International Organizations Launch Petition in Support of Jailed Ethiopian Activists as Court Date Approaches

Pastor Omot Agwa was charged by Ethiopian authorities under the anti-terrorism law after being detained for nearly six months.

Pastor Omot Agwa

READING, UK, 21 October 2015 – Five international organizations—Anywaa Survival Organization   (ASO), GRAIN, Inclusive Development International, Bread for All, and Oakland Institute—have launched a petition asking supporters to denounce the Ethiopian government and its financial backers for the arrest of three Ethiopian food, land, and indigenous rights activists. The three activists, who face terrorism charges for attempting to attend a workshop on food security, face a court hearing in Addis Ababa on October 22.  Continue reading

An open Letter to South Sudanese President Slava Kiir Mayardit

By Okoth Owity Opap

Dear President Salva Kiir,

A recent presidential decree that expanded 10 states into 28 states in South Sudan has split the Anyuak (Anywaa) Community into two states against their will. The Anywaa people are not consulted during the consultation with other communities. Reading the presidential decree from media outlets, Anywaa people learned that it is only their community in Jonglei, who are divided between Buma and Eastern Bie states. The Anywaa people in Akobo want to join the rest of the Anywaa people in Buma State. In the same presidential decree, Dinka and Nuer people are given more states of their own separately. Mr. President, one community should not bedivided. Therefore, let all of them live in one state. In addition, it is important to recall that in 2012, Anywaa Community in Diaspora wrote a letter to you asking your administration to divide Jonglei into two states. The goal was to create a state for four communities- Anywaa, Murle, Kacipo, and Jie. Surprisingly, this call was not answered. Continue reading

South Sudan rejects international pressure to reverse creation of 28 states

October 7, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudanese government said Wednesday it would not reverse presidential order creating and dividing the country into 28 states in violation of the peace agreement which it has signed with the armed opposition fighters allied to the former vice president, Riek Machar.

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President Salva Kiir addresses the nation from the State House on September 15, 2015, in Juba (Photo AFP/Charles Atiki Lomodong)

Armed and non-armed opposition factions, South Sudanese opposition political parties, civil society organizations and the international community have condemned the unilateral decision by president Kiir to create the states, saying it is in violation of the country’s constitution and the peace agreement signed in August to end the 21-month long civil war. Continue reading

South Sudan opposition says White House meeting cancellation “unfortunate”

October 7, 2015 (WASHINGTON) – South Sudan’s armed opposition faction, SPLM-IO, led by the first vice-president designate, Riek Machar, said it was unfortunate that White House officials in Washington DC cancelled a scheduled meeting with their leader before they could hear his side of the story on the outstanding issues in the implementation of the security arrangements per the peace agreement signed in August with president Salva Kiir’s government.

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South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar addresses journalists during a news conference in Nairobi, Kenya (Photo AP)

South Sudanese leaders including vice president, James Wani Igga, opposition leader Machar and Pagan Amum, representing the former detainees, were initially scheduled to hold a joint meeting with senior officials in the White House on Tuesday.

However, Susan Rice, president Barrack Obama’s national security advisor decided to cancel the Continue reading

EU seeks €200m aid agreement with Eritrea

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South Africa prosecutors awaiting outcome of Bashir’s appeal before investigating breach of court orders

September 17, 2015 (WASHINGTON) – The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in South Africa said that it will await the conclusion of the appeal process by the government on the case of a visit by Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir to the country last June. Continue reading

Sudan preparing to send army brigade to Yemen at request of Hadi: VP

September 17, 2015 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese 1st Vice President Bakri Hassan Saleh confirmed that his government is poised to send ground troops to support forces loyal to Yemeni President Abd-Rabbuh Mansour Hadi in its battle with Houthi rebels and their ally former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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FILE – Sudanese military forces parade in their tanks during Independence Day celebrations in Khartoum (REUTERS/MOHAMED NURELDIN)

After months of military stalemate, the alliance with troops from United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia alongside forces loyal to Hadi recently started making gains on the battlefield by retaking the strategic city of Aden and four other southern provinces and are closing on the capital city of Sana’a amid intensification of airstrikes.

In an interview with the London-based Asharq al-Awsat Continue reading