By Mahmoud A. Suleiman
August 5, 2013 – This article comes on the backdrop of the statement issued by the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) on the torture suffered by the Prisoners Of War (POWs) affiliated to the movement in the prisons of the National Congress Party (NCP) regime.
The Movement’s Media Secretary and Spokesman confirmed that their credible sources reported the extent of cruelty inflicted on the Prisoners of War (POWs) by the crew of the notorious Kober Prison in Khartoum. The management crew of Kober Prison includes General Omar Abdelmagid, Brigadier Saeed Dahiya Bakhit, and Colonel Abdul Nabi Hassan and Major Hassan al-Sammani. They continue subjecting Dr. Abdul-Aziz Noor Usher to harshest forms of psychological and physical torture especially when news report of victories of the (JEM) forces in its battles against the regime’s military and allied militias.
The examples of ill-treatment and torture suffered by Dr. Abdul-Aziz are beyond perception. The conduct and the behavior of those torturers are far from the Sudanese morality and humanitarian ethics. Furthermore, it negates chivalry and gallantry, the values, cherished by nations worldwide. Bearing in mind, this happens under the auspices of regime claims day and night that they are the protectors of Islam in Sudan and the guardians of the Sharia Law. All Divine laws and international treaties prohibit and criminalise insulting or torturing captives. Dr. Abdul-Aziz Noor Usher has been put in a solitary confinement in a prison cell adjacent to the ‘Death Row cells”, for those waiting their turn to the guillotine for more than a month. Moreover, he has to stay sleepless day/night on the floor without a mattress for him. This is in spite of the knowledge of the prison administration that the cell has overflown by sewage water for more than a week.
The foregoing conditions made Dr. Abdul-Aziz as if living in agony, deprived of sleep, food and unable to do his prayers as expected during the month of the Holy Ramadan. To escalate their torture on Dr. Abdel-Aziz, the Kober Prison warders prevented him from getting any tool/device to prevent mosquitos and other harmful insects’ stings during this autumn rainy season.
The conditions described above also apply to the situation of the POW, Ustaz Bahraddin Bashir Idris; ho has been in a solitary confinement in a prison cell few days ago under conditions similar to those of Dr. Abdel-Aziz.
The inhumane treatment and torture suffer by the POWs affiliated to JEM amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. Accordingly, General Omar Abdelmagid, Brigadier Saeed Dahiya Bakhit, and Colonel Abdul Nabi Hassan and Major Hassan al-Sammani are to be held accountable, and bear direct personal responsibility for the life of Dr. Abdul-Aziz Noor Usher and his colleague Ustaz Bahraddin Bashir Idris and for any physical and/or psychological harm afflicting them.
The (NCP) regime remains accountable for the safety and lives of the rests of the POWs belong to the (JEM) and the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) languishing in the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) dungeons that are scattered at unknown locations throughout the regions of Sudan. Moreover, the (NCP) entity, at its highest ranks, is responsible for the inhumane treatment of POWs, prisoners of conscience and detainees, men and women. Local, regional and international laws would judge those who continue committing such crimes against POWs and detainees. Crimes of human rights violations are not time-limited and nor the heinous crimes eliminated by length of time passed.
It is a critical time of death or life and suffering for the POWs in the dungeons of the NCP regime, local, regional and international Humanitarian organisations need to stand steadfast with the rights guaranteed by the global human rights laws. Here come the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols in order to decipher the harsh systematic torture to which Dr. Abdul-Aziz Noor Usher and his colleague Ustaz Bahraddin Bashir subjected to; at Kober Maximum Security torture Prison in Khartoum. There is No impunity for crimes against humanity.
JEM reserves the right to defend itself and individuals and groups people in its membership. There remains No excuse for the one admonished. Retribution is inevitable regardless of how long the journey would take.
We ask Allah Almighty to strengthen our resolve we Sudanese , young and old men and women to line up with this end of the Ramadan month and the coming up of the Eid al-Fitr to work together to liberate our homeland of the ruling regime, the putschist elements of so-called National Salvation Revolution. Surly, the NCP/NIF regime led by the fugitive from the international justice, the Génocidaire, Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir is falling from decay within it and outside blows and only awaits honest will of the Sudanese people to topple and throw it into the dustbin of history.
Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman is the Deputy Chairman of the General Congress for Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Article source: http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article47550
August 3, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – Former rebel group Justice and Equality Movement-Bashar (JEM-Bashar) said they will travel after the end of Ramadan to the Sudanese capital Khartoum, four months since the signing of a peace agreement.
“We will fly to Khartoum from Ndjamena where we will go after the end of Ramadan”, said Osman Nahar who is now JEM-Bashar secretary of presidential affairs.
He further said they will meet with the Chadian president Idris Deby after the celebration of the end of Ramadan which will take place next week end. Following the meeting, they will head to Khartoum accompanied by Chadian foreign minister and the head of Chadian security service.
JEM Bashar official said they want to thank the president Deby for facilitating the talks between them and the Sudanese government.
The group elected Bakheit Abdallah Abdel-Karim (Dabajo) as new leader, following the killing of Mohamed Bashar and his deputy, Suleiman Arko, by JEM mainstream near the Chadian border on 12 May.
Nahar said their return to Khartoum initially scheduled in June had being delayed by the reorganization of the group and the pursuit of JEM fighters who killed their leader.
Asked if they have initiated contacts with the Liberation and Justice Movement, first signatory of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), Nahar said they have no official consultations, but vowed to cooperate with them on the level of the central government and Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) to achieve peace and stability in western Sudan.
Mohamed Eltilib, DRA minster for presidential affairs, said this week they finalized all the necessary arrangements to ensure the participation of JEM-Bashar in the regional authority.
JEM Bashar signed a peace agreement with the Sudanese government on the basis of the DDPD on 6 April in Doha following a three-month process brokered by the joint African Union – United Nations mediation.
The joint chief mediator and UNAMID chief Mohamed Ibn Chambas told the UN Security Council he plans to meet with the non signatory groups this August to re-energize the peace process.
The Council, in a resolution adopted on 30 July, welcomed his efforts saying the rebels are “impeding implementation of the DDPD” and condemned “any actions by any armed group aimed at forced overthrow of the Government of Sudan”.
The two main groups of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) did not take part in the Doha process, but JEM which had inaugurated the process in 2009 demanded to open the framework document for talks but Khartoum rejected their request.
The three groups and the SPLM-N demand a comprehensive and inclusive process to reshape Sudan’s territorial administration in order to give regions large autonomy, and to adopt a secular and democratic constitution in the country.
Article source: http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article47535
August 1, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) dismissed accusations by the Sudanese government that they targeted a convoy of United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) in South Kordofan.
A picture extended by the Justice and Equality Movement on Saturday 27 July showing the smoke on the road of Dilling-Dibibad in South Kordofan after an attack on a military convoy escorting fuel tankers
The Sudanese foreign ministry on Wednesday blamed the international community for its leniency with the rebel groups which accuses of targeting on UN missions in South Kordofan and Darfur. It further called for strong action against them saying they impede peace in Sudan.
Khartoum accused JEM fighters of attacking UNISFA’s fuel tankers escorted by the Sudanese army outside Dilling in South Kordofan. The statement also reaffirmed that the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement- Minni Minnawi (SLM-MM) had earlier this month killed seven peacekeepers in South Darfur.
JEM official spokesperson, Jibreel Adam Bilal, strongly denied the allegations of the foreign ministry, stressing that they assaulted a Sudanese government force and UNISFA had no any troops among the convoy ambushed on Dilling- Dibibad road last Saturday.
“All those killed or captured in the attack were members of the government army and militias, also all the weapons and vehicles we seized belong to the regime”, he said.
UNISFA which is mainly composed of Ethiopian troops and led by a general from the neighbouring country has no spokesperson and used to not issue any statement since its establishment in June 2011.
Bilal, in return, accused the Sudanese government of using vehicles and helicopters painted white with the logos of UNISFA in south Kordofan and UNAMID in Darfur to transport weapons, ammunition or supplies to its troops.
“This camouflage aims to mislead the fighters of Sudanese Revolutionary Front”, he said adding “this is a very dangerous situation and we urge the UN Security Council to control the use of UN logos in the conflict areas”.
JEM which is established in Darfur since 2003 adopted a national programme proposing to reform regional and national administrations with the redistribution of national wealth in favour of the marginalized regions.
The group recently moved important number of its troops to South Kordofan where the SPLM-N fights the Sudanese army since June 2011.
The two movements together with two main SLM factions say they want to topple the regime militarily, but also demand a comprehensive peace process leading to regime change in Sudan.
Article source: http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article47513