UN chief calls for Sudan to respect freedom of the press

Published by Al-ArabyUnited Nations chief Antonio Guterres urged authorities in Sudan to respect freedom of expression and the press, calling the coup-stricken country hostile to journalists in a report submitted Friday to the Security Council. Hundreds of political activists, journalists, protesters and bystanders watching anti-coup rallies were arrested following the country's latest upheaval on October 25. On that date military chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan seized power and detained Prime…

Renewed Sudan-Ethiopia border clashes

Renewed border clashes between Sudanese army troops and Ethiopian forces in El Fashaga, east of the Atbara River, in El Gedaref continued on Wednesday. Sources indicate that the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) aims to regain control of the Shai Beit camp in El Fashaga El Soghra. It is reported that Shai Beit is among the last three Ethiopian camps in Sudan that the army is seeking to restore.At least 20…

Marches of the Millions: Sudan doctors count 98 injured from tear gas and stun grenades

International representatives have condemned the ongoing use of unjustified force against peaceful demonstrators as wells as human rights violations, as the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors reported 98 cases of injuries, during the Marches of the Millions on Tuesday, when tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Khartoum, as well as other cities across Sudan on Tuesday to express their rejection of the military coup d’état of…

Kiir names brother-in-law deputy spy chief

President Salva Kiir in a raft of decrees read last night on the state broadcaster, South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC), named his brother-in-law, Major General Gregory Deng Kuac, as the new Deputy Director-General of the General Intelligence Bureau of the National Security Service (NSS).“In exercise of powers conferred upon me under section 17/1 of the NSS Act 2014, I Salva Kiir Mayardit, president of the Republic of South Sudan and…

Families of Pieri plane crash victims welcome court decision to hear case

The families of the 10 passengers who perished in a plane crash at the Pieri Airstrip in Uror County of Jonglei State in March on Wednesday welcomed a ruling by the High Court in Juba to continue hearing their case against the ill-fated plane’s owner, Ayi Duang Ayi. On March 2, a small aircraft (HK 4274) belonging to a local company, South Supreme Airline, crashed shortly after takeoff from an…

UJOSS trains journalists in human rights reporting

The Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS), with Support from UNMISS’ human rights division, on Wednesday, concluded a two-day training for 30 journalists from various Juba-based media houses in ethics and human rights reporting.Speaking during the closing of the workshop yesterday, UJOSS President Patrick Oyet Charles said the training will enable journalists to update their skills in reporting human rights issues."Things change, laws change and situations change and therefore…

Kiir backs AU’s call for dialogue over Ethiopia conflict

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit has reiterated a call by the regional African Union (AU) urging the warring parties to engage in peaceful dialogue to resolve their political differences.Kiir, while addressing the end of the Fifth Governors Forum in Juba on Monday said that he was concerned that the ongoing fighting between the Ethiopian government troops and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front or TPLF, could cause security threats to…

Appeal to US President Biden for urgent action on Sudan political crisis

Former senior US diplomat Susan D. Page, the former State Department Senior Advisor on Sudan, Prof Charlie Snyder, the former USAID Senior Policy Advisor on Sudan and South Sudan, Dr Brian D’Silva, and Amir Idris, professor of African history and politics at Fordham University in the USA, have published An Appeal on Sudan to Senior United States Government Officials, expressing “serious alarm about the ongoing political crisis in Sudan”. The…