Brussels 22.11.2021 “The Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States), the European Union, Switzerland and Canada welcome the agreement to re-instate Dr Abdalla Hamdok as Prime Minister of a civilian-led transitional government, pending elections” reads the Statement by the Troika, the European Union, Switzerland and Canada, on events in Sudan.
“We are encouraged by the renewed commitment to the 2019 Constitutional Declaration as the basis of the transition towards democracy. We welcome the release from house arrest of Dr Hamdok, but urge the immediate release of all other political detainees, not only in Khartoum but in all parts of the country. These are all crucial steps towards restoring Sudan’s transition, constitutional order and rule of law.
“We reiterate our solidarity with the Sudanese people and our support for a successful transition leading to a free, democratic, just and peaceful Sudan. It is essential that the next steps meet the aspirations of the people, including through a genuinely inclusive and consultative approach to establishing the remaining transitional institutions.
“We continue to regret and condemn the loss of life, violence and human rights violations which have taken place since 25 October. Dozens of protesters have been killed, and hundreds injured or arbitrarily detained. Medical professionals have been prevented from carrying out their duties and journalists have been assaulted. We welcome the commitment to investigate deaths and injuries among protesters, and call for this investigation to be thorough, independent and transparent. It remains essential that the Sudanese people are permitted to peacefully express their opinions, free from violence or the threat thereof.
“Our thoughts and condolences are with the families and friends of those who have lost their lives while seeking to defend their rights”.
Brussels 13.11.2021 “The Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States), the European Union, and Switzerland are gravely concerned by the purported appointment of Sudan’s Sovereign Council in violation of the 2019 Constitutional Declaration.
“This unilateral action by the military undermines its commitment to uphold the agreed transitional framework, which requires that civilian members of the Sovereign Council be nominated by the Forces for Freedom and Change, and complicates efforts to put Sudan’s democratic transition back on track. It runs contrary to the aspirations of the Sudanese people and the political and economic stability of the country.
“We strongly urge against further escalatory steps and again call for the immediate restoration of Prime Minister Hamdok and the civilian-led transitional government. We urge the immediate release of all those detained since October 25 and the lifting of the state of emergency to allow for genuine and constructive dialogue. We remind Sudan’s military leaders that they supported the end of authoritarian rule in 2019, and that international support is predicated on a successful democratic transition in line with the Constitutional Declaration. We urge an immediate and full return to this path to ensure that the hard won political and economic gains of the last two years are not lost.
“We also call on the security services to respect the rights of Sudanese citizens to freely express their views without fear of violence or detention.
Brussels 13.11.2021 As stated in the declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on 26 October 2021 on the crisis in Sudan, the EU notes with great concern that arbitrary arrests in Khartoum and in the rest of the country are still ongoing and even increasing.
The EU urgently calls upon the military power to immediately release all detainees whom have been arrested since 25 October last. Equally, the EU emphasizes that the physical integrity of these detainees and the respect for their human rights are the full responsibility of the military power, and that they will be held accountable. It is essential for security forces to exercise restraint and respect the right for peaceful demonstration, with new announced peaceful demonstrations expected during the coming days.
The EU also notes with great concern that Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok (pictured) continues to be under house arrest and that his ability to communicate with the outside world is severely limited. The EU Ambassadors in Khartoum have not been able to meet him again after their visit following his release from military detention immediately after the coup d’Etat. The Prime Minister must be able to play his fully legitimate and indispensable role in navigating the country towards a return to the constitutional document and the Juba peace agreement. For this, he needs to be free to move and meet without condition or limitation. The EU therefore urges the military power to facilitate the international community to meet with the Prime Minister and to lift his house arrest, restoring his full liberty.
The EU also calls upon the military power to fully restore internet services throughout the country without delay. Free access to information for all Sudanese citizens is indispensable for achieving freedom, justice and peace for all.
Brussels 27.08.2021 The first group of 51 refugees from Afghanistan has arrived in Uganda.The group landed at Entebbe International Airport aboard a private chartered flight on Wednesday morning, August 25, Uganda’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
The ministry says the group is transiting through Uganda and will move on to the US and other countries.
It is not clear for how long they will be hosted in Uganda.
The evacuees include men, women and children who have undergone Covid-19 testing and will go into quarantine, the statement says.The evacuation followed the US government’s request to Uganda to take in some of the people fleeing the crisis in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover.
Last week, a Ugandan junior government official said that Uganda was to take in 2,000 Afghan refugees at the request of the US government, but several senior officials later indicated that the discussions on the issue were still under way.
Uganda hosts more than one million refugees who have fled several conflicts and other disasters across eastern Africa.
Sudanese Professionals Association, which has been enhancing protests, announced news conference at 1700 GMT on April 21 outside the army complex, inviting foreign diplomats. The Association promises to propose their own civilian council to facilitate transition of power from military.
In a statement the protest leaders declared their plans to form a civilian body to take over from Sudan’s ruling military council while crowds of demonstrators kept up the pressure outside army headquarters.
The military council has declined to respond to the protesters demands to ensure swift transition of power for a civilian administration, initially proposing two year period to pave the way to civilian rule.
Activists continue to mobilise demonstrators through social media to keep up the pressure for replacing the military council by civilians. General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan chairing the Council has not responded to the claims of the Sudanese, who continued to chant slogan “Power to civilians” through the night.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt need of peace and stability in Libya as “global priority“. Both top diplomats reaffirmed their commitment to continued diplomatic efforts in Libya aiming at return to political process.
Burundi will ban broadcasts from two international media organizations and expand restrictions on their operations, the government announced on March 29.
.”We are alarmed that reporters in Burundi are now forbidden to communicate with VOA and believe these continuing threats to our journalists undermine press freedom in the country,” VOA Director Amanda Bennett said. “We stand with the people of Burundi against those who are restricting their access to accurate and reliable news and information.”
The BBC condemned the decision, calling it “a serious blow against media freedom.”
At a meeting in Bujumbura, the president of the National Council of Communication, Nestor Bankumukunzi, said the British Broadcasting Corp (BBC). and the Voice of America (VoA) are banned with an immediate effect. The ban is indefinite and extends to journalists, both foreign and domestic, who provide information to either broadcaster
Mallam Nasir El-Rufai – a poweful ally of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari warned “people from overseas” who sought to intervene in the country’s election to be held in little over a week would go back in “body bags“.
“We are waiting for the persons who will come and intervene. They will go back in body bags because nobody will come to Nigeria and tell us how to run our country,” said El-Rufai.
The governor of the northern state of Kaduna, Nasir El-Rufai made the comments during a discussion programme on the Nigerian Television Authority when the subject of the international community’s role in elections was raised. It followed after an international reaction in support of a suspended Nigeria’s top judge.
“We have got that independence and we are trying to run our country as decently as possible,” El-Rufai added.
The talk about the role of foreign countries in elections was raised on the programme in which reference was made to concerns expressed by the European Union, the United States and the United Kingdom over the suspension of Walter Onnoghen over allegedly breaching asset-declaration rules.
US troops will assist US citizens, and personnel in Democratic Republic of Congo in case violent protests over recent elections threaten their security. The measure is taken by precaution.
“These deployed personnel will remain in the region until the security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo becomes such that their presence is no longer needed” President Trump wrote in a letter to the Congress.
Speaking at the start of the UN conference in Marrakesh where states gather to adopt the so-called Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, the Secretary General Antonio Guterres promoted the initiative, insisting developed countries needed more migration due to their declining birth rates and aging populations.
In July all 193 UN members except the United States concluded the non-binding pact of a highly political nature. But since then, the text has come under scrutiny from right-wing European politicians who are convinced it could lead to an increase in migration flows, and the courts would lose the tool to extradite the illegal migrants as the difference between legal and illegal migration would disappear.
At least six European Union members – mostly in Eastern Europe – have shunned the accord. On Sunday, hours ahead of the conference, Chile was the latest country to pull out, while Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel faced collapse of the governing coalition, with resignation of his ministers.
Although depicted as an achievement, the Declaration continues to provoke criticism over its ambiguity not only from right-wing, but also from center right. The European Parliament did not adopt the Resolution of Global Compact in November plenary, the failure regarded as a blow to the image of the initiative. Subsequently the European Parliament delegation had a humble presence.
In spite of the ambivalence, and criticism the signature of Global Compact is a huge step forward to eliminate the concept of ‘illegal migrants’, and create a world without borders.