My name is Alexa Huffman and I am the deputy Director of Communications and Blog Manager. I would like to welcome you to the revised STAND Canada blog. Each week, readers will find posts that include information on policy regarding Sudan, South Sudan and Darfur, news from our high school and university chapters, advocacy, and the current events occurring in Darfur, the Congo, Sudan and South Sudan. If you have any questions or would like to contribute, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with our posts.
Sudan & South Sudan
Rebel Groups Form Alliance Against Khartoum
In an effort to overthrow the Sudanese government, four rebel groups– Sudan Revolutionary Front consists of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, Justice and Equality Movement, Sudan Liberation Army-Abdel Wahid and Sudan Liberation Army-Minni Minnawi– have joined together to form the Sudan Revolutionary front. Though political analysts have recognized this force as being relatively weak, the Sudanese government has reinstated its pleas to South Sudan to stop supporting such opposition forces.
ICC to Seek Arrest Warrant for Defense Minister of Sudan
The Dubai-based Al-Arabiya TV has reported that the International Crime Court is planning to release a warrant of arrest for Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein for allegations that have not yet been disclosed. This move, which is yet to be confirmed by the ICC, would be the fourth outstanding arrest warrant for a Sudanese official.
Sudanese UN Ambassador Said to Have “Blatantly Lied” about Aerial Bombing
Following Sudanese Ambassador Daffia-Alla Elhag Ali Osman’s claims that Sudan did not wage an aerial bombardment on South Sudan, American U.N. Ambassador, Susan Rice, strongly expressed her belief to the contrary. According to the U.N. Peacekeeping Chief, South Sudan has been the target of at least two aerial bombings.
N.B.: This article incorrectly identifies Susan Rice as the United Nations’ U.N. Ambassador, rather than the American U.N. Ambassador.
Amnesty International Accuses Sudan of Torturing Protestors
In a recently issued statement, Amnesty International claims that detainment of opposition activists has included torture tactics as well as violence against youth and the mentally ill.
Opposition Presidential Candidate Orders Jailbreaks
Prior to any elections, Etienne Tshisekedi has declared himself president and urged all of his supporters who have been arrested during opposition rallies to stage escapes from jail. Information These statements could be considered treason, according to Information Minister Lambert Mende.
Elections Catch Up
Check out BBC’s Q&A concerning the DRC’s upcoming federal elections on November 28.