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Darfur displaced denounce Constitutional Declaration

August 6 - 2019 KALMA
Members of the Darfur Displaced and Refugees Association, January 2015 (File photo)
Members of the Darfur Displaced and Refugees Association, January 2015 (File photo)

The Darfur Displaced General Coordination says it does not recognise the Constitutional Declaration agreed by the Transitional Military Council and the Forces of Freedom and Change on Sunday.

In a statement on Tuesday, the coordination says it considers the new agreement “a betrayal of the blood of the martyrs, and the selling of the sacrifices of the glorious revolutionaries, men and women, and all those who offered what is precious for the sake of freedom and change”.

The DDGC reiterate their adherence to a comprehensive peace in Sudan – which should be preceded by the disarming of all militias in the country, and the prosecution of all those wanted by the International Criminal Court, in accordance with Security Council Resolution 1593.

The Darfur displaced also urge “the expulsion of all new settlers from our lands and hawakeer (traditionally owned lands), and individual and collective compensation followed by voluntary return, the achievement of a nation of equal citizenship, and the rebuilding of a homeland based on a Constitution in which all the peoples of Sudan are reflected and all forms of bloodshed will stop all in our spacious homeland.”

The coordination further emphasises that “The displaced people and refugees stand by the Sudanese who continue the revolutionary tide and go out in rallies until the goals of the revolution have been achieved”.

The displaced earlier also condemned the contents of the Political Charter signed by the junta and the opposition on July 17. They said the agreement, containing “semi-solutions and compromises”, made clear that Sudanese living in the peripheries are not involved in state decisions.

In an op-ed written by the editor-in-chief of Radio Dabanga in early May, the so-called marginalised population groups are mentioned as one of the challenges Sudan will continue to face after the ousting of former President Omar Al Bashir. “They could form strong new opposition should the transitional government not address their demands.”.


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