The first anniversary of the sit-in dispersal of the General Command

Today, the twenty-ninth of Ramadan marks the first anniversary of the heinous massacre that was committed against the male and female protesters in front of the gates of the General Command of the Sudanese Armed Forces. That massacre shook the conscience of humanity, which claimed the lives of 128 peaceful young men who were killed in cold blood within two hours; The bodies of some of them were thrown to the bottom of the Nile after their pure bodies were tied to concrete blocks, in addition to the serious injury of thousands, in addition to the registration of 40 people in the lists of the missing, as well as documented testimonies of dozens of rape cases.

The massacre of the General Command is considered one of the largest mass massacres in the modern history of Sudan. The temporal significance of its occurrence reminds us of the massacres of the officers of the 28th of Ramadan and the massacre of al-Ailafoun in a clear extension of the former regime’s approach of killing at the end of the month of Ramadan and on the “tribes” of Eid with the aim of inflicting a huge psychological shock on the people accompanied by shock and awe, with the aim of terrorizing and breaking it permanently so that they could market it to the slave market. The world witnessed, in image and sound, the storming of hundreds of security forces and militias of various names and uniforms on board four-wheel-drive vehicles loaded with heavy and light weapons, using excessive force to kill, impede and intimidate the protesters. It was clear that they came motivated by the desire for revenge and pity and blind hatred, and they did not come only to implement orders to disperse the sit-in.

Now a year has passed since the horrific massacre, and her wound is still bleeding, and her injustice continues. The souls of its martyrs await retribution, and the perpetrators are still far from the hand of justice. The responsibility rests entirely with the Transitional Military Council, which made the decision, according to the recognition of its spokesperson in public and on the microphones of satellite channels. In a clear tongue, he said that all members of the Military Council met with the country’s security leaders on June 2, 2019, on the eve of the sit-in dispersal, and received advice, which they did not disclose, from the attorney general and the former chief of the judiciary, and they ordered the dispersal of the protesters by force. They bear full responsibility for the bloodbaths that erupted as they were in power at the time, and they have to bear all the consequences by virtue of responsibility and the chain of command. Our memory still preserves their pasty attempt to deceive the people through the “stinking” investigation committee that they formed and which came out to us with that false report that follows the approach of the Caysians in adding insult to wounds, contempt for the people’s intelligence and underestimating their ability to distinguish. This scandalous committee deserves trial, curses, and contempt for its members, and to have signs that say, “Beware, an unscrupulous man.”

We, at Al-Khatim Adlan Center for Enlightenment, commend the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the massacre, which was established by Prime Minister Dr. Abdullah Hamdok, headed by Professor Nabil Adeeb Abdullah, the lawyer. We affirm our confidence and support in it, and at the same time, we demand that it redouble efforts to finish its mission as soon as possible, and not make the pandemic a reason to disrupt its work. The responsibility that falls on it is great and the people are waiting for the full truth to be revealed. To know those involved in the massacre and those who ordered it. Then they were tried for this heinous crime in fulfillment of the immortal slogan of the revolution: freedom, peace, and justice, establishing the rule of law, and ending a long period of impunity.

Glory and eternity to the martyrs of the massacre, its wounded, missing, and rapists, and glory and eternity to all the martyrs of the homeland throughout the dark era of rescue.

Al-Khatim Adlan Center for Enlightenment and Human Development

Saturday 29 Ramadan 1441 AH

Corresponding to May 23, 2020

Statement of the thirtieth of June

Al-Khatim Adlan Center for Enlightenment and Human Development

Statement of the thirtieth of June

trajectory correction process

I am the people… I am the master who obeys

To the generals: take your knee off the neck of our revolution..let it breathe
To Hamdok: Rise up and take control of your affairs. The people are with you, and those with the people are with you, so who will stand against it?
To all the political forces: When will you deny your mortal selves for the sake of this eternal homeland?!

In conjunction with the global revolution in which all the peoples of the first world rose up against institutional racism, symbolized by the knee of the white military trampling on the neck of the black man, and the phrase “I can’t breathe” that roused the world;

In conjunction with this revolution that is sweeping America, Europe, and many other countries, and changing the situation profoundly, to destroy the monuments of injustice and stifle the breath;

The thirtieth of June is upon us, which marks the first anniversary of the disgraceful defeat that our brave people inflicted on the security committee of the former Salvation regime.

The thirtieth of June is upon us, in which all our people – women and men, young, old, and children – went out in cities, villages, and the Furqan, and from every deep path. He came out in the east and west, in the north, in the center, and in the south, and filled the streets like a flood and blocked the horizon like a genie, and his giant stature stood in front of the dwarf killers, blocking the way in front of their coup. Driving in front of the closed gates of the army and the silence of his dumb guns!

Our people came out defying the volleys of treachery and treachery bullets, and “hacked” the smell of death to announce it like a rattlesnake of “No to the rule of the military”, “No to the rule of the caliphs”… The two coups had no choice but to be defeated, so they withdrew with their tails between their legs.

On this glorious day, which marks the real victory of the revolution, we call upon the masses of our people to go out all over the country, in cities and villages, and in neighborhoods and al-Furqan, at 1:30 in the time of the revolution, in roaring marches in support of our civil government, demanding the following:

The people’s complete control of the reins of power: and the extension of their authority to reform the security services. Those devices in which the rescue nests and they have been conspiring against the government, putting brakes and obstacles in its path, and colluding with reptiles and reptiles, to eradicate our revolution in which we sacrificed blood and honor.

Full control of the security and military companies that monopolize the country’s economy and its sources of foreign currency. These companies are public funds owned by the Sudanese people, and not the private property of the generals who run them as if they had inherited them from their fathers. We do not accept that the military give us alms of our money, but we want to recover it in full.

Reform the corrupt judicial agencies that are teeming with Al-Kizan, Al-Manjiyeh, and Al-Arzqiah. The people do not have an iota of confidence in the rescue judges because they know that they are “technically unqualified and morally weak”. This corrupt judiciary – whose chief is interested in bringing vehicles and not interested in bringing justice – is not qualified to lay the foundations of justice in the country, and is, therefore, unreliable to try the symbols of the former regime, or just retribution from the perpetrators of the sit-in massacre, or redress the people from the accumulated grievances, or Return of lost rights. The time has come to clean up the judiciary and restore its prestige and the people’s confidence in it.

Completion of the transitional power structures. It is a shame that the Salvation still rules the provinces a year after the revolution. Our politicians, leave idling, quarrels, quotas, and selfishness, and hurry to appoint regional governors and form the legislative body. The government will not be able to address the economic conditions and curb the grinding price hike with incomplete powers and incomplete equipment.

As we call for the exit, we understand the current health conditions that the country and the whole world are experiencing. We appeal to the Kanakas, the youth, and all the masses of our people to abide by the precautions and guidelines announced by the Ministry of Health, by organizing classes with the required rigor, adhering to the distance between each protester and the other and between each class and another, and establishing groups for spraying and sterilization. Wearing masks and not mixing with the elderly and those with chronic diseases after the demonstrations ended.

We demand our civilian government not to be disturbed by the demonstration, as it aims to support it first and foremost and to renew the revolutionaries’ loyalty to it. The government should issue public orders to the police to protect peaceful demonstrators and not to harm them. We also appeal to the various media outlets, national television in particular, and regional televisions, to promote and cover the demonstration on the thirtieth day of this great June.

We invite all artists, plastic artists, and writers to invent slogans and translate them into works of art that emphasize the peacefulness of the revolution and its eternal slogans of freedom, peace, and justice.

All resistance committees, revolutionary forces, and partners in the struggle must tighten coordination among themselves and draw clear paths and slogans that do not deviate from them and are strict and peaceful with no deviation. And act responsibly and take the highest degree of caution to control and stop any cases of hacking or hacking. The defeat of the remnants of the former regime aimed at confusing the scene and thwarting the day, so that they could drag the country back and imprison it again in their obnoxious dark vows, but no matter, our proud people have turned their stained page forever.

Al-Khatim Adlan Center

June 15, 2020

The obituary of the great poet Muhammad Taha Al-Qaddal

“And give good tidings to the patient who, when a calamity befalls them, say we belong to God and to Him we shall return.” God Almighty has spoken the truth.

The country was devastated yesterday, July 4, by the loss of the great poet Muhammad Taha Al-Qaddal, the great creative pyramid, the unique and original poetic school, and the great symbol of enlightenment in our country. Al-Qaddal belonged to the people, loved him, adhered to him, became passionate about him, became his living conscience, and his clear tongue. Al-Qaddal employed his ups and downs for the sake of the people and for their downtrodden, and he formulated his soul as sweet and immortal poetry that shaped the conscience of successive generations.

The dream of the grandfather of Sudan is the big dream. It sings of peace and love, aligns itself with the values ​​of goodness and beauty, sings of freedom and dignity, and is the most famous weapon of the word in the face of the most powerful dictatorships that perched on the chest of our country. He did not compromise, did not flatter, did not hesitate to speak, or distorted his tongue with piety. He was a role model, inspiring, and an example.

How sad we are, that the Jalal will not be between us in his body after today, and if he will not perfume our evenings with his poems as he did in the past, and we will not embrace him and exchange slanders with him. As for him, he is in the safety of God, and he will remain among us alive, everlasting, and immortal. He is alive with his poems that have molded our conscience, and with his planting that has yielded sweet fruits of various colors. Perhaps the most important fruit is the glorious December revolution, whose boys and girls sang his poems and formulated slogans with which they perfumed the streets of the country. Al-Qaddal will remain immortal as long as the people of Sudan and its youth remain the brave, living yoke.

And in you, we embody the words of our Noble Prophet, “The eye sheds tears, the heart grieves, and we are sad because of your separation.” Rest in peace, our beloved, with your faithful companions who preceded you to the abode of survival, may you be accompanied by safety. And increased you on the way the love of the poor and the prayers of your people who loved you and made you ribs. May God grant you eternal happiness as much as you have made your people happy, and as close to him as you are to your people, and he has given you from His bounties until you are satisfied.

Al-Khatim Adlan Center

5 July 2021

Letter to the Sudanese Prime Minister and Chairman of IGAD, Abdalla Hamdok from the Horn of Africa Civil Society Forum

 

His excellency Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, Chairperson of the IGAD,
CC. Executive Secretary Workneh Gebeyehu, CC. Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed

Dec. 16, 2020

Your Excellency,

We, in the Horn of Africa Civil Society Forum (HOA-SCF), write to you with great concern regarding the crisis in Ethiopia. We value and support your attempt, as the chair of IGAD, to mediate between the Ethiopian Federal Government (EFG) and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). However, we are saddened and extremely disappointed that Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, rejected the offer for mediation and opted for a military solution.

We commend the Sudanese Government, under your leadership, for its efforts in receiving and hosting more than forty-six thousand Ethiopian refugees, with more continuing to arrive, despite the economic constraints and the challenges of the recent flood. We urge the international community to support the humanitarian efforts of your Government in responding to the humanitarian emergency and protecting the refugees.

On the 28th of November 2020, the Ethiopian Federal Government (EFG) declared that the Tigray regional capital, Mekelle, was under the full control of the Federal capital, marking the completion of its military law-and-order campaign. The Ethiopian Government has also designated the TPLF as a terrorist organization.

In addition to instituting a military solution, the Ethiopian government has been arresting and harassing journalists and human rights activists reporting on the humanitarian crisis, and effectively rapidly shrinking the Civil Society space of Ethiopia, as well as ignoring court bail orders, an alarming and dangerous development. This is especially disheartening given the wide steps Ethiopia has taken in the recent past, via changes to the laws and added governmental support, to expand the Civil Society space.

We are troubled by the fact that the Ethiopian Government’s law and order campaign is becoming increasingly ethnicized, targeting Tigrayans not only in Ethiopia, but also in neighboring country including those serving in peace keeping missions in Somalia and South Sudan.

We are disturbed by the shutdown of media and internet access to the Tigray region and the restriction of access to any independent media.

We are distressed at the report that 100,000 Eritrean refugees are running out of food and that thousands have been forcibly deported to Eritrea.

We are pleased that PM Abiy has, on the 30th of November, received the AU delegation of former Presidents Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia; Joachim Chissano of Mozambique and Kgalema Motlanthe of South Africa. We are, however, extremely disappointed that the delegation was not allowed to travel to Tigray or meet with the TPLF leaders.

We are horrified by the killing in Mai Kadra and are appalled by the fact that killings are ongoing and that there is no possibility to follow up and verify.

We note the announcement by the UN on December 2, 2020, confirming that the Ethiopian Government has agreed to a humanitarian corridor to those parts of Tigray that are under its control. This is a positive step that should be expanded to all parts of the country.

We are concerned that irrespective of the Ethiopian Government’s assertions, fighting continues in Tigray, and that it is transforming into guerrilla warfare as the TPLF leaders vowed to continue the struggle.

With all this in mind and taking into consideration the history of protracted conflicts in the Horn of Africa, we have every reason to be extremely concerned as to the future stability of the region.

We note that from the 30th of November to the 2nd of December 2020 the IGAD Peace and Security Division concluded an annual meeting with member states. We hope that the opportunity of this meeting was used to engage the Ethiopian Government further on ‘stopping the guns’ in Tigray Region and engage in dialogue.

We appeal to you, as the chair of the IGAD, not to be discouraged by PM Abiy’s refusal to engage in mediation, and to use all efforts and all diplomatic avenues to bring all parties of this conflict to the negotiating table as has been done in South Sudan and Somalia.

IGAD’s peace and security mandate, and the IGAD strategy for peace and security require that maximum effort must be exerted to ensure any breakout violence in the region is immediately mediated.

We urge your effort as Chair of IGAD, and IGAD to take action in:

●  Achieving a cease fire;

●  An Agreement by the parties to this conflict to negotiate in good faith;

●  A Humanitarian corridor accessing all Tigray region; will ensure regional stability

promote cooperation, development, and economic integration.

We urge Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to accept IGAD as the mediator. We remind the PM of his great work when he, as the IGAD Chair, mediated the talks between the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Forces of Freedom and Changes (FFC) in Sudan. In the same spirit in which the Sudanese parties accepted his mediation, we urge PM Abiy the Ethiopian parties to accept your mediation as Chair of IGAD.

Albaqir A Mukhtar (PhD)
Chairperson of the Forum

Joint Report: Assessing Progress Towards Civilian-Led Transitional Authority in Sudan Report to African Union Peace and Security Council by Sudanese Civil Society

Joint Report: Assessing Progress Towards Civilian-Led Transitional Authority in Sudan Report to African Union Peace and Security Council by Sudanese Civil Society

 

I. Background and Summary 

This report is submitted by Sudanese civil society groups in response to the communique of the 846th meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC), in which the AU Commission Chairperson is requested to provide the PSC with periodic reports on the situation in Sudan in order to inform decision making by the PSC.

Civil Society Organizations (CSO) have an important role in the transitional arrangements. Accordingly, Sudanese CSO have submitted this report to the PSC on the occasion of the first 3- week reporting period following the 846th meeting of the PSC. This report is submitted in line with the Livingstone Formula and subsequent Maseru Conclusion which mandate civil society 2 organizations to submit reports to the PSC. This report reflects the views of the Sudanese Civil Society and their take on the progress on the transition as at 20 May 2019.

The report uses the milestones prescribed by the PSC in its 846th Communique to assess progress. These include (i) the need for incremental progress towards an agreement on (ii) an inclusive, holistic and consensual solution to the impasse in the country (iii) preservation of gains made thus far on Darfur, Blue Nile & South Kordofan (iv) important supportive actions by the Chairperson of the African Union along with those by other regional and international actors. Based on these considerations, the report makes recommendations on ways the African Union, along with the regional and international community can assist in making the transition as smooth as possible for the benefit of the Sudanese people in line with the Communique of the Chairperson of the AU Commission. 

Please find the full joint report attached

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Signatories:

Africa Center for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS)
Al-Khatim Adlan Center for Enlightenment, Sudan (KACE)
Darfur Bar Association
Democratic Thought Project, Sudan
Nuba Women for Education and Development Association -NuWEDA
Nubsud Human Rights Monitors Organization (NHRMO)
Regional Center for Training and Development of Civil Society (RCDCS)
Skills for Nuba Mountains
Sudanese Development Initiative (SUDIA) Sudanese Organization for Research and Development (SORD)
Sudanese Rights Group (Huqooq)
The Strategic Initiative for Women in The Horn of Africa (SIHA Network)
The Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG)

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