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Sudanese politicians, MPs activists form a committee to defend Khartoum’s Darfuri


May 24, 2008 (KHARTOUM) — Sudanese politicians, MPs, journalists, and human rights activist announced today the formation of the National Committee for the Protection and Defence of individuals and Groups affected by 10 May events.

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Minni Minawi speaking at the press confernce of the committee for the Protection of Darfuri while Yasir Arman listens besides him, in Khartoum on May 24, 2008 (photo provided by SLP)

Following a foiled attack by the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) on the Sudanese capital on May 10, the Sudanese government staged a large-scale campaign of arrest against Darfuri in Khartoum. The number of arbitrary detained Darfuri estimated at 3000 people.

In a statement endorsed among others by the Senior Presidential Assistant and chief of a former SLM faction, Minni Minawi, and SPLM Deputy Secretary General for north Sudan, Yasir Arman, the signatories said they decided to form this committee "in response to the urgent need to protect innocent civilians who were affected by the violence and its aftermath which was took place in Omdurman and the national capital."

The committee intends to provide legal protection to "those who are detained and those who will face trials and advocate and provide support for victims and those affected by May 10 events, which includes also to work to reduce ethnic discrimination and to patch the social and national fabric."

The committee denounced the violence enforced against Sudanese citizens — whether in the capital or in other areas of conflict. They signatories said “aware of the government’s responsibility to maintain security”, however they also asked the government."

They further urged the government to implement its responsibilities to bring peace to Darfur. "This includes providing protection for civilians, safe return for displaced persons, compensation, and bringing to justice those who committed crimes," the committee said.

The Sudan Human Rights Organization (SHRO) denounced a lawlessness climates enforced in Khartoum saying Sudanese authorities exercise a large-scale racist campaign against all Darfuri residents in the National Capital in the aftermath of the foiled rebel coup.

Aegis Trust reported eyewitness accounts of a Zahawa woman shot by security men because she protested against their attempt to arrest her brother who was walking down the street with her, in Omdurman suburb of Ombada.

Darfur Centre for Human rights and Development (DCFHR) reported this week that more than 3000 people have been detained, the overwhelming majority from Darfur. Most of those detained have no links to JEM and were arbitrarily arrested and detained as a result of unsubstantiated allegations made in the wake of the attack.

Some of them were stopped without proper cause at roadblocks in the city on account of their ethnicity. Others have been turned in to interrogators as a result of malicious phone calls from local residents following the Ministry of Interior public announcement that people should notify the authorities if anyone is seen to be acting suspiciously, the DCFHR said.

In a separate communiqué, the committee condemned a statement by President Omer al-Bashir saying that the work of the security and intelligence services will not be limited to information gathering but will exercise the work of the armed forces to protect the country from conspiracies.

The committee further said this statement contravene the text of the Interim constitution of 2005 including article 121 which sets the task of the security apparatus to focus on information collection, analysis and advice to state agencies.

The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), a Darfur rebel based armed movement, attacked Khartoum on May 10. The attack marked the beginning of a new phase of the conflict in Darfur, with a rebel group reaching the edges of the capital for the first time since the conflict’s inception in 2003.

Many members of the JEM were reportedly killed during the attack and scores were arrested. Sudan accused Chad of being behind the attack and severed diplomatic ties with the neighboring country.


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  • 25 May 2008 12:23, by Daniel Kalaka

    Congratualate Sudanese Politicial,MPs,and Journalist for forming such committee to protect innocent people whom are being torturing with this useless regime of el Bashir gangs men,bravo for that ,

    To Bashir If he is man where is he during time of attacking in khartoum you leave khalid to scape and trying to torture people who are not involved in such act by killing woman rather than man shit !!!!

    Nevertheless ,arresting Darfurian people within the National Capital of Sudan in khartoum is fucken Businesse of crime’s against humanity and don’t thing you are far from facing your too.

    furthermore ,if you don’t have any businesse than giving foolish order to arrest non involved person I tell you ,you are digging a grave for yourself better quit then to bury you alive !!! Darfurian Oyeeeeee, SLA Oyeeeee South Sudan Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeee,SPLM/A oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee !!!

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  • 25 May 2008 15:46, by A2 4 forever

    Mr Minni, you must give up that pathetic position that is not relevant to you at all !! Please give up that degrading or embarrassing position of assistantship to Al- Bashier, joint efforts with other factions of Darfuri and save your people from the Arab foes!! Slavery is over and it is a high time for the African Sudanese to take the matter into their hands!! i.e. let us together liberate our land from the intruders, and let give up internal clashes that can weaken us!! As united we are strong!!!!!!!!!!!!

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