A summary of the news from the Sudans and the DRC the past two weeks. Click on the title for the full article.
SUDAN & SOUTH SUDAN
South Sudan Failed to Save Hundreds of Citizens from Attacks Says UN Report
Last month, the United Nations (UN) issued a report finding the South Sudanese government negligent in protecting the 888 men, women, and children who died in association with violent unrest between the Nuer and Murle tribes from December 2011- February 2012. The findings include accounts from survivors as well as descriptions of devastated post-attack villages. By failing to either cease or even investigate the violence, South Sudan enabled victims to wage counterattacks, says the UN report. The report also contains recommendations that South Sudan pursue those responsible for the attacks and implement new guidelines to prevent similar catastrophes in the future.
One Thousand Sudanese Protesters Arrested, Some Held in “Ghost Prisons”
On June 30, the twenty-third anniversary of Sudanese President Omar al Bashir’s coup, Sudanese police cracked down on anti-Bashir protesters, arresting about 1000 and injuring hundreds. An unidentified Sudanese official maintained that some rioters were being held in “ghost houses” of an unknown location, alleging, “They don’t tell you where they are. You are not even allowed to ask.” Among those arrested was Sudanse AFP correspondent Talal Saad, who has since been released. The Organization for Defense of Rights and Freedoms has said that “a few hundred” people were injured during police’s attempts to disperse the protests, citing that injuries resulted from tear gas, rubber bullets, tear gas canisters, and beatings. Meanwhile, protesters reportedly burned tires and launched stones at police officers while holding banners with messages reminiscent of the Arab Spring. Despite the protests, Bashir has downplayed the magnitude of the riots, claiming that he remains well-liked amongst the Sudanese people.