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December 20, 2011 (JUBA) - Over twenty national and international civil society and solidarity organisations on Tuesday sent out a strongly worded letter petitioning the UN to impose additional economic and travel sanctions on Sudan and use a of no-fly zone in war affected areas.

The petition addressed to Ban Ki Moon, secretary-general of the UN and others including the US president, Barack Obama.

The petitioners called on the UN Security Council (UNSC), other members of the international community and all peace-loving people of the world to take immediate action against the Sudanese government to avert the current humanitarian-crisis in Sudan and, specifically, the Nuba Mountains/South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur.

“We urge the UNSC to consider serious measures against Bashir’s government in Khartoum by taking tougher actions in accordance with Chapter Seven of the United Nations charter and specifically by imposing a no-fly zone over Blue Nile, Nuba Mountains/South Kordofan, Darfur, Abyei and also along the border between South and North Sudan for protection of civilians and humanitarian aid workers. We ask members of the international community to avail resources to ensure the implementation of a no-fly zone. We equally demand that the UNSC takes appropriate actions against member states who fail to adhere to their obligations under the Rome Statute”, the petition reads in part.

The letter says the Sudanese Minister of Defense and “officers and soldiers of the divisions who committed crimes of killing, and burning and looting of homes and property in the Nuba Mountains/South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions” must be held accountable before the International Criminal Court, as well as those responsible for war crimes committed against the civilian populations of Darfur, Nuba Mountains / South Kordofan, Blue Nile, and Abyei.
 
Fighting between the Sudanese army and the opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N) rebels rebel broke out in early June in the border state of South Kordofan,

The Sudanese army also extended the fight to Blue Nile State in early August on the grounds that rebels troops, formerly part of Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), which became the official army of an independent state of South Sudanese, did not surrender their weapons although some arrangements in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), in particular the popular consultation was not satisfactorily carried out.

Since the fighting erupted reports from many actors, including international organisations have consistently described the humanitarian situation in Nuba Mountains / South Kordofan, Blue Nile, and Darfur as a matter of grave concern needing urgent action. 

It is estimated that up to 400,000 civilians have been displaced from Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile while tens of thousands of lives are said to have been lost. 

Some civilians have fled into Ethiopia and South Sudan while over 43,000 civilians are said to be stranded at the border, unable to enter South Sudan and are facing severe food shortages including continued aerial bombing allegedly carried out by the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and militias.

In June and August, immediately after South Sudan officially became an independent state, satellite images captured by the Satellite Sentinel Project confirmed the destruction of civilian homes, and possibly the presence of as many as eight mass graves in the Nuba Mountains.

In an interview with Sudan Tribune on Tuesday, Stephen Mabek Lang, Parieng county commissioner said the SAF aerial and artillery bombardments have followed displaced and civilian refugees even when they crossed international borders and sought refuge in Yida camp in South Sudan’s Unity state.

Tension between Sudan and South Sudan have been increasing with a SAF attack on the South Sudan town of Jau in early December.

In the petition, the activists also charged the Sudanese government of denying access to humanitarian aid; disappearances; detentions and torture of civilians; looting of civilian property; and the use of starvation and enslavement.

“We strongly demand political and diplomatic isolation of Bashir’s government and enforcement of economic sanctions against the Government of Sudan. We also demands reparations for the gross human rights violations that have taken place in Darfur, Nuba Mountains/South Kordofan, and the Blue Nile regions, including damages to properties and infrastructure. These people deserve compensation, and the UNSC must impose this on Omer el Bashir’s government in Khartoum”, the petition adds.

The petitioners included signatures from the Washington based Darfur Interfaith Network, Darfur Union, UK & Ireland; the Juba based End Impunity Organization, Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART), Kush Liberation Movement, Nuba Mountains Advocacy Group, Nuba Mountain Association Middle and West Africa, Nuba Relief, Rehabilitation and Development Organization, Operation Broken Silence, Stop Genocide Now, Sudan Advocacy Action Forum
 
Academicians and individuals signatories include Professor Lord Alton of Liverpool,
Independent Crossbench Member of the House of Lords and a Secretary of the All Party British Parliamentary Associate Group on Sudan; Wendy James FBA CBE;
Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology, Sara Kornfeld
Founder/ Mentor/Educator; and Gill Lusk, a writer on Sudan

The petition addressed to Ban Ki Moon, secretary-general of the UN included Barrack Obama, president of the US; David Cameron, prime minister of UK; Hu Jintao, president of China; Dmitry Medvedev, president of the Russia; Nicholas Sarkozy, president of France; Jens Stoltenberg, prime minister of Norway; Haile Menkerios, UN special representative for the secretary general to Sudan; Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Chairman of the African Union; the Secretariat of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD); and Sir Derek Plumbly, chairman of the Assessment and Evaluation Commission.

(ST)

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  • 22 December 2011 07:18, by Sir. Nostalgic

    Heee! That is the solution to those thugs in Khartoum because they are carrying out ethnics cleansing in Blue Nile and South Kordufan. Human right group should back their sanction by No Fly Zone and I hope the world will succeed against these crook Khartoumers. Look here Mahammed Ali, Sam, and Jalaby, you are going to find South Sudan the best state required even you will be coming for holiday.

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  • 22 December 2011 08:09, by mohammed ali

    SS should look after it’s own bussiness.If there are 400,000 displaced (though this number is inflated as usual) there 2.7 millions S.Sudanese starving, the death tool is much more than in Darfur,there is no security even in the capital and opposition leaders are assassinated in cold blood; it would be laughable for those who commited the most corrupted looooting crimes to talk about human rights.

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    • 22 December 2011 09:08, by Logic

      When you talk about inflated numbers (you’re right, 400,000 is inflated). But you should also avoid miss-using numbers yourself, the 2.7m figure you and your friends keep bringing up was an estimate based on the number of people requiring food aid, not currently starving as you keep propagating to make S. Sudan look bad.

      What’s laughable, is your absolute blind loyalty to the NCP gov.

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      • 22 December 2011 09:19, by Master

        Atleast the UN is a little fair when it calls for a cease fire from both the Government and the SPLM-N, also calls for the South to stop supporting the SPLM-N.

        But these clowns are loonies ! Who are these nut activits. Anyone these days criticises the Sudan call themselves an activist and be recognised by ST and other Bias, unprofessional media organisation.

        Lord who of liverpool. Get a day job

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    • 22 December 2011 09:14, by Logic

      In 2008/9 Sudan sold the same amount of grain to mainly Arab countries as was needed for food aid for the displaced of Darfur, who’s number far exceeded the 2.7m you love to mention. How sad is that!

      You can preach all like about the righteousness of the N. Sudan government but anyone with half a brain cell knows the real truth and its far from what you & your friends try to project on here.

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      • 22 December 2011 09:23, by Master

        Every 2 Nuba in the US for an organisation and call it an NGO fighting for justice.

        Like the idiots of Darfur organisations. Its a way of getting funding for themselves and nothing to actually help the people.

        How about the rights of the Shulluk, Nuer and other minorites the Dinka are exterminating slowly by taking their cattle, guns and killing their men. How many Nuba died compared to these ?

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  • 22 December 2011 08:18, by mohammed ali

    After the failure of the unnecessary war waged by the SPLA in SK & BN,the GOSS should learn from it’s mistake and sit down and negotiate in good will.They have been advised by their closest allies includin Susan Rice to solve the outstanding issues in good will.War will not solve any problem and enmosity and hatred will only worsten the situation and further increase the suffering of the poor ppl.

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    • 22 December 2011 09:20, by Logic

      Facts on the ground depict a different picture as to what you term as a "failed war" in BN & SK. The SPLA-N did not want war but Bashir insisted on his terms even when his government have done everything possible to abort the popular consultation clause in the CPA.

      BN & SK are at war with NCP government because its lead by your kind of mentality, "its either my way or no way". Well, war it is...

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    • 22 December 2011 09:27, by Logic

      Its difficult to negotiate in good will with your kind of mentality, you fail to condemn the atrocities against civilians by SAF but yet you expect SPLA-N to negotiate as if the spilled civilian blood of the Nuba, Engassna & Fur is nothing to worry about.

      Your Western style of double standards could never be accepted by those who yearn for freedom and recognition as equal human beings.

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      • 22 December 2011 09:30, by Master

        You cant be as dumb and naive as the americans. The sudanese army is made up of Nuba, Engassna & Fur - not just arabs as you might put it. Half of khartoum is made up of Nuba, Engassna & Fur !! No one is targeting them - rebels Vs Army. Like americans keeping saying in Iraq and Afghanistan when civilians die - Oops - Shit happens.

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        • 22 December 2011 09:45, by Logic

          At least American imperialism is mainly conducted abroad while their people (some) are preoccupied with sports, hollywood and propaganda. But the NCP conducts its brutality amongst its own people, eventually you’ll learn to accept that.

          Apartheid South Africa used Blacks to suppress other Blacks, so what’s your point if half of Khartoum is Nuba, its their land Mr Intelligent.

          Funny dude.

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          • 22 December 2011 23:06, by mohammed ali

            Logic, where abroad? Did the red Indian ever live outside their land which is changed to America..New Yourk..asif these places had no name before and there were no people before them and they "discovered" this no-mans land , as they were no human beings bbefore them.How brainwashing is very effective!

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      • 22 December 2011 22:52, by mohammed ali

        Logic, come on! My western style of double standereds! Yeah , these so called "international" organisation who defend you are single one face stanered!You seem to schisophrenic , with double personalities!You obey & bow to the west in all your actions, on the hand you criticize them. Yet, you talk too much about identity!

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    • 22 December 2011 09:27, by Master

      The americans are a naive and silly people. All their presidents tell them the same lie every time and they fall for it. Same crap they said about Iraq is being said about Iran, Afghanistan - Pakistan. South Sudan - Now B.N - S.K. They use the same script and the idiots eat it up like candy. In the mean time the zionists - activists are milking them for money and laughing.

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    • 22 December 2011 09:34, by Logic

      As Palestinians have been fighting Zionists ever since the beginning of the brutal occupation of their land, be sure that the African Sudanese will also continue demanding their rights from the supremacists elite of N. Sudan, by any means necessary.

      Current SPLA-N leaders maybe captured or killed but the fight will never stop till your kind understands that no man is superior to another.

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      • 22 December 2011 09:55, by Logic

        "The americans are a naive and silly people" Sadly it these kind of statements that show your generalist/ racist mind frame. Just as you think all S. Sudanese drink alcohol.

        Does it ever occur to your narrow mind, that there’re many anti-imperialism American activists who challenge their own government’s actions! If only your intellect could lead you to be their Sudanese counterpart.

        Unlikely.

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        • 22 December 2011 10:07, by Master

          anti-imperialism American - we know they exist. But they are few and called nuts or antisemits !! The main stream media, congress and banks are controlled by your likes. They have an agenda and sudan and Islam are on top of that agenda. Tomorrow you will see. Yes it might seem Sudan and Islam will lose the battle for now. But tomorrow will come a day when you and your likes will cry and suffer

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    • 22 December 2011 11:17, by rock

      Ali there is different between civil society organization and government so try to read again.
      besides outstanding issues whether Khartoum like it or not they have to leave south Sudan territory and her resources.
      Rock is back

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      • 22 December 2011 13:56, by Master

        Rock - no one wants your territory and your resources other than the americans and rich zionist companies and banks that bought 40% of your land. What Sudan wants if for you to take your remaining 700000 People left in the North, draw the border, stop funding and aiding alhilu and agar and pay your share in oil tansport, refinery and export fees. Simple. But your government listens to what US !

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  • 22 December 2011 08:33, by Madina Tonj

    No fly Zone is real needed now.

    Khartoum regime is forcing Southern Sudanese Students living in Northern Sudan to accepted training for military and force them to attack South Sudan nation. Khartoum regime have given million waepons and even tanks to late rebel leader George Athor Deng to attack Juba. This regime of Khartoum need seriously action to be taken against dictator. Action is needed

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  • 28 July 2012 18:48, by danaray79

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