Removal of the cameras after the outbreak of Mlasnat within the Commission of Economy Dialogue Conference

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Khartoum October 25, 2015 saw a session of the Committee on Economy and pension people national dialogue conference in Khartoum, Sunday, sharp Mlasnat among the participants, to the extent that he spent remove the cameras and satellite channels.

Almlasnat erupted between members of the Committee when the presidency of the Committee refused to give the participants a chance to talk.

The discussions led to an agreement not to permit any of the participants to the media, before demanding that participants remove the cameras from the hall.

At the level of the judging panel and the enforcement of dialogue outputs Chairman of the Committee Barakat Musa Alhawwata said that his committee and reached common understandings in principle on various themes, including the Constitution, the system of government, the legislative Laws, the federal system, the fight against corruption, trading volumes peaceful transfer of power, the development of systemic organs, and the recognition of ethnic and cultural diversity and religious as well as national sovereignty and prestige of the state and the extension of the system.

According Alhawwata journalists, Sunday, that there is a positive index occurred in the dialogue and become more efficient, adding that the Sudanese have the ability alone to solve their problems.

Khartoum and go on the tenth of October the current national dialogue conference center of the main armed opposition forces and movements province.

It announced Vice Chairman of the fundamental rights and freedoms Yasser Idris, that all participants secured to document rights and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution of 2015 Interim saying it’s perfect and can serve as a base from which, and said that the Committee’s work is going well with no differences clear lead to disturbing the serenity work Committee.

The government reiterated its conditions for the Preparatory Conference

The Sudanese government has closed the door again before holding any preparatory meeting for national dialogue abroad includes parties, saying that the meeting scheduled at the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa will be limited to the armed movements.

Assistant to the President and confirmed by the national coordinating mechanism for dialogue, Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid government’s willingness to meet with the armed movements preparatory meeting for national dialogue at any time determined by the African mechanism.

And locked Hamid, during a news conference Sunday, finally the door to any internal preparatory meeting of the parties, and restrict the meeting to all the armed movements.

He stressed the continuation of the mechanism (7 +7) in contact with the armed movements and Alohza with reluctance, and expected to see the coming days post some of them in the dialogue, and pointed to a decision needs to be members of the mechanism in the presence of the dialogue sessions, to resolve any problems appear on the committee level, and considered that the current dialogue is “dividing line for those who wanted peace or war.”

Assistant to the President and said that the movements that participate in the dialogue movement numbered 16 to 13 by the movement in participating procedures, cutting the absence of parties or movements “manufactured.”

He said “any party in order to participate must be registered and reference are parties registered, as well as its authority in participating Peace Darfur office of the armed movements in addition to the declared cease armed action to gain power”, and pointed out that the Committee on External Communication armed movements will include national figures.

Businessman killed at his farm in South Darfur

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A gunman in Darfur (file photo)

Armed robbers shot a businessman near Nyala, capital of South Darfur, on Friday.

“Three gunmen shot Abdeljabbar Khalil, better known by his nickname Kened, when he was visiting his land in Degreis, about 20 km from Nyala on Friday morning,” a relative of the victim told Radio Dabanga.

“He was killed instantly. They then took his Nissan Patrol vehicle and fled,” he said adding that a search party managed to retrieve the vehicle in Nyala.

Central Darfur’s Um Dukhun ‘relatively calm’ after tribal fighting

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وسادت حالة من الهدوء النسبي يسود في أم دخن محلة بعد اندلاع قتال عنيف بين سلامات والمسيرية رجال القبائل يوم الخميس.

تمكنت لجنة من الأجاويد (ساطات قبلية) لاحتواء الموقف، وهو عضو في لجنة أبلغ راديو دبنقا يوم السبت. اندلعت اشتباكات بين القبائل المتحاربة يوم الخميس على سرقة الماشية. قتل خمسة سلامات واثنين من رجال القبائل المسيرية، وجرح عدة أشخاص آخرين. كان القتال يقال تزال مستمرة بعد ظهر يوم الجمعة. وقال المصدر ان حاكم دارفور الوسطى جعفر Abdelhakam شكلت لجنة الوساطة “لوقف إراقة الدماء، تمهيدا لمحكمة القبلية التي من شأنها وضع حد للنزاعات القبلية في ولاية”.

Herdsmen attack villages, torch houses in Kutum, North Darfur

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Abbala herdsmen drive their camels to a water point in Mellit locality, North Darfur (file photo)

Militant Abbala tribesmen attacked three villages in the area of Tima in Kutum locality on Saturday. Two women were injured. 250 house huts burned to ashes. The day before they drove their camels onto farms in the area. All the crops were destroyed.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, a resident of Tima village reported that a large group of Abbala herders stormed the villages of Tima, Shagargali, and Geidaba, about 80 km northeast of Kutum.

“The Janjaweed torched 100 residential huts in Tima, 70 in Shagargali, and 45 in Geidaba village,” he said.

“In Tima, they also whipped two women severely. Taja Yagoub Bashar (35) and Fatima Suleiman Bashar (30) had to be transferred to Mellit hospital for treatment.”

The villager said that most of the people fled to the neighbouring hills, and appealed through Radio Dabanga to the UN to protect them from further attacks.

He added that all of the crops were destroyed after the Abbala released their camels onto farms in the area on Friday and Saturday.

North Darfur farmers abducted in Saraf Umra

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Gunmen kidnapped three residents of the Dankoj camp for the displaced in Saraf Umra locality on Saturday. The same day, aircraft of the Sudanese Air Force searched the area near Saraf Umra town for a Ukrainian pilot and a Sudanese translator who were reportedly taken to the area after being abducted in West Darfur a week ago.

The coordinator of the Saraf Umra camps, Sheikh Abdelrazeg Yousef Suleiman, reported to Radio Dabanga that Haroun and Omar Hassan, and Hafiz Yousef Adam were kidnapped as they worked their farms in Wadi Bari, south of Saraf Umra.

“Haroun and Omar were released on Saturday evening,” he said. “While the kidnaping was reported to the police, we also formed a team to search for Hafiz, a secondary school student. The tracks ended in the area east of Saraf Umra’s El Riyad district, but the team did not find him there.”

The sheikh demanded from Unamid to “arrange regular patrols, for the protection of displaced people inside and outside the camps”.

Sudanese Air Force

When the kidnappers of a Ukrainian pilot and a Sudanese translator did not release them before the deadline on Wednesday, and mediation also failed, the Sudanese Air Force searched the area of Saraf Umra with aircraft on Saturday afternoon. “To no avail,” Sheikh Suleiman said.

The pilot and the translator were abducted on Saturday last week from the premises of a relief organisation in Um Tajok in Kereinik locality. On Monday, a mediation committee agreed with the kidnappers to hand the abductees to the Sudanese military forces the same evening. However, after a group of militiamen brought the abductees to the area east of Saraf Umra’s El Riyad district, the army commander wanted the perpetrators to be handed over as well. The militiamen refused.

One of the mediators told Radio Dabanga on Tuesday that the situation in Saraf Umra became very tense. “Militiamen are massing in El Tadamon, west of Saraf Umra,” he said. El Tadamon is a stronghold of militiamen led by Musa Hilal.

Military reinforcements from Central and West Darfur arrived in the area too. The mediators feared that if they fail to solve the issue with the abductors, the army will certainly clash with the militiamen.

Srebrenica families ask pan-Europe court to try Dutch commanders

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The families of three Bosnian Muslims who were killed after leaving UN protection in 1995 have asked the European Court of Human Rights to prosecute three ex-UN commanders for their deaths, their lawyer said Sunday.

The move came after a Dutch appeals court ruled in April that Dutch Battalion (“Dutchbat”) commander Thom Karremans, his deputy Rob Franken and personnel officer Berend Oosterveen should not be prosecuted.

Liesbeth Zegveld, a Dutch human rights lawyer representing the families, said in the filing that the earlier investigation “was not independent” and came under “undue pressure” from the Dutch defence ministry, she told AFP.

Relatives of the victims first took the Dutchbat commanders to court in 2010, saying the three were expelled from a military base into certain death at the hands of Bosnian Serb forces during the darkest episode of the country’s 1991-95 civil war.

Serb forces commanded by Ratko Mladic slaughtered almost 8,000 Muslim men and boys in mid-July 1995 in the worst atrocity on European soil since World War II.

The complaint against the three Dutch officers was made by relatives of Muhamed Nuhanovic, his father Ibro, and Rizo Mustafic.

Nuhanovic, then 27, was employed as a translator for Dutchbat, and Mustafic as an electrician.

The victims had sought safety — along with some 5,000 other Muslims, mainly women — with Dutch troops.

The plaintiffs say the men were then forced to flee into the hands of the Bosnian Serb forces commanded by Mladic — himself now on trial for genocide and war crimes at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia based in The Hague.

The Dutch government last year said it would pay the families 20,000 euros ($22,000) each in compensation after a civil court ruled that the state was indeed liable for the deaths.

The role of Dutch blue helmets at Srebrenica has cast a long shadow in The Netherlands, with an entire cabinet resigning in 2002 after a report laid some blame for the atrocity on the government.

Even today, the massacre prompts endless soul-searching as to whether the men of Dutchbat could and should have done more to protect Srebrenica’s Muslim population.

Some 2,000 Dutch soldiers served as peacekeepers at the height of the three-year conflict, which left 100,000 people dead and another 2.2 million homeless.

The defence ministry on Sunday rejected the new case as “unfounded”, with a spokesman telling Dutch news agency ANP that the justice system was fully independent.

The ECHR, whose judges come from each of the 47 members of the Council of Europe, was established by the 1953 European Convention on Human Rights.

Humanitarian groups say 80 civilians killed in one month in one South Sudan county

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A displaced woman and her children ride in a wooden canoe through a swamp on Oct. 11, 2015, where the thick reed marshes protect against attacks, as they flee from Kok Island in Leer county to Nyal in Panyijar county. (Jason Patinkin / AP)

A group of humanitarian organizations monitoring civilian casualties in South Sudan says 80 civilians, including 57 children, were killed in just one county in war-torn Unity state between Oct. 4 and 22.

The Protection Cluster, representing 60 local and international organizations, said 29 of the children drowned after running into swamps to hide from attacks in Leer County. The group said there were reports of widespread use of sexual violence, including more than 50 rape cases.

South Sudan army spokesman Philip Aguer said Saturday that he had no reports of fighting in Leer County.

The U.N. and human rights groups have documented widespread abuses against civilians including rapes and killings by government soldiers and their militia, in Unity state this year. Fighting persists despite a peace deal signed in August.

Death toll in Libya anti-peace deal rally shelling hits 12

One of the members of the military protecting a demonstration against candidates for a national unity government proposed by U.N. envoy for Libya Bernardino Leon, is pictured in Benghazi, Libya October 23, 2015. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The death toll for the shelling of a rally in Libya’s second city Benghazi protesting against a U.N.-proposed peace deal has jumped to 12, medics said.

At least 12 people died and 39 were wounded after a volley of shells hit the rally attended by hundreds of people, the LANA news agency close to the internationally recognised Libyan government reported Saturday.

Those present were demonstrating against a proposed power-sharing deal put forward by Libya’s U.N. envoy, Bernardino Leon.

On their Facebook pages, the Benghazi Medical Centre announced eight dead, while the city’s Al-Jalaa hospital announced four had died. Medics initially said five people were killed.

There was no immediate word on who was behind the shelling.

Libya descended into chaos after the October 2011 ouster and killing of longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi, with two governments vying for power and armed groups battling for control of its vast energy resources.

A militia alliance including Islamists overran Tripoli in August 2014, establishing a rival government and a parliament that forced the internationally recognised administration to flee to the country’s remote east.

On October 8, after almost a year of arduous negotiations, Leon put forward a list of names to head a power-sharing government, but both sides rejected the proposed appointments.

Friday’s shelling came two days after Leon insisted he would press on with efforts to clinch a political deal.

The U.N. Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) condemned the attack.

“UNSMIL calls on Libyans to reject violence as a means to settle political differences and stresses that peaceful expression of political views is one of the basic rights in a free society,” it said.

A unity government in Libya is seen as the best chance to tackle the rise there of the Islamic State of Iraq And Syria (ISIS) group and migrant-smuggling from Libya across the Mediterranean to Europe.

“Only through unity can terrorism be confronted and violence brought to an end,” UNSMIL added.

Fayez el-Serraj, a member of the internationally recognised parliament who has been put forward as prime minister in the latest proposal for a unity government, agreed.

“We need to work to overcome our political differences to stand up, hand in hand… against terrorism,” he said.

The Tripoli authorities also condemned the attack, calling it a “criminal and terrorist act carried out by those who have been cracking down on Benghazi for a year and a half.”

The UN last month accused the army of Libya’s internationally recognised government of deliberately trying to sabotage the peace talks with a new offensive in Benghazi.

UPDATED: 27 Bodies Recovered from Shore in Latest Tragedy off Libya

Some 27 bodies believed to be those of sub-saharan African migrants were recovered from the shores of Zliten, a coastal town about 150kms east of the Libyan capital, Tripoli on Saturday.

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They are the latest victims of a particularly deadly month which has seen volunteers from the Libya Red Crescent recover more than 100 bodies from four areas along a stretch of around 120kms near the capital, Tripoli.

The likeliness is that the real death toll is much higher.”Take the group recovered on Saturday, we found 27 bodies but we know that migrants rarely travel in such small groups. Normally there would be 70 people or more on a boat. But not all the bodies end up on the shore, so we’ll never know,” an LRC volunteer told Migrant Report.

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The bodies in Zliten were recovered on Saturday, and taken to the morgue at the Tripoli Medical Centre for forensic incestigations. In the previous week, the LRC recovered another 13 bodies, including those of two women and a child from sites closer to the capital. They are believed to be from the same tragedy.

Libya’s coastal towns recieve dozens of bodies every month, however, most tragedies normally took place west of the capital this year with no such large-scale accident reported this far east of Tripoli.

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“European” conference in Sudan to fight human trafficking

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Ambassador of the European Union announced that Sudan Thomas Ohana, the determination of the Union to convene an international conference of European and African countries to discuss trafficking and human trafficking issues in the region, pointing out that the European delegations toured the states of Blue Nile and Kassala border pillars in particular.
Ohana said that all heads of mission have expressed their approval of the technical and logistical support of the state with the largest proportion of the Ethiopian and Eritrean refugees, discussed the issues of immigration and the smuggling of human beings with local officials, according to the “Arab”.
For Ohana He added that a delegation composed of the heads of diplomatic missions to the embassies of Germany, Sweden, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Britain, visited Kassala State in eastern Sudan and Blue Nile State border pillars and stood on the conditions of the refugee camps.
He noted the European Union ambassador in Khartoum that the European delegations discussed the issues of immigration and the smuggling of human beings with local officials, and the detection of European support of six million euros provided to the state of refugee-hosting next year to confront the issues of development and the fight against human trafficking.
Last year, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced the United Nations to provide more than 38 thousand applications for asylum from Arterrien crossed into Europe from Sudan.
Two years ago, Khartoum hosted an international conference under the auspices of the United Nations to combat human trafficking. And get Sudan on the technical and logistic support for the development of its destiny in the fight against smuggling.