IGAD Executive Secretary Meets Minister Lavrov, Concludes Successful Mission To Moscow

(DJIBOUTI, Djibouti): The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, concluded a three-day working visit to Moscow during which he met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Mr Sergei Lavrov, on 16 September. Dr Workneh leading an IGAD delegation made up of the Chairperson of the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) in South Sudan, Major General…

Sahel, Lake Chad Region Walking ‘Tightrope of Survival’ as Result of Environmental Degradation, Humanitarian Organization President Tells Security Council

It is starkly evident that people affected by conflict are also disproportionately impacted by climate shocks, the head of an international humanitarian organization told the Security Council in a 17 September videoconference meeting, calling for more in-depth policy reflections on the links between environmental degradation, climate risk, humanitarian needs, and peace and security. In the face of the cumulative pressures of conflict, climate change and environmental degradation, communities in the Sahel…

Sudan’s al-Burhan travels to UAE for talks on normalization with Israel

(KHARTOUM) - Barely, the Transitional Sovereign Council announced the departure of its head to the United Arab Emirate (UAE) on Sunday, press reports disclosed that his delegation will discuss normalization with Israel. Earlier in Khartoum, it was announced that Abdel Fattah al-Burhan would travel to the UAE flanked by a delegation including Justice Minister Nasr al-Din Abdel-Bari and a team of Sudanese expert for talks on Sudan removal from the…

Sudan finds third mass grave of people killed by al-Bashir regime

(KHARTOUM) - The judicial authorities in Sudan found a new mass grave believed to contain the remains of victims of torture during the 30-year oppressive regime of Omer al-Bashir. The new mass grave which is the third since the fall of the former regime is located in the Karary area in Omdurman, inside a training camp belonging to the security apparatus. Reliable judicial sources told the Sudan Tribune on Sunday…

Pompeo says Sudan could be off terror list in October if Senators back negotiated deal

(KHARTOUM) - U.S. Secretary of State urged the Senate to endorse legislation to restore Sudan’s sovereign immunities adding that its removal from the terror list could intervene next October after the signing of a claims agreement with the East African country. In a strongly worded letter to the Senate Majority Leader Mitchell McConnell on 16 September disclosed by The Foreign Policy on Friday, Michael Pompeo sought to mobilise support to…

Court sentence on artists raises questions about needed reforms of justice in Sudan

(KHARTOUM) - The ruling of a Khartoum court imprisoning young artists has sparked widespread controversy on social media and among youth groups about the need for swift reforms in the legal system inherited from the former Islamist regime and the police apparatus in Sudan. Last Thursday, the Khartoum Central Criminal Court imposed a two-month prison sentence and a fine of 5 thousand pounds for 5 members of the (Civic Lab)…

Despite Ceasefire Agreement in South Sudan, Intercommunal Conflicts Increase, Humanitarian Needs Grow, Civil Society Representative Tells Security Council

The international community must swiftly step up support to change the course of spiralling violence and growing humanitarian needs across South Sudan, a civil society representative and the heads of the United Nations Mission and agency working in the country told the Security Council, briefing the 15-member organ in a 16 September videoconference meeting. Nyachangkuoth Rambang Tai, representing the organization Assistance Mission for Africa, said ongoing intercommunal conflicts have seen…

Communique of the 945th Meeting of the PSC held on 15 September 2020, on the Report of the Chairperson of the Commission on the Situation in the Republic of South Sudan

**Adopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 945th Meeting held on 15 September 2020, on the Report of the Chairperson of the Commission on the Situation in the Republic of South Sudan. ** The Peace and Security Council, Taking note of the statement made by the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Djibouti to the African Union, H.E. Ambassador Idriss Mohamed Farrah…