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Nigerian, Kenyan rights groups deplore harassment of Sudan aid

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April 8, 2009 (LONDON) – Human rights and civil society groups in Nigeria, Kenya and other African countries joined Amnesty International in warning Wednesday that “millions of people in Darfur face death and disease.”

At seven press conferences held in seven African countries, the non-governmental organizations called on the government of Sudan to aid organizations to resume their operations in the country and “to stop harassing and intimidating human rights defenders and staff of national and international aid and human rights organizations.”

The government of Sudan shut down the operations of 13 international and 3 national aid organizations following the issue of an arrest warrant on March 4 against President Omar Al Bashir by the International Criminal Court.

A coalition of groups protested the decision, speaking out from Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Mali.

But the Sudanese government has said at different times since March 4, that its decision is irreversible. Also the Sudanese president Omer Al-Bashir said he intends to “sudanize” the humanitarian activities by the end of the year.

Nevertheless, the African rights coalition called on the government of Sudan to reverse the expulsion order. They also called on the African Union, especially the Peace and Security Council, to seek to sway Sudan’s decision.

“The aid organizations have been in Darfur since 2003 and have been providing water, food, shelter and medicines to the people of Darfur because the government was unable to provide these essential supplies. The government of Sudan has not put measures in place to ensure that aid supplies to civilians would be unaffected,” said Amnesty International.

The African groups participating in this appeal are: East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network, Human Rights Institute for South Africa, Access to Justice (Nigeria), Alliances for Africa (Nigeria), Centre for Rule of Law (Nigeria), Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (Nigeria), Committee for Defence of Human Rights (Nigeria), Human Rights Law Service (Nigeria), Legal Defence and Assistance Project (Nigeria), National Association of Democratic Lawyers (Nigeria), Partnership for Justice (Nigeria), Socio-Economic Rights & Accountability Project (Nigeria), West African Bar Association (Nigeria), Women Advocates Research & Documentation Centre (Nigeria), Women’s Consortium of Nigeria (Nigeria), Release political prisoners group (Kenya), Educational centre for women and democaracy ( Kenya) and Independent medical legal unit (Kenya).

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  • 9 April 2009 14:31, by Mr. Moto Moto

    This type of solidarity is long overdue. These organization can lobby their respective government to enforce the ICC warrant of arrest and get down to the bottom of the problem. It will certainly yield greater benefit to the improverished Darfuris than just the return of these expelled aid agencies.

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    • 10 April 2009 05:19, by Aduol Liet

      Dear: African LeaderS from Africa Continent. I am getting sick every time I am always informing you to pay attention and try to speak up but you guys very self-fishness in the world why you let this Islamic arrived in Africa to bring this massive killing African civilians and perhaps, converting almost all Africa nations in to Islamic nations what is your role in Africa?. My point was that, I am trying to tell you to pay attention to the nature now because there are many things going on as Darfurian case is the good example. Another example which is good one was they Arab leaders supporting Omar al Bashir in the Middle East nations and they ignoring what Omar al Bashir did killing innocents people in the Sudan. I think some African leaders maybe says this is the Sudan’s problem but it is not African Sudanese people alone it will happen any where in West Africa and North Africa. I wonder why African leaders does not care about his people even if you give up Africa Continent name to be converted as it has already done but what about your people in Africa world where are you going to claim them?

      Africa leaders still sleeping up to this time, please wakes up actual it is too late and too a shame but try to thinks why there is an increasely numbers of Muslim populations in EThoipia country and Uganda leave others countries a part in Africa. Islamic organizations are buying people with money a cross all Africa nations now but no body knows exactly what is going on in Africa of Today. Therefore, I would like all African leaders to rethinks careful because I am sayiny this for political purpose and it is not the matter of Darfurian people alone as you guys beliefs me or not it is really and I would appreciate if you African leaders view that organizations starting from Ethoipian, Uganda, Mawil and all West Africa Countries, South Africa is a little a bit okay they must understand what is going on in Africa world.

      Here is my question to those who discovering lately the deaths of Darfurian people with apparently diseases and all these things. Are you now aware in recently Middle East supporting him meanwile,he was been indicted for his crimes committed and are you aware now with these Islamic convertation? Do you know where these Islamic organizations located in your country? Do you think you can starting now to make surverey in your own country? Ask yourself why there is an increases numbers of the Muslim populations in just a few years? Well, the real title of Africa leaders seem to be well known as a people with no judgement and too corruption in governments and it is very screwball obviously but this is a very big a shameful to you all so why not learning from others nations in the world. Finally, the world are wondering why African leaders kept quite while this Islamic organizations is more dangerous to African tradition people than just being converted to that Relibion who dose not care the innocent people around the world.

      Please African leaders you must wake up, wake up you are still sleeping.

      Sincerely
      By Aduol Liet.
      U.S.A

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