Sudan: This week’s news in brief
A compact digest of this week’s most read highlights, from the heart of Sudan. Subscribe to receive this summary every week in your inbox.
* Updated the most read highlights from the past two weeks this time around.
Sudanese cabinet: “Unanimous decision” to hand over accused Darfur war crimes to ICC
June 27 – 2021 KHARTOUM In a “unanimous decision”, the Sudanese Cabinet has pledged to hand over former officials charged with war crimes in Darfur to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, the Netherlands.
The decision comes shortly after the visit to Sudan and Darfur by outgoing ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, during which she stressed the need to hand over former interior minister Ahmed Haroun, accused of war crimes and of crimes against humanity, to the ICC before the end of July to stand trial with Ali Abdelrahman (Kushayb).
Sudanese federal governance minister Buseina Dinar confirmed the cabinet decision, saying “the unanimous decision aims to establish peace and stability in the country”. She assured at a press conference in Khartoum that “the court must settle its proceedings”.
Interview with analyst Hafiz Ismail: “Why is the government not addressing any of these bigger issues?
June 25 – 2021 KHARTOUM Radio Dabanga interviewed former banker and civil society activist Hafiz Ismail on current economic and political affairs in Sudan, including the economic recession, liberalization measures and the defense budget.
The past few weeks have seen various protests across Sudan as economic hardship triggered by a recession and high inflation rates continue to affect the Sudanese people, especially their youth. The protest came at a time when the finance ministry announced its intention to continue liberalizing the Sudanese economy while admitting that citizens would initially suffer from these policies.
The economist also explained that when the government asked the IMF and the international community for debt relief and the establishment of the Samarat Family Support Program, the support they received was accompanied by a set of desired measures, including the phasing out of subsidies and the liberalization of the exchange rate. “You are doing this, but you cannot do it in a country where over 80% of the population lives on the poverty line,” Ismail said.
Sudan outraged as Ethiopia announces second filling of GERD
July 7 – 2021 KHARTOUM / NEW YORK The Sudanese Foreign Minister has expressed outrage over Ethiopia’s announcement that it has launched the second filling of the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Minister Maryam El Sadig El Mahdi sent a letter to the UN Security Council.
Sudan’s Transitional Legislative Council to meet in August
July 6, 2021 The KHARTOUM Sudan Transition Partners Council has started the long-awaited formation of a Transitional Legislative Council, the first session of which is scheduled for August 17.
Troika envoys brief Sudanese prime minister on visit to Kauda
July 4 – 2021 KAUDA / KHARTOUM The delegation of Special Envoys to Sudan and South Sudan from the United Kingdom, Norway and the United States (Troika) paid a two-day visit to Kauda in South Kordofan to meet representatives of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of North Sudan (SPLM-N) Abdelaziz El Hilu.
EU, US welcome IMF and World Bank HIPC decision on Sudan
July 1, 2021 BRUSSELS / WASHINGTON The international community reacted with enthusiasm to the announcement by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that Sudan will benefit from foreign debt relief of $ 50 billion under the the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative.
Darfur: withdrawal of UNAMID completed as “liquidation phase” begins
June 29 – 2021 KHARTOUM / DARFOUR The African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) completed its withdrawal exercise on June 30, 2021, as requested by United Nations Security Council resolution 2559 (2020), which terminated the mandate of the Mission at the end of last year.
Sudanese and Egyptian Armed Forces sign Memorandum of Understanding for joint cooperation
June 27 – 2021 KHARTOUM Military talks between Sudan and Egypt ended in Khartoum with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for joint cooperation between the two countries.
“Brutal murder” of three MSF staff in Ethiopia
June 27 – 2021 TIGRAY / EQUATORIA ORIENTAL Three staff members of the international humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) were found dead in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. In South Sudan, a security guard at a school supported by Save the Children was killed on June 20.
In difficulty, Sudan Airways signs an agreement with Lufthansa Consulting
June 24 – 2021 KHARTOUM Sudan Airways and the main German consultancy firm Lufthansa signed an agreement stipulating development plans for the Sudanese airline at the premises of the Ministry of Transport in Khartoum. The airline is in trouble after years of sanctions.
El Burhan: “Do not pay attention to rumors aimed at the unity of the Sudanese security forces”
June 24 – 2021 KHARTOUM The President of the Transitional Sovereignty Council and Commander of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), Lieutenant General Abdelfattah El Burhan, declared that no attention should be paid to “rumors targeting the security system and his unity ”.
EU program of 10 million euros to support economic transition in Sudan
June 23 – 2021 KHARTOUM The European Union has launched a 10 million euro program to support economic transition by strengthening Sudanese institutions, according to a statement from the EU delegation in Sudan.