Home | News    Thursday 9 January 2020

Sudan opts for justice to settle Darfur tribal clashes


January 8, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese government said that the traditional reconciliation mechanisms are no longer valid to settle tribal conflicts, stressing that the judiciary should hold accountable those involved in the recent tribal events in West Darfur.

Leaders of the Abbala and Beni Hussein tribes from North Darfur’s El Sereif area celebrate after signing a reconciliation agreement in El Fasher on 27 July 2013. (Photo: Albert Gonzalez Farran/UNAMID/AP)

Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok and a leading member of the Sovereign Council, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo ’Hemetti’ and several senior officials were for five days in El-Geneina to deal with the security and humanitarian issues in West Darfur state after the death of over fifty people in tribal clashes between Arab tribes and Massalit.

In its regular meeting on Wednesday, the Sudanese government discussed the tribal attacks in El-Geneina and the efforts made to stop the fighting, provide humanitarian aid to the affected people and ways to hold accountable those involved in the tribal fighting.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, Faisal Mohamed Saleh the Minister of Information and the government spokesman explained that the Attorney General formed an investigation committee to hold those responsible for tribal violence accountable and that this committee had already begun its work.

The meeting "acknowledged that the traditional methods of resolving tribal disputes through state interference, holding tribal reconciliation conferences and paying blood money are no longer effective," he said.

He added that from now onward it is up to the judiciary to deal with the matter and any person involved in these clashes will be tried according to the law.

"The conflicting parties claimed that there are some individuals members of regular forces were involved in these events," he said, stressing that these individuals will be identified and their immunity will be lifted before to face justice.

"This is the method that will be followed in dealing with such conflicts," he emphasized.

Several photos and videos showed members of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) from the Arab tribes participating in a gathering after the murder of an Arab after an altercation near a displaced people camp.

The cabinet meeting decided, also, to revitalize the activities of the Higher Committee on Disarmament tasked with overseeing the collection of illegal arms in Darfur.

Faisal pointed out that the problem that occurred in El Geneina has two dimensions: the first is the politicization of tribes in Darfur states, and the second is the proliferation of weapons in the region.

He said that the Attorney General is overseeing the activities of the investigation committee, which will end its work soon and bring those involved in the events to trial.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 10 January 11:43, by Fathi

    Great to hear. Without accountability, the rampant lawlessness will continue. Unfortunately, I find it hard to believe that the RSF will be held accountable.

    repondre message

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

In memory of Kerbino Wol 2020-06-29 08:17:47 By Robert Portada On 5 June 2020, Kerbino Wol announced that he was standing in solidarity with fellow citizens deep in the sacred land of South Sudan and launching the official manifesto of the (...)

Sudan: Dynamics of change and resistance of political parties to change  2020-06-26 19:15:55 By: Hussein Arko Menawi When we look at the political timeline in Sudan it gives us strong evidence, how the political future in Sudan is critical, bleak and confusing. It is also a good (...)

Sudan’s legitimate request for UN assistance. Who the opponents are and what their ulterior motives? (3-3) 2020-06-26 12:08:29 By: Trayo A. Al Ali Trayo Keep the focus on: Regardless of any inadvertent diversion punctuates the course of this discussion, it is extremely important for the reader to strickly keep the focus (...)


Latest Press Releases

S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)


Copyright © 2003-2020 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.