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Sudan’s Bashir endorses lashing of YouTube woman, says North will transform into Islamic state


December 19, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir was unapologetic over a YouTube video showing a woman being flogged by police that sparked outrage both domestically and abroad.

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Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir (AFP)

“These days some people are talking about the girl that was lashed in accordance with a penalty of god’s penalties…..for those who say they are ashamed of this [punishment] they should wash up, pray twice and revert back to Islam,” Bashir told the harvest celebrations at Al-Gadarif state in East Sudan today.

The Sudanese leader stressed that those in disagreement should review their understanding of religion because Islamic Shari’a law “has always stipulated that one must whip, cut, or kill".

Last weekend, a YouTube video surfaced showing an unidentified woman in a voluminous cloak on her knees screaming and pleading in agony and pain with blue-uniformed policemen who took turns whipping her across the head and feet.

The policemen are shown to be laughing as the woman received the punishment and they are heard saying that she is sentenced to 50 lashes.

The video stirred widespread outcry among Sudanese around the world and even some pro-government columnists wrote critically of the incident with some going as far as describing it as a “scandal” that will harm the country.

The deputy police chief Adel Al-Agib, speaking to the Dubai based Al-Arabiya TV last week, said that the timing of releasing the video was ill-intentioned to coincide with the Human Rights day of December 10th and to smear the image of the country.

Following the disclosure, the Sudanese judicial authority released a statement saying that the incident will be investigated.

"The investigation was started immediately after the images of the young woman, being punished under Articles 154 and 155 of the 1991 Sudanese penal code, appeared on the Internet," the judiciary said in a statement.

The statement said the investigation would look into whether the punishment was carried out improperly.

But Sudan’s Bashir appeared to overrule the probe ordered by the country’s judiciary.

“We say [to] our brother the head of the judiciary and our brothers in the police who said that they will investigate this issue. The investigation’s [focus should be] whether this girl was sentenced to lashing [or no?] This is the end of the story. Did the police implement a judicial ruling? The case here is finished” he said.

“[If the girl was sentenced to flogging and the police carried out the verdict] What is the probe for then?” the Sudanese president posed the question.

Floggings carried out under Islamic law are almost a daily punishment in Sudan for crimes ranging from drinking alcohol to adultery.

On Tuesday, Sudanese police arrested dozens of women protesting the laws related to flogging saying it is humiliating to women.

Mariam Al-Mahdi, daughter of former Sudanese prime minister, claimed that Sudanese women receive more than a million lashes annually by public order police. However, she did not say where she got the figures from.


Bashir went further to announce that North Sudan will move fully into an Islamic law state after the likely secession of the South in next month’s referendum.

“If god forbids, the South separates [then] the constitution will be amended [and] a lot of things relating to the South will go away,” he said.

“But the opaque talk [about] the Sudanese people I don’t know what…is multi-racial and multi-religious, the [Islamic] Shari’a will be the main source for lawmaking….and Arabic language will the official language of the state as will be stipulated in the upcoming constitution,” Bashir added.

After the two-decade civil war, Bashir’s National Congress Party (NCP) and the former southern rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) agreed in 2005 on an interim constitution valid until July 2011.

The current constitution recognizes the "multi-ethnic," "multi-cultural" and "multi-faith" status of the Sudanese state, and is based on both Shari’a, or Islamic law, and the "consensus" of the population.

It also recognizes Arabic and English as the two official languages of Africa’s largest country, which was formerly under British and Egyptian rule.

Southerners are set to vote in a referendum on January 9 on whether to remain united with the north or break away and form their own country.

The SPLM has frequently emphasized that the abrogation of Islamic Shari’a law is the only hope for the country to stay united. However, the NCP insisted that this matter is a red line that is not open for compromise.

In 1983, the former president Ga’afar Nimeiry announced the implementation of Islamic Shari’a law across the country including the South which helped fuel the Southern rebellion led by SPLM’s late chairman John Garang.

The period of time is well remembered for sentences being publicized on state media such as chopping hands for stealing.

Mahmoud Mohamed Taha who was the founding father of the Republican Brotherhood movement, as a group that possesses progressive interpretation of Islam, was sentenced to death in 1985 by hanging for apostasy. He was a fierce opponent of the policy of Islamic law implementation as instigated by Nimeiry.


The head of the SPLM’s Northern sector Yasir Arman said Bashir’s statements would encourage repression in the north.

"This type of discourse is preparing the ground for a police state. The north, whether alone or with the south, is an extremely diverse place."

Arman said it was the north’s hard-line stance that had pushed southerners towards separation.

"If it [the north] continues like this it will encourage other areas like Darfur, the Nuba mountains and eastern Sudan to walk out as well," he added, referring to areas on the peripheries of northern Sudan.

"It will also result in Sudan having worse relations with the outside world," Arman said.

One political analyst in Khartoum who asked not to be named told Sudan Tribune that he fears the implications of Bashir’s remarks on the country’s international standing particularly with non-Arab and Non-Muslim minorities living in the North such as the Coptic Christians.

“We will be looked at as a country that has total disregard for human rights and rights of minorities. Worst of all the potential external investors will see this as a recipe for more rebellions by other marginalized groups in the country adding to the political instability so they will decide to stay away” he said.

He noted that the Sudanese leader himself is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged war crimes and genocide in Darfur.

The political analyst added that influential countries in the region such as Egypt will be displeased to have an Islamic state on their borders.

“The Egyptian government is trying to suppress Islamic groups like the Muslim brotherhood which is trying to install an Islamic government. These groups will now look at Sudan as an example to follow in achieving their aspirations,” he added.

Officials from Egypt and Libya have blamed the imposition of Shari’a law for pushing southerners towards independence.

Western nations fear that Sudan may end up becoming isolated and Islamist after the South splits.

"After the secession of the south, we could see the north radicalize and the creation of a Muslim caliphate," one foreign official said on condition of anonymity to Agence France Presse (AFP) today.

In the 1990’s Sudan housed a number of Islamic militant groups and Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

Bashir came to power in 1989 in a bloodless coup backed by the leader of the National Islamic Front (NIF) Hassan Al-Turabi. The two men fell out together and he was in an out of jail since 1999. He has been one of the most outspoken opposition figures ever since.


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  • 20 December 2010 06:34, by Bol Deng

    Attempting to vote for unity mean more imposition of Sharia law. Let them abuse their citizens.

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    • 20 December 2010 08:11, by Nhomlawda

      Al Bashir would like to create a wide spread war in the north so that arabs and arabized africans in the north move south as refugees to settle and become headache in the future to our children. We should close all borders with the north should Al Bashir ignites wide spread war with intention of displacing his arabized africans and arabs in the north to the south.
      Let us be careful with what this president thinking about.

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      • 20 December 2010 10:06, by Kiirpeter Chol

        bulshite with your feistyless speeches, all those dreams are of no help to you mr. president. better revive your administration in a seperate way rather than islamization of the north.

        Feisty, Felitous, and Fatalistic Kiir.

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      • 20 December 2010 13:27, by Biar-awumbeny

        Wow! I love your comment buddy, and I really regard it as most visionary statement that come from a real statement.

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      • 20 December 2010 15:59, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

        That is it!
        Beshir needs Sudan to be an islamic country only and this is one of the factors Southern Sudan is moving apart.

        It will be upto people form all directions of Sudan to contest against such Islamic Shari’a laws minus south. For Southern sudan, there is freedom of worship.

        Separation oyee! New Sudan oyee! Independence oyee! free religion oyee!

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      • 21 December 2010 21:17, by australian

        True Islam is against black people. Allah and his messenger don’t like black skin. The south will get many black newcomers after separation. I think the south should accept them if they leave Islam, otherwise send them back to enjoy their racist religion and become slaves in the new sharia state Bashir is going to make. And the south should encourage all the Muslims who live there now to leave Islam too. Otherwise the south will end up Islamic too.

        Proselytise, convert and free those people - and their victims - from Islam!

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    • 20 December 2010 13:08, by John Gum

      Dear Basir

      We south-Sudanese are not long interesting of fake unity attractive,we have to remain separate in south sdan

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    • 20 December 2010 16:31, by Wal P Muoranyar Biet

      He endorse punishment of women who wear pant, but he stole $9 billion, and he doesn’t speculate how much he should be punished! What a hypocracy!

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    • 21 December 2010 09:13, by Hobu Hong

      Deng Bol, i like your comment

      Omar is a problem internationally. Let him fuck his own Arabs and Arabized black in the north. I don’t care so long as i am free in my South Sudan.
      SPLM Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
      My vote Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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    • 21 December 2010 09:20, by Hobu Hong

      Deng Bol, i like your comment !!.

      Omar is a problem internationally. Let him fuck his own Arabs and Arabized black in the north. I don’t care so long as i am free in my South Sudan.
      SPLM Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
      My vote Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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  • 20 December 2010 06:36, by Deng Thiak Adut

    Dear Colleagues;
    I would like to draw your attention to this article and in particular the words of the President of the Republic, which are very outrageous to me. We may need to consider our neighbourhood and economic relationship with this regime after are gone. We are not going to finance Islam to do wrongs in our neighbourhood.
    I am afraid that our Brothers and sisters from the Nuba and the Blue Nile will become victim of our caused. I doubted that the NCP would be able to give them any concession with respect to their religious status as such the operation of Sharia will be wildly used as punishment. I said few years ago and I quote myself: “that Islam is a disease which is dangerous than HIV. It kills more people than HIV virus”. I further conceded that “Islam is a disease of a soul and once it’s corrupted your soul, there is no returning back”.
    Even if we are gone, we are still in moral traps and we must work very hard to liberate our brothers and sister….

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    • 20 December 2010 07:15, by James Deng Dimo

      Wowo, Shame on President al Bashir who claim to intend and review his leadership by forcing Islam sharia law on Sudanese people.

      It is not a right or an obligation thought, if the whole world would recognize Bashir has a continuation rolling man of the Republic of the Sudan, well it fairness is that, the must un likely Christians by Sudanese Muslims are now on boat crossing to the newest nation.

      I don’t fill a shame to practice what my right heard appeal to do if I like, Bashir’s laws shouldn’t by propertied like he is as a second God.

      Sudanese court and humanity mast think twice and member it that Bashir a president who will later on leave the post to go but law will not be soon change.
      No, No, No, to sharia law as a Governing law on the Sudanese.

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      • 20 December 2010 08:01, by Victory

        Al-bashir shut up,i think you are under intoxicating drugs, i really doubt whether mr president is in his full mental awarness status!,bashir need to go for medical (physcological) check up,sharia Law in north?what about the non muslims?why northen sudan is insisting to be an arab state,when they are even rejected by the true arab nations?cant they hold one identity either african or arab, al-bashir is just playing with peoples mind! good luck north Sudanese..may God bless south Sudan.

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    • 20 December 2010 14:48, by Luthern King

      May I say something to the man who said that Islamic is like HIV and AIDS. Any way iam not a Muslim but the truth should remained the way the are. The people had miss intrepret the Koran in wrong way to their believes. Other wise you may take example from Egypt leader he contribute a lot during the war in Gaza recalled it and you will get the answer. MAY GOD BLESS SOUTHERN SUDAN.

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      • 21 December 2010 06:11, by Victory


        we are not debating on egypt gengster leader or Gaza here.
        People have misinterpret the Qoran?you are talking onsens here,who misintrpret Qoran here, my brother or your so-calld president al-bashir? did Qeran said that you should opperss & torment the innocent &the non muslims?i will agree with my bro who said islam is like HIV..God bless south sudan.

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    • 20 December 2010 22:21, by australian

      The only hope for all Sudan is to give up that religion, to leave it behind forever.

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  • 20 December 2010 09:09, by Padiet Deng Alony

    The Sudanese leader stressed that those in disagreement should review their understanding of religion because Islamic Shari’a law “has always stipulated that one must whip, cut, or kill".

    Whip, cut, or kill this how sheria is.
    That is what is use to say that north sudan will be islamic state one as per thier behavior and they want to form an other palestine state in Africa that means in the future Africa will be like middle east with no peace if this arab want to use the same mind in middle east in Africa

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  • 20 December 2010 13:54, by mack waweru

    First and foremost, it is El Bashir who should repent and pray five times a day and not those sympathizing with the poor young woman. Unless Muslims have their own god that condones such horrific punishments and not the "Universal Merciful God" all peace loving people follow should listen to El Bashir who is himself an international fugutive.

    Regarding setting up a state based on Islamic Shari’a Laws and Arabized after south secedes, it’s a wake up call for Darfuris, Nubians and the people of Blue Nile and other minorities in the north to prepare for the worst.

    Mack Awer

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    • 20 December 2010 22:27, by australian

      Of course Muslims have a different god, a god called Allah who tells them to kill not only non-Muslims but each other. Allah is nothing like the Christian God and there is no "universal merciful God" which Muslims and Christians and others have in common.

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  • 20 December 2010 14:36, by Hobu Hong

    Omar is a problem internationally. Let him fuck his own Arabs and Arabized black in the north. I don’t care so long as i am free in my South Sudan.
    SPLM Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    My vote Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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  • 20 December 2010 16:02, by Marco A. Wek

    Yes you can do whatever you want with your people once we are gone but remember you are not living in a closed dark ages where Islamic laws were applied to kill, cut or whip people. Our World has other religious people as well as non-religious people who cares about their fellow humans and these people will be watching you that is,they will not let you abuse Northern Sudanese people.

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    • 20 December 2010 22:40, by australian

      The northern people will have to save themselves. The southern people will have enough to do after separation. If they want freedom in the north, they will have to learn to fight for it, not just complain and say the NCP are not following "true Islam". They have to wake up to the painful truth that if they really love Islam, then they love a religion of whipping, cutting and killing, and the god they pray to wants that for them unless they obey his hideous laws.

      The government will be frightened that the Christians will lead the Muslims away from Islam, so I fear for the Christians in the north now. Even the northern people will resent and blame the Christians for their troubles, because Muslims don’t want to take responsibility and realise it is their beloved Islam which has caused this trouble. The south fought and gave eveyone a little freedom for a while so I hope everyone enjoyed it. Now the northern people have to have the rule of their beloved Islam.

      They can fight or put up with it.

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      • 21 December 2010 00:07, by NgorKur Mayol Chier

        Dear All,
        I thought President Bashir of Sudan could make an apology to the human rights abusive his government has been used against humanity in Sudan for decades. He is the worst leader Sudan ever had since the creation of the African people. We all also know that Bashir is a gay who never had the children of his own compare to anyone of the African leaders and that is why the man has never cares with the suffering of our people since he took the military power in Sudan from 1989 to 2010. So far from what I know, he would be the only president to leave behind no legacy to his people as what John Garang did left, but Bashir legacy to leave behind would be the killing of the Sudanese citizens for the intension of the Islamic misconception of believing in murder.


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  • 20 December 2010 21:45, by moe_zain


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  • 21 December 2010 00:06, by J G kuol

    >Intrestingly,Al Bashir has got a tremendous support and
    >applause from north apart of sudan and gulf countries,
    > if you surf their main media outlets.
    >(??????? ? ??????? ??? ???????? ????????? ???????,?? ??? ?? ???? ???? ???? ?????? ??????,? ?? ?? ??? ?? ??? ????????? ???? ???? ??? ?? ????? ???? ???? ??????)
    > It seems the winds of change,and the breeze from jana
    > is blowing towards north,and I can’t wait to see the folks
    > enjoy the fruits of the beloved Sharia.
    > And evertime I’m in a bad mood I would probably just
    > turn the channel to the magnificent show of sharia in
    > the land of believers to quench my thirst of curiosity.
    > Isn’t that awsome?

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  • 21 December 2010 00:40, by Deng E. Manyuon

    What sort of religion that stipulates whipping, cutting or killing as the order of the day? I guess we have seen the true colour of the elites in the North who are promoting violence against women.

    Where are pro fake unity? Can they argue these violence and discrimination against women? Why is the so called sharia disadvantaging particularly women. May God save the lives of the women in the North!


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    • 21 December 2010 02:30, by Paul Ongee

      I don’t think if lashing women is based on Alla’s penal code and North will transform into a full Islamic state after secession of the South Sudan. The issue here is not only about the limited time frame of getting Sharia law implemented on the ground without provoking violence or uprising against the NCP-led government but about the briefly-tasted freedom brought about by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA)of 2005.

      You can easily see the reflection of freedom in every social setting that different groups of Northerners never had before since independence of Sudan in 1956. To deny individual freedom is of course like whipping, cutting or killing the person. But gone are the days of infringing upon individual freedom. I doubt about the real adoption of the Sharia law because NCP will certainly never be there whether by hook or crook. Since Sharia messed up the country, reformed politics will only be the viable option for governance.

      Thanks God, NCP doesn’t read the current climate of freedom forces affecting every human being living under the Sun. Before NCP think of strict application of Sharia, they should ask the first question that Why Sudan is subjected to Sharia law without considering cultural diversity? Why Sharia is not to larger extent practiced in Egypt, Dubai or Nigeria? Why is it more applicable in Sudan than in the mentioned countries? What is the difference between Sudan and those Middle East countries?

      Paul Ongee
      Khartoum, Sudan

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      • 21 December 2010 06:56, by Peter Elia Kuzee

        We wants only separation, to avoid war and lashing women.
        Soon too, we are going to have our own rules in the south.

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  • 21 December 2010 07:19, by Aleu

    The unusual confession of Omar Hassan Ahmed al Bashir is absolutely the strong signal message to the Nubian people, the Darfurian people, the Eastern Sudanese people and perhaps, the people of South Blue Nile as a whole.

    I would like to say thank God that,this indictment Omar al Bashir has come out and make confessing before the resulting of Southern Sudan’s referendum, this is one of the proof of Southern Sudanese disagreement with Northern Sudanese leaders from the beginning in Sudan which the SPLA/SPLM let took armies against Khartoum government. Look how poorly the head of the State when the president of multi ethnics groups has come out very wrongfully with unprofound statements to endores unnecessary policies that, have causes a great significantly damaging societies in the Sudan nation. This is the attitudes of none politician like himself to say thing randomly when he is out of Ideas to tell people and indeed he is out of touch and this is what you can do when you have no Ideas what to say and quite frankly, the word you are choosing to say in that way could probably affect part of his people. There is no doubt that, Southern Sudanese people are and they were 100% correctly about why the civil war fighting was so important for their rights to get written off on this Islamic Shariah law policy in the Sudan. Most likely parts of Northern Sudanese will avoid to go to North Sudan’s government not only such statement but also the unrest human rights abuse people wouldn’t afford to stay in there.

    Yes, we do know that,the Idea of conforming Islamic Sharia law is eventually a disregarding on others ethncity beliefs because we have many tradition people believes differently in Sudan and I would not disagree any more with The SPLM, the Former presidental candidate Mr, Yasir Arman saying, this message it might have a disencouragement some of Northern Sudanese if not most Nubian people as well as the South Blue Nile. Well, the human right groups must act qucikly to prevent this kind of silly thing of woman abuse in North Sudan which have been repeatedly lashing woman in the front of public this is a disaster policy for why
    the Sharia law must be rejected. The president Omar al Bashir instead of condeming such inhuman act in his government then, he took part to support the woman abuse because he belief of harming citizens that, will keep him in power but in reality his days are remain number.

    Final. It is up to the people of Nubia Mountaint and many others regions to decide very wisely for now, because this is real a clear message even if you belief same Shariah law then, you will never know that the same religion you belief would harm you for some time and I don’t think the Darfurian people will disagree with me.I also think Dr, Hassan al Turabi will probable agree with me. In the New Sudan government, there will be a religious freedom,there will be an individual rights and individual freedom,there will be a freedom of express, there will be a rights of being a citizen to say yes or no will exist and thus, the separation also between Churches and the State will remain unchangable in Southern Sudan’s government. On the other hand also, Omar al Bashir has made a good things for awareness in time ahead so that, those regions who have not decide yet will have a good choices to make and I am positive that, the Nubian people, the South Blue Nile people and for fact that, the Darfurian people will have a good choice to make their minds before referendum when it come to two countries discusion and I belief they have rights to says yes or No, base on their internests and their knowledge about all these mistreatment by Khatroum government any way thank Yasir Arman for being a good man to speak up.

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    • 21 December 2010 12:27, by australian

      That is all very good, but why is Yasir Arman still a Muslim? Can he read or not? If he can read, does he know what he is tying himself to? The religion of hate and discrimination.

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