 866-767-3653 or email pkim@rosenlegal.com or cases@rosenlegal.com for information on the class action.

No Class Has Been Certified. Until a class is certified, you are not represented by counsel unless you retain one. You may select counsel of your choice. You may also remain an absent class member and do nothing at this point. An investor’s ability to share in any potential future recovery is not dependent upon serving as lead plaintiff.

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Regional group voices concern over women participation in Sudan’s political process

Women and civil society groups in Sudan voiced concerns over women’s exclusion from the ongoing political process expressing fears that it would again to their exclusion as was the case during the first transition.

Based on discussions and interviews with various women groups in Sudan between August 2021 and June 2022, the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) handed over a position paper to the east African bloc IGAD calling for enhancing their participation in the political process.

The Trilateral Mechanism of IGAD, African Union and UN is facilitating a process aiming to restore a civilian transitional government to achieve reforms after a coup d’état that paused the political and economic reforms.

But the Sudanese political and military actors are engaged in a power struggle to preserve their political and economic gains as the discussions are mainly focused on who can be involved in the process and the extent of their role.

In its position paper, SIHA made five recommendations to redress the current process and end women’s exclusion from the decision-making processes, which would lead to reproducing inequalities.

The position paper, in general, called for more transparency and open communication and to articulate a clear process roadmap.

The regional group further underscored the need to include women in the decision-making process pointing out that consultations on women’s issues are far from sufficient.

The paper said the sticky issues currently under discussion have an impact on women and girls and will continue to have far-reaching repercussions for years to come

“Accordingly, working closely with women’s organizations and networks is urgent now more than ever”.

SIHA was referring to the five conferences on the peace review process, a mechanism to dismantle the former regime, eastern Sudan’s plight and security reforms.

During the first transition, the two governments led by former Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok failed to amend laws or repeal others that were used by the Islamists to oppress women and restrict their role in society.

Women in Sudan continue, as it was the case recently, to be sentenced to death by stoning for alleged crimes of adultery, which showed the failure of the transitional government to even integrate ratified UN conventions that ban such cruelties.

Also, women groups were angered by the partial ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEADW).

Also, they called for empowering women’s political representation and repealing gender discrimination including that in the personal statutes.

Source: Sudan Tribune

Grazing in Darfur, a recurring conflict

The release of livestock on farms during the agricultural winter season is one of the biggest concerns that haunt farmers and villagers in North Darfur as it damages large agricultural areas of crops each year and leads to frictions between herding and farming communities that not only result in the death and injury of dozens of people but have the potential to turn into large-scale, even more deadly tribal conflicts.

In this feature article, the Radio Dabanga team explores the tensions around early grazing in North Darfur and current attempts to improve security, peace, and stability.

In most parts of North Darfur, the agricultural season usually begins in August and ends in early February. As the rainy season ends in September and the herders need fresh pastures, they let their camels and cattle graze on farmlands that have not yet been harvested. Each year, farmers complain about livestock destroying their crops.

It has been officially agreed that releasing livestock on farmlands is allowed after February 7. Yet, Radio Dabanga heard about plenty of cases in which this agreement is violated.

No harvest due to grazing

Shangil Tobaya in Dar El Salam locality, roughly 75 km south of North Darfur capital El Fasher has thousands of acres of arable land. There are also two camps for the displaced, Naivasha and Shaddad.

The majority of the displaced in these camps are from the Fur and Zaghawa tribes. The Fur are sedentary farmers and rely mainly on millet cultivation during the rainy seasons. The Zaghawa are agro-pastoralists, but both tribes belong to the black African groups that were heavily repressed by the regime of Omar Al Bashir during the war and the Darfur genocide.

Non-Arab African tribes were targeted by predominantly nomadic Arab herding tribes who banded together to form the Janjaweed militias. These militias were later integrated into what became the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), which still play a controversial role in Darfur.

The war in Darfur displaced millions of people, often farmers, from their villages and settlements. They still cultivate a lot of the land whilst being housed in camps for the displaced.

Farmers in Shangil Tobaya told Radio Dabanga that they do not expect any crops to be harvested this year due to the herders’ violation of the February 7 agreement. “They let their livestock onto the farmland at gunpoint early this season, which destroyed most of the crops.”

Omda (local community leader) Ibrahim Adam told Radio Dabanga from Shangil Tobaya that he had received more than 100 complaints regarding the release of livestock onto farms between October and December.

The farmers said that the rainfall rates at the start of the season were promising, which prompted them to plant large areas with various types of crops. The crops fared well so there were hopes of abundant harvests and good productivity.

The farmers were surprised, however, by the early release of livestock by the herders in the area.

Farmer Ahmed Abakar told Radio Dabanga that “the agricultural season this year started relatively successful compared to last year, but the early grazing of livestock on farms has led to a failed season”.

‘The agricultural season this year started relatively successful compared to last year, but the early grazing of livestock on farms has led to a failed season’ – farmer Abakar

“The rainy season was successful, which you could see from the crops, such as beans, sesame, and watermelons sold for affordable prices at the markets in Dar El Salam,” he said.

Widespread phenomenon

Shangil Tobaya is not the only area with these problems. Omda Adam Bosh in the neighbouring Tawila locality said that farmers are suffering from the same problems.

Omda Zakaria reported from the Shaddad camp for the displaced, which hosts more than 12,000 families, that their farms were completely destroyed by livestock as well.

The herders also claim the land, displaced farmer Fatima Ahmed told Radio Dabanga from the Shaddad camp.

She said that herdsmen entered her farm when she was tending her crops last month. When she asked them to leave, they informed her that they had bought the farm and in turn asked her to leave.

Omda Hashem Hussein, head of the civil court in Dar El Salam, said that the locality is “in a state of tension” due to the frictions that occur between herdsmen and farmers over the early release of livestock on farmlands.

The judge said that he dealt with more than 16 cases before the end of last year, but that “most were resolved with joudiya (traditional arbitration process) without calling for official court trial sessions”.

He urged the authorities to open pasture routes for the pastoralists and provide improved seeds for the farmers. “A special committee should be established to protect the agricultural season, and joint forces should be deployed to protect the committee in order to carry out its role.”

Early grazing is indeed not the only threat farmers face. Farmer Abakar echoed the judge’s call by saying that, apart from the pressing need for better security, the farmers need improved seeds and help to combat the many pests threatening their crops.

Safety concerns and security forces inaction

Sheikh Idris Ali Abdallah said that many people living in the neighbourhood of Sangar fled attacks by militant herders. “The area became almost deserted because its residents sought refuge in safer areas to search for new means of livelihood.”

The community leader said that he received more than a thousand reports of destruction at farms since the start of the agricultural season, “but the North Darfur authorities did not move to protect the farmers”.

‘The North Darfur authorities did not move to protect the farmers’ – Sheikh Abdallah

Omda Ibrahim Adam from Shangil Tobaya told Radio Dabanga that, after receiving more than 100 complaints of early grazing, they filed numerous reports to the Darfur Joint Security Forces based in the area for the protection of the agricultural season, but to no avail.

He told Radio Dabanga that the army commander of the Shangil Tobaya district demanded the imposition of fees on farmers in order to pay for the garrison’s running costs and petty cash for the force so that it can carry out its role.

Ahmed Ishaq complained about herders grazing their livestock more than once on his farm since the beginning of September. “Each time I filed a complaint at the police station, the officer apologised saying they are unable to seize the herders under the pretext of not having the necessary capabilities.

“They demanded the provision of fuel and petty cash,” he said. “When I said I was unable to provide the requirements, the complaint was registered, and my harvest was destroyed”.

The joint security forces stationed in the area are partly made up of the Rapid Support Forces whose predecessor, the Janjaweed, was largely responsible for the genocide against farmers and other Black communities in Darfur.

New Agricultural Season Protection Committee

Salah Ali Ibrahim, Director of the North Darfur Agricultural Sector and Rapporteur of the Agricultural Season Protection Committee in the state, explained that the committee was recently formed under the chairmanship of the directors of the Shangil Tobaya and Abu Zereiga districts in cooperation with local native administration leaders (both omdas and sheikhs).

The committee have received many complaints from farmers about herdsmen encroaching on their farms.

“An Agricultural Season Protection Team has been formed in the Shangil Tobaya district that resolves frictions between herdsmen and farmers, in cooperation with other security forces,” Ibrahim said and explained that they tried finding solutions to the matter.

“The team opened three pastures tracks for the pastoralists to cross through the area, but the herders continue to enter their livestock onto the farms.”

North Darfur Nomads and Herders Commission

North Darfur Nomads and Herders Commission member Ahmed Bahya told Radio Dabanga in December that the Commission sought to solve the problems between herders and nomads by organising workshops for both sides to determine land for grazing.

Bahya explained that a number of pasture lands were recently closed and distributed to the localities to become new residential areas.

“We managed to reopen four of the closed pasture tracks at the end of last year,” he said, allowing for more legal space for herders to let their cattle graze.

The commission has also received many complaints regarding livestock encroachment on farms, Bahya said.

He accompanied the Agricultural Season Protection Committee on visits to the affected areas to demand that herders remove the livestock from the farms. Fines are to be imposed as well.

The commissioner added that he had also formed two teams. The first team consists of native administration leaders who are to protect the pasture tracks. The second one consists of the directors of the localities, whose task is to find historical references to land and pasture rights and to sit with the Ministries of Infrastructure and Agriculture in order to restore the map.

Coordination and modernisation

During an expanded meeting with the Agricultural Season Protection Committee in El Fasher in mid-January, Wali (Governor) of North Darfur Nimr Abdelrahman stressed the importance of continuing coordination and cooperation between the committee, government agencies, United Nations agencies, and other relevant international organisations to continue implementing programmes that would secure agricultural seasons and avoiding friction between herders and farmers.

According to the Sudanese News Agency (SUNA), Nimr drew attention to the importance of updating the Farmers and Herders Law and called for the continuation of organising joint workshops between farmers and herders to consolidate the standards of coexistence between them.

He also said that his government will continue implementing its action plans to increase the sources of income for both communities, the number of water wells, and community policing in various areas.

International projects

Following a meeting with the wali, UNHCR Country Director Toby Howard reported that they agreed on a package of programmes and projects that are to be implemented by the UNHCR in the various localities of the state with the aim of enhancing community stability efforts.

Source: Radio Dabanga

Upsurge in sexual violence in Darfur, especially against displaced women

Five women were raped by gunmen in North and South Darfur this week. One woman was shot near the Zamzam camp for the displaced near North Darfur capital El Fasher.

Unidentified gunmen raped two young women near Tabit in Dar Es Salam, North Darfur, on Wednesday.

A relative of the victims told Radio Dabanga that the two women, aged 21 and 22, were intercepted by three armed men while they were out to fetch firewood in the area of Arba Beyout on Wednesday morning.

The women were beaten before being sexually assaulted.

They were found on Wednesday evening and transferred to the El Fasher Hospital for Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Relatives and other concerned people formed a search posse to trace the perpetrators. Some local residents went to the base of the Darfur Joint Security Forces to search for the perpetrators and hand them over to trial.

On the same day, an 18-year-old woman was shot by unknown gunmen near the Zamzam camp south of El Fasher.

Jadallah El Sayed told Radio Dabanga from Zamzam camp that the gunmen chased the victim and shot her, wounding her in the abdomen. She was taken to the El Fasher Teaching Hospital.

He said that the displaced in Zamzam camp live in a state of terror and fear due to the repeated security breaches. They call on the government to intervene and put an end to the crimes and protect the displaced.

South Darfur violence

In Mershing, South Darfur, gunmen raped three women, including one minor, on Tuesday.

A resident of the Mershing camp for the displaced reported that a group of armed men seized the three women, aged 40, 25, and 17, whilst they were on their way from the camp to the Sharari area to collect firewood. The women were raped at gunpoint.

On the same day, a group of seven people, including elderly and children, living in the Silwa, Tondubaya, and Hashaba camps for the displaced in Mershing locality were severely beaten by gunmen who robbed them of their belongings.

Last week, a 14-year-old girl was gang raped in Kereinik in West Darfur. A local source stated that “these days security breaches are increasing in an alarming manner, and all this does not stir the conscience of any of the officials who should protect the people”.

Source: Radio Dabanga

Inquiry identifies 90 involved in South Darfur attacks, concerns about real numbers

The Commission of Inquiry into attacks by militant Rizeigat on villages in Beleil, east of Nyala in South Darfur, in December last year has identified 90 persons involved in the events. There are doubts around the accuracy and scope of the reports. The villagers themselves demand a continuation of the investigation.

Vice-president of the Sovereignty Council and Commander of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) Gen Mohamed ‘Hemeti’ Dagalo, who is a Rizeigat tribesman, addressed villagers after receiving the committee’s report in the area of Amouri village in Beleil yesterday, one of the villages that was attacked.

During his address, Hemeti stressed the necessity of continuing the investigations into the events.

The RSF commander further touched on the issues of services, security, and early grazing on farms. He acknowledged the government’s failure to provide water, which is causing friction between pastoralists and farmers, and promised to open more water stations in the area.

Ethnic cleansing

The series of attacks by militant Rizeigat herdsmen on Daju villages displaced tens of thousands of people. The Daju sultanate described the attacks as “organised” and said that they amount to “ethnic cleansing”.

Darfur has a long history of strife between nomadic Arab herders, such as the Rizeigat, and sedentary farmers, such as the Daju.

Arab tribesmen were recruited by the previous regime of dictator Omar Al Bashir to join the Janjaweed militias. Al Bashir employed these Arab militias to repress a revolt over ethnic marginalisation in the region, mainly targeting non-Arab African farmers in what became known as the Darfur Genocide. Many of these farmers still live in camps for the displaced.

A ’cessation of hostilities’ was signed between the Rizeigat and Daju leaders, brokered by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), but this agreement was called superficial and fragile. The RSF grew out of the Janjaweed and mainly consist of herdsmen.

There were also widespread reports of RSF involvement in the attacks on the villages in Beleil.

Source: Radio Dabanga

Juba mediator holds JPA signatories responsible for lacking implementation: ‘you left the displaced’

Tut Galuak, head of the South Sudanese team that mediated the peace negotiations between the Sudanese government and a number of rebel movements that form the Sudan Revolutionary Front, holds the signatories to the 2020 Juba Peace Agreement responsible for the lacking implementation of the agreement to date.

During his address yesterday to the official opening of the workshop for the representatives of the signatory parties to the Juba Peace Agreement (JPA), including member of the Sovereignty Council Lt Gen Shamseldin Kabbashi, Galuak said “you left the displaced and stayed in Khartoum”.

Last year, the displaced lamented that ‘not even 1% of the Juba Peace Agreement’ had been implemented. Little progress has been made since.

He not only criticised the failure of the signatories to defend their cases or make significant progress, but also the conference on the JPA that was recently held in Khartoum to evaluate the agreement. Galuak pointed do the division amongst the signatories on most issues related to the agreement.

He also said that the proposal to form a national committee to monitor the implementation of the JPA is contrary to the original agreement.

The mediator underscored that this workshop in Juba should aim to develop matrices and tables that help raise the level of implementation, not to review or amend the agreement itself.

This workshop is held to discuss the report prepared by the South Sudanese mini-committee, set up by the workshop’s technical committee, to evaluate the implementation of the JPA in order to facilitate more rapid progress.

The Trilateral Mechanism welcomed the workshop organised by the South Sudanese mediation team.

Source: Radio Dabanga