UN concerned over escalating violence in Sudan’s Darfur region

The United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres has expressed deep concerns over the escalating violence in Sudan’s western region of Darfur, saying it has resulted in a growing number of fatalities and significant new forced displacement.The concerns are contained in a report to the Security Council on the situation in Sudan and activities of the UN Integrated Transitional Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS).The Secretary General’s report covers political, security, human…

UNITAMS disappointed by Sudan’s visa denial for senior expert

The UNITAMS said disappointed by the Sudanese government’s rejection to not renew the visa of a senior adviser working in peacebuilding.In a statement released on Monday, the political mission said the Sudanese government declined to renew the residency permit of Ambassador Rosalind Marsden, a former British Ambassador and former EU Special Representative to Sudan.“It is disappointing that after considering the application for many weeks, the authorities have chosen not to…

S. Sudan’s Kiir sacks deputy governor of Upper Nile State

The South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Monday removed the deputy governor of Upper Nile State, James Tor Monybuny.Kiir, in presidential decree announced on the state-owned television (SSBC), appointed Dak Tap Chuol Mabor as Monybuny’s immediate successor.Mabor will also double as the state interim chairperson for the ruling party (SPLM).The former deputy governor, who is regarded as a close ally of South Sudan’s Vice President for Infrastructure Cluster, Taban Deng…

Sudan poses reputational risks for U.S. businesses: State Department

The United States issued on Monday what is known as a ‘business advisory’ to warn of risks associated with conducting business with government and military corporations in Sudan.Those reputational risks “arise from, among other things, recent actions undertaken by Sudan’s Sovereign Council and security forces under the military’s command, including and especially serious human rights abuse against protesters”.The warning highlights the growing strains in the US-Sudan relationship after an unprecedented…

Over 50 groups call for continued public debate on human rights situation in Sudan

The United Nations Human Rights Council should ensure public debates on Sudan’s human rights situation continue being held, as the de facto military authorities consolidate their power and human rights violations continue, over 50 human rights groups said on Monday.The appeal is contained in a petition to the Human Right Council ahead of its 50th regular session, which is scheduled to be held from 13 June to 8 July.“Ahead of…

Authorities arrest another Communist who met Sudanese rebels

Security forces arrested on Sunday Amal al-Zain a member of the Political Bureau of the Sudanese Communist Party (SCP).Al Zain was part of the three-member delegation that recently travelled to South Sudan to meet with the holdout rebel leader Abdel Wahid al-Nur before travelling to a rebel-controlled area in South Kordofan to meet with the SPLM-N leader Abdel Aziz al-Hilu.She was arrested after a press conference she held with the…

Trilateral Mechanism says “deeply concerned” excessive violence against protesters in Sudan

The Trilateral Mechanism of the AU, IGAD and UNITAMS Sunday voiced deep concern about the continued excessive use of violence in Sudan hampering their efforts to end the seven-month crisis in the country.The security forces killed a protester in Omdurman on Saturday, increasing the death toll of those killed after the coup d’état to 96 people.In a statement issued after a meeting on Sunday, the Mechanism said “deeply concerned by…

Khartoum, Juba hold talks on cooperation in Petroleum field

A high-level South Sudanese delegation is in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum for bilateral talks aimed at developing joint cooperation in the petroleum sector as well as discussions on the technical and financial arrangements between the two neighbouring countries.The delegation, headed by the undersecretaries in the Petroleum and Finance ministries, were accompanied by several technicians to Khartoum.According to SUNA, officials from the two countries will evaluate the implementation of the previous agreement…