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Sudan security services ‘inexplicably’ arrest man in N. Darfur

A citizen was “inexplicably” arrested on Thursday at the central market of Kabkabiya in North Darfur by the Sudanese security services on Thursday, onlookers said.

Denouncing the arrest, witnesses told Radio Dabanga the detainee Jafar Mohamed Idris was taken to an “unknown destination”.

Kabkabkiya residents were said to have gathered around the town’s market to find out the reason behind Idris’ arrest, but they were not successful.

A source disclosed that the security services launched an arrest campaign last week in Kabkabiya in which three citizens were also detained for unknown reasons.

Citizens of Kabkabiya are calling upon the UN to protect them from the “oppression” of the security services.

Photo: North Darfur market (Albert González Farran – UNAMID)

Article source: http://www.radiodabanga.org/node/44331

Darfur students striking against university fees in S. Kordofan

University students from Darfur began a strike last Monday in protests against the institution’s orders that they must pay tuition fees in South Kordofan. According to the Doha and Abuja peace agreements, Darfuri students are exempted from paying for their undergraduates’ studies in Sudanese universities.

One of the protesters told Radio Dabanga they began the sit-in because the University of El Salam in Babanusa, the capital of South Kordofan, is asking first level students to pay 500 Sudanese pounds in fees and second levels to pay 400 (respectively around 90 and 113 USD).

In addition, the administration is requiring undergraduates from Darfur to pay a 140-pound (31 USD) registration fee, a rule they also dispute.

The university told protesting students it had not been informed of any decision by the ministry of higher education or from the president exempting them from paying tuition fees.

Students are calling upon the ministry of higher education and the Darfur Regional Authority to ensure they do not have to pay these taxes as stated in the Doha and Abuja agreements.

Last year university students from Darfur staged several protests around Sudan staged against the payment of fees.

In December 2012 four students who reportedly took part in such demonstrations at the Gezira University in eastern Sudan were found dead and multiple sources accused the government of ordering the killings. The Sudanese police said the students died from drowning.

The deaths of the four students led to more protests, especially in Khartoum, with hundreds of undergraduates taking up the streets of the Sudanese capital condemning the alleged killings.

Photo: Students demonstrate outside the Zalingei University, Central Darfur (Albert González Farran/ UNAMID)

Related: Students demand prosecution of alleged murderers (19 December 2012)

Article source: http://www.radiodabanga.org/node/44315

Mahdi says ready for dialogue with Sudanese government to achieve democratic transition

March 6, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The leader of the Umma National Party (UNP) expressed his party’s willingness to engage dialogue with the regime and the other political and military components of the opposition to achieve peace and democratic transition in Sudan.

JPEG - 17.2 kbSudan’s President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir (R) talks with opposition’s Umma Party leader and former Prime Minister Sadiq Al-Mahdi, (file/Reuters)

Sadiq Al-Mahdi, in a press conference held on Wednesday explained that his party is committed to work with all the Sudanese forces to end the ongoing conflicts and to realise “democratic transition without violence or support of foreign countries”.

The largest opposition party is criticised by the government and the opposition alike because it refuses calls for regime change in Sudan and at the same time rejects to hold direct talks with the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) without the other opposition or rebel forces.

“There is a willingness inside the National Congress Party to dialogue with us and voices calling to review (the NCP’s unilateral policy)”, said Al-Mahdi after detailing various points the UNP can discuss with the rebel Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) , the National Consensus Forces (NCF) and the civil society groups.

He went further to say that dialogue with the NCP should take into account different concerns including a strategic commitment to peace, freedoms adding no real understanding can be reached without it, and constitution prepared and adopted by national instances including all the political forces.

“We are ready to negotiate for a democratic national constitution, otherwise we say no”, he stressed.

The opposition leader is accused by other opposition parties of compromising with the regime and reject his proposal to reform the NCF structure saying he wants to take its leadership.

On 21 February the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party, a small party with little impact in the country, demanded to suspend the membership of the Umma party accusing it of breaching the charter of Democratic Alternative that the opposition forces endorsed last year.

Regarding the Democratic Alternative, Al-Mahdi stressed that dialogue with the NCF forces will continue to reach an agreement over the needed means to achieve the goals of this charter without resorting to violence, and with an efficient structure.

He asserted that the is party is keen to work with the opposition forces adding ” if this turns out not to be possible then we will cross that bridge when we come to it”.

On the relations with the SRF, he reiterated the need to clarify the circumstances and errors that accompanied the New Dawn charter, alluding to the use of force to topple the regime, which was rejected by the UNP.

The rebels groups said they give the priority to the peaceful means to achieve regime change in Sudan but cannot stop the armed struggle against Khartoum.

(ST)

Article source: http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article45741

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