Sudan News Round-Up: Security situation in Darfur 08 June 2010 - Commissioner bans shisha in Rumbek Central
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SHISHA BANNED IN RUMBEK TOWN, SOUTHERN SUDAN
Photo source: Sudan Tribune report "Shisha banned in Rumbek Town" published online Monday, 07 June 2010. Note this copy of a comment posted at the report:
"That is an excellent authoritative job Rumbek commissioner. When i talk to relatives and friends who smoke shisha, they turn against and isolate me. Please i wish you talk to your counterpart commissioners in other counties to follow suite in the ban. This is Arab cigarrettes/drugs which originated from the Middle East and then Egypt, now Sudan and finally Uganda. When i went to Uganda, i was supprise to find people bussy smoking shisha. MAUMAU"- - -
DARFUR/UNAMID DAILY MEDIA BRIEF - Tuesday, 08 June 2010
From United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)
El Fasher (Darfur), western Sudan, Wednesday, 09 June 2010/via APO:
Security situation in Darfur
No significant incidents have been reported over the past 24 hours.
UNAMID is currently planning a mission to the Um Kadada region of North Darfur to verify reports of an ambush of a Sudanese military convoy by Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) forces.
AU-UN JSR, Mediator meet with civil society organizations
UNAMID Joint Special Representative (JSR) Ibrahim Gambari and AU-UN Joint Chief Mediator (JCM) for Darfur Djibril Bassolé today arrived in Nyala, South Darfur, to meet with over 60 representatives from Darfur’s civil society organizations (CSOs).
Mr. Bassolé briefed the attendees on the most recent developments in the Doha negotiations, and emphasized the importance of their participation in future peace talks. He also asked that the CSOs push for the JEM to return to the negotiating table.
According to JSR Gambari, UNAMID and the Office of the JCM will again meet with the civil society organizations in two week’s time, ahead of the resumption of the Doha talks.
UNAMID, Darfur police continue combating violence against women
Yesterday marked the beginning of a ten-day workshop held in El Fasher, North Darfur, by UNAMID’s Human Rights component to increase the capacity of police officers in investigating violent crimes against women. The event was organized with support from the Swiss Government’s Fund Project to implement recommendations by the UN Group of Experts on Darfur.
The opening ceremony was attended by Dr. Hawa Suleiman, Chair of the State Committee on Combating Violence against Women, and recently elected State Minister of Agriculture, as well as the Director of the State Police’s Family and Child unit.
Twenty-five police investigators and commissioned officers from all three Darfur states are attending the course, including seven female officers from North Darfur. There are currently no women in the West and South Darfur state police forces, a fact which the Mission hopes will soon be addressed.
The participants will be trained on national and international standards in investigating crimes against women, including procedures for interviewing suspects and victims, and Sudanese laws on domestic violence, gender-based violence and human trafficking.
This workshop is part of UNAMID’s ongoing efforts to reach out to the women of the region, who have been most affected by the conflict. The Mission has also launched awareness-raising campaigns among local leaders in towns and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps and is increasing its female police advisors.
UNAMID military forces conducted 105 patrols including routine, short-range, long-range, night, and humanitarian escort patrols, covering 95 villages and IDP camps during the reporting period.
UNAMID police advisors conducted 125 patrols in villages and IDP camps.
SUDAN NEWS FROM USAID
Sudan: Complex Emergency Situation Report #8 (FY 2010)
Report by United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Tuesday, 08 June 2010:
In 2010, Sudan continues to cope with the effects of conflict, displacement, and insecurity. Since 2003, a complex emergency in Sudan's western region of Darfur has affected more than 4.7 million people, including nearly 2.7 million internally displaced persons (IDPs). Periodic conflict continues in Darfur among armed opposition factions, the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), militias, and ethnic groups.
Despite reports of isolated incidents of violence, the boycott of major opposition parties, and voting irregularities, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir won the first multi-party presidential election in more than 24 years and was sworn in to another five-year term on May 27, according to international media sources. The National Congress Party and the southern-based Sudan People's Liberation Movement continue to implement the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement through the Government of National Unity (GNU). The formation of the GNU officially ended more than two decades of north–south conflict. During the conflict, famine, fighting, and disease killed more than 2 million people, forced an estimated 500,000 Sudanese to seek refuge in neighboring countries, and displaced an additional 4 million individuals within Sudan. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that since 2005, approximately 2 million people have returned to Southern Sudan and the Three Areas of Southern Kordofan, Blue Nile, and Abyei, straining scarce resources and weak infrastructure.
In eastern Sudan, the GNU and the Eastern Front opposition coalition signed the Eastern Sudan Peace Agreement in 2006. However, humanitarian needs persist in the area, which has experienced slow recovery following decades of conflict. Humanitarian access to the east remains limited due to Sudanese government-imposed travel restrictions.
On October 1, 2009, U.S. Chargé d'Affaires, a.i., Mark L. Asquino renewed the disaster declaration for the complex emergency in Sudan for FY 2010. The U.S. Mission in Sudan has declared disasters due to the complex emergency annually since 1987. USAID continues to work with other U.S. Government (USG) agencies, the U.N., and humanitarian agencies to closely monitor the humanitarian situation during the post-election period and in advance of the January 2011 referenda and popular consultations.
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The 8th National Conference of the Sudanese Women's General Union launched in Khartoum on Tuesday under the theme: "National Unity with Women's Will." In his opening address, President of Sudan, Omar Al Bashir, expressed his government's commitment in safeguarding the constitutional rights of women.