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SPLM-N al-Hilu, SNA calls for secular state in Sudan


Amar Amum (R) and Farouq Salman sign a joint political declarationon in support of a secular state in Sudan on 25 Feb 2020 (ST photo)
February 25, 2020 (JUBA) - The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement led by Abdel Aziz al-Hilu (SPLM-N al-Hilu) and the Sudanese National Alliance (SNA) signed a joint political declaration calling for a secular state in Sudan.

The Political Declaration signed in Juba on Tuesday stressed on the need to agree on a national project establishing a modern state based on the nation’s shared values, and a social contract based on the consent of all components of the Sudanese people.

“Sudan’s constitutional and legal structures should be established on the secularism and the separation of religion from the state,” said the declaration signed by SNA deputy leader Mohamed Farouq Salman and SPLM-N-al-Hilu Secretary-General Amar Amum.

“This will constitute a way out of the maze of circumventing the tasks of change and (...) establishing a secular democratic system,” the declaration stressed.

The two sides reaffirmed the right of peoples to self-determination before to say “The Sudanese National Alliance and the SPLM here confirm their commitment to voluntary unity, which is based on the foundations of justice, freedom and equality.”

Talks between the Sudanese government and the SPLM-N al-Hilu are stalled as the government refuses to include the secular state or the self-determination in the peace talks.

The government negotiating delegation says the separation between religion and the state should be discussed at the constitutional conference.

Al-Burhan stated several times that the transitional authority is willing to negotiate and make the needed concessions for the sake of peace in Sudan, pointing that any issue touches Sudan’s integrity.

The SNA is a member of the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC).

It is in Juba with the other forces of the large coalition for talks with the armed groups to clear differences and encourage the armed groups to join them in Khartoum to achieve the tasks if the transitional government.

However, the SNA leaders are known for their support for the secular state like the Sudanese Communist Party. The two parties have taken a public position in favour of the secular state.


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  • 26 February 2020 03:01, by Mayendit

    Absolutely this is a popular demanding by the people of Sudanese people and South Sudanese people respectively. The South Sudanese people would have not voting separation in 2011 if there was a freedom to do what is right and freedom of Religion that spelling separation between church and State. It is one of the agenda which made South Sudanese people left brothers and sisters from Northern Sudan

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  • 26 February 2020 03:11, by Mayendit

    2. The Self determination is the natural rights and international right because you can’t control people by force forever but to allow them to let do what they thinks would be better future for themselves. South Sudan government is not yet completely fullfillmem as a purely democracy system of government however, the people who are living in South Sudan are absolutely free to do their businesses w

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    • 26 February 2020 06:47, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

      South Sudan separated from Sudan because of the notorious Islamic Laws imposed by Jaffar Mohammed Numeiry in September 1983. Otherwise Sudan would have remained intact. In order to preserve the unity of the country, the government of Sudan should go back to secular state as suggested by SPLM-N Al Hilu and SNA.

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      • 26 February 2020 12:47, by Fathi

        Kwacha Okonyomoi,

        I don’t agree. Sharia law was what led to the second civil war. Before the second civil war we had first civil war, Anyanya I, and Anyanya II. South Sudanese weren’t represented politically and were oppressed financially. Many issues between north and south are result of how Britain isolated us from each other for 60 years.

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    • 26 February 2020 12:24, by Fathi

      Self-determination is only applied to weaker smaller nations and is used by western nations to extend colonial policies/neocolonialism by exploiting those nations.

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      • 26 February 2020 12:27, by Fathi

        If they believed in self-determination they would grant that right to the Palestinians, they would support the people of Catalonia in Spain, they would’ve supported that right when some black people had requested it in America. Instead self-determination is purely politicised.

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        • 26 February 2020 12:35, by Fathi

          They’re pushing for it in Hong Kong China who is their economic rival while ignoring it in Kashmir India, who are currently under lockdown. They’re are orchestrating it in the middle east for a Kurdistan while ignoring it for scotland.

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          • 26 February 2020 12:40, by Fathi

            They know damn well that dividing a nation usually weakens a nation. That’s why they pushed the ottoman empire to break up into like 10 countries. That’s why they pushed the USSR to break up into about 10 countries. That’s why they divided Africa into 50+ countries. That’s why they divided German and Austro-Hungarian empires.

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        • 26 February 2020 13:59, by Mayendit

          Martin Luther king Jr said, the justice delayed is the justice deny so why the suffering Nuba, Darfur and the people of Blue Nile waiting the constitutionally conference?. This Islamic laws is affected none Arabs societies in Africa and should be among others agendas in the peace agreement. By the way, we are not talking about Middle East problem, we are seeking our solution in Africa.

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          • 27 February 2020 11:06, by Fathi


            I always appreciated Malcolm more than Martin. MLK never got the African American people justice. He integrated them into a burning house. Until today the African Americans never received justice or equal access to opportunity ... not even reparations.

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            • 27 February 2020 11:11, by Fathi

              We differ on our opinion of justice. The people of Darfur are almost completely muslim and there is a significant amount of muslims in South Kordofan and Blue Nile. Even Al-Hilu is muslim. There are rebel groups in Darfur that don’t oppose sharia. Malik Agar is fine with autonomy and right to self-legislate. South Kordofan could also be autonomous and don’t have to have sharia.

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              • 27 February 2020 11:14, by Fathi

                Al-Hilu is demanding all of Sudan to be secular. I live in a secular country and don’t mind it. My thing is that I want representative Sudanese parliament to make that decision so that the Sudanese people can more easily accept it. Otherwise, another dictator can come and implement sharia and the sudanese people, not in south kordofan or blue nile, will not oppose it.

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                • 27 February 2020 11:15, by Fathi

                  If we decide in the constitutional conference it will more likely last as the Sudanese law.

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  • 26 February 2020 12:05, by Fathi

    "a national project establishing a modern state based on the nation’s shared values, and a social contract based on the consent of all components of the Sudanese people" - This is a must if we decide to have a secular state.

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    • 26 February 2020 12:09, by Fathi

      I’m confused though. Is Al-Hilu demanding both secular state AND vote for self-determination, or will the secular state lead to him retracting the vote for self-determination?

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      • 26 February 2020 12:13, by Fathi

        I understand the desire to establish a secular state but it should be discussed in the constitutional conference, where a representative parliament can decide on the matter. How would the sovereign council be any different than Nimery by unilaterally making that decision?

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        • 26 February 2020 12:18, by Fathi

          I don’t see why Al-Hilu will not accept autonomy until the constitutional conference, where we could all accept it.

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      • 26 February 2020 14:10, by Mayendit

        Don’t assuming that,the remaining Black African in Sudan will be under your controlled forever, this is a 21st centuries and the world is moving with new things. There is no any comparison between Palestinian people and Black African in Sudan. Palestinian are PRO territories and the Mabian, Darfurian and Blue Nile’ s people are innocent people.

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        • 27 February 2020 11:21, by Fathi


          Stop assuming that identify as non a Black African. I am a Black African and I would make the case 99% of Sudanese are Black African too, although not all identify as such. Even Sudanese genetics would show that the Sudanese Arab are much closer to Sub-saharan africans than they are to the arabs lol.

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          • 27 February 2020 11:27, by Fathi

            I only mentioned the Palestinians to show that the west doesn’t care about self-determination. Also, Palestinian people are closer to black people than you think. They are being colonized now just like Africans were in the late 1800’s early & mid 1900’s. Every African should support the Palestinians. Even Malcolm X made that point to MLK to change his stance on the Palestinian Liberation Organisat

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            • 27 February 2020 11:31, by Fathi

              There was significant relationship between black panthers and black civil rights leaders with the Palestinians.

              You are a BIG hypocrite as an advocate for civil rights or African rights if you are against the Palestinian liberation!

              If you call Palestinians pro terrorists then you better say the same thing SPLM.

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  • 26 February 2020 13:40, by Mayendit

    Mr. Fathi
    The complaint for South Sudanese people began long time ago before independence in 1965. During the Juba conference in 1947, the Southern Sudanese officials demanding equally for budget development, fairness for all and sharing power in the Sudan government unfortunately, it was rejected by Northern Sudanese dominator just like what they are doing now.

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    • 27 February 2020 11:37, by Fathi

      Mr. Mayendit,

      I pretty much summed that up above. The "Northern Sudanese dominator" was the military, who ruled using colonial divide & conquer tactics. Even northerners suffered under military rule too and Dr. John Garang knew that, which is why he created the New Sudan Vision, to cleanse the people from military propaganda that divided us as a people.

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      • 27 February 2020 11:40, by Fathi

        The transitional government is not trying to prevent "equally for budget development, fairness for all and sharing power" for the peripheries. They even agreed to the 20% quotas requested by Darfur. The only thing the transitional-government is asking for is for letting our parliament to decide to make our constitution secular.

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