Anger, fear run deep after months of ethnic violence in western Ethiopia

A series of government-sponsored community reconciliation efforts in Ethiopia’s western Benishangul-Gumuz region has failed to curb months of ethnic conflict that has claimed hundreds of lives and left more than 100,000 people displaced.The peace forums are aimed at bridging community divides, but disputes over land ownership and a lack of accounting for brutal tit-for-tat massacres continue to fuel anger in a region long troubled by deep undercurrents of ethno-nationalism. The…

Eritrea denies backing Ethiopian border attacks against Sudan

Eritrea distanced itself from the ongoing border tensions between Sudan and Ethiopia and called for an amicable solution to the dispute.Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and Presidential Adviser Yemane Ghebreab were in Khartoum on Wednesday. They handed over two messages from President Isaias Afwerki to Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok and the head of the Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan."President Isaias stressed the need to overcome the differences between the two…

UNAMID, Sudan discuss sites’ protection in Darfur

The former hybrid peacekeeping mission in Darfur, UNAMID, and Sudanese government officials on Wednesday discussed the protection of the mission sites and assets after the end of its mandate in western Sudan.The UNAMID terminated its mandate as of 31 December 2020. It has been given six months by the Security Council to complete the withdrawal of all uniformed and civilian personnel by 30 June 2021.On 21 January, the hybrid mission…

Security Council Committee concerning Sudan Considers Final Report of Panel of Experts

The Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1591 (2005) concerning the Sudan considered the final report of the Panel of Experts, submitted in accordance with paragraph 2 of resolution 2508 (2020) (S/2021/40).The Committee is urging the Juba Peace Agreement (JPA) signatory movements to stop recruiting fighters, in violation of the JPA, including in internally displaced persons’ camps.The Committee is also urging the Darfurian major non-signatory groups to engage in…

Security Council Committee concerning Sudan Considers Final Report of Panel of Experts

The Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1591 (2005) concerning the Sudan considered the final report of the Panel of Experts, submitted in accordance with paragraph 2 of resolution 2508 (2020) (S/2021/40).The Committee is urging the Juba Peace Agreement (JPA) signatory movements to stop recruiting fighters, in violation of the JPA, including in internally displaced persons’ camps.The Committee is also urging the Darfurian major non-signatory groups to engage in…

UN chief condemns 3rd looting attack on UNAMID site in N. Darfur

(KHARTOUM) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Tuesday condemned the looting of a UNAMID team-site in North Darfur after its handover to the Sudanese authorities in January 2021. "The Secretary-General condemns the looting of the first site, Saraf Omrah in Darfur, handed over to the Sudanese authorities following the end of the UNAMID mandate in December 2020," said Stéphane Dujarric UN Spokesman. The Saraf Omra site "intended to serve as…

Sudan ratifies anti-torture, enforced disappearance conventions

(KHARTOUM) - Sudan ratified the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance of 2006 and the Convention against Torture and Cruel Punishment of 1984.   Sudan's Justice Minister Abdel BariThe ratification of the two international conventions was endorsed in a joint meeting of the cabinet and the Sovereign Council on Tuesday, in line with the constitutional document governing the transitional period which conferred the powers of…

Church leaders call for peace and stability in South Sudan

(JUBA) - The South Sudan Council of Churches and other civil society groups have called on the government to take steps to promote peace, security and national cohesion as the country celebrates the first anniversary of the creation of its Transitional Government of National Unity. The appeal is contained a joint statement issued by the South Sudan Council of Churches, Civil Society Forum and South Sudan Women’s Coalition. The call…
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