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The Darfur Displaced and Refugees General Coordination has started to consult the people in the camps about the proposal of rebel leader Abdelwahid El Nur to hold an internal dialogue on the peace process, Yagoub Abdallah, head of the Darfur Displaced and Refugees General Coordination, told Radio Dabanga last week.
“The people consider the internal dialogue a real, correct, and radical approach to solve the Sudanese identity crisis and reach a lasting peace. We all hope that the government in Khartoum will positively respond to the initiative as well,” he stated.
Abdelwahid El Nur, founder and head of the mainstream Sudan Liberation Movement, which has still strongholds in Jebel Marra in central Darfur, did not join the peace talks in the South Sudan capital Juba in September last year.
El Nur, known as a “serial naysayer” adheres to his position that he will only join negotiations after security and stability have been realised in Sudan’s conflict-torn western region.
Prestigious Freedom Awards for Sudan activists
September 21 - 2020 WASHINGTON DC Two of this year’s three prestigious Freedom Awards have been awarded by US NGO Freedom House to Sudanese civil society organisations: the Sudanese Professionals Association and the Organisation of the December Revolution Martyrs' Families.
Samahir El Mubarak accepted the Freedom Award on behalf of the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA).
According to the US NGO Freedom House, that chooses the honorees, “the SPA organised and led the citizens of Sudan in peaceful protests demanding regime change in 2018. As a direct result of these protests, dictator Omar al-Bashir was removed from office in April 2019.
Dr. Amira Babiker accepted the Freedom Award on behalf of the Organisation of the December Revolution Martyrs' Families. “The organisation was created in response to the June 3, 2019 massacre of peaceful protesters by Sudan’s Armed Forces General Command. Their enduring mission is to ensure that justice for their loved ones is served and that their children did not die in vain. The organisation serves as a watchdog, guarding the values of freedom, peace and justice, and guiding Sudan toward a successful transition to democracy,” said Freedom House.
Artists sentenced to two months imprisonment
Protests against former NISS officials' appointment at Sudan embassies
COVID-19 lockdown lifted
41 held as ‘enough explosives to blow-up Khartoum’ seized
South Sudanese mediators to prepare signing of peace deal
New school year postponed for two months
77 per cent of Sudanese live in poverty
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