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Sudan: Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change – Statement (14.05.2019)

Yesterday’s press conference by the Transitional Military Council (TMC) was but a continuation of the misinformation campaign we have been watching in all their press conferences post the 29th of Ramadan massacre. Once again, the TMC demonstrates the same shortsighted approach of the defunct regime in adopting violence as the only answer to political problems.

The explicit and implicit threats voiced by the TMC’s spokespersons at the press conference cannot undermine the unity of the DFC Forces. They are only a clear indication of an ill-sighted approach in dealing with a crisis of their own making. TMC’s admission to ordering the brutal crackdown on protesters at the army HQ sit-in makes them the first defendant in this heinous crime.

The press conference was littered with misleading and false statements. Here are some examples:

The proposal of shifting the venue of negotiations to Addis Ababa was actually an initiative of the Ethiopian Prime Minister, communicated to us on Wednesday June 12. We instantly opposed that proposal, making it clear that we wanted the negotiation process to remain at home. Accordingly, the Ethiopian Embassy withdrew that proposal on the same day. Now TMC is alleging that it was FDFC who asked for taking the negotiations to Ethiopia.

The 3rd of June massacre at the army headquarters sit-in was a well-documented crime that all the Sudanese people and the entire world watched. The Sudanese Doctors Syndicate and the Doctors Central Committee have a detailed list of the victims and the cause of death-and more reports are still unfolding. This sacred Sudanese blood is too precious to be tainted with lies, disinformation, and political games. TMC’s statement at the press conference contradicts even with previous testimonies by the same Council. This is a crime against the Sudanesepeople and it is imperative that we have an independent inquiry and that perpetrators are brought to justice. We condemn TMC’s miserable attempts to downplay the magnitude of this massacre.

Accusing the DFC Forces of plotting a military coup is tantamount to covering the sun with a finger. For those forces have remained faithful for six consecutive months to their commitment to peaceful means.

TMC alluded at some rifts within the ranks of the FDFC, in an attempt to seed discord amongst its factions by making positive remarks about the Umma and the Sudanese Congress Parties while airing negative ones about the Communist Party. These attempts will not succeed. The FDFC have never been more united in their demands for a civilian-led government in the transitional period.

By setting a time for resumption of negotiations on transfer of power, without addressing the clearly defined prerequisites, the TMC is only trying to give the false impression that FDFC are not serious in reaching an agreement and preventing bloodshed.

TMC has clearly admitted now that it has control over the militias, shadow brigades and other criminals who perpetrated the massacre, although it had claimed in the past that the only reason for them to stay in power was to offset the threat of those elements. It is now evidently clear that their true mission is rather to thwart the dreams and aspirations of our popular revolution. All those are maneuvers by TMC to disown their previous commitments as a prelude to announcing its own government in alliance with the defunct regime.

 

We in the DFC Forces will continue our unswerving struggle with our people until justice, freedom, and peace reign in our country.

 

Forces of DFC

14 June 2019

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Communique Conjoint entre la Republique Unie de Tanzanie et la Republique Democratique du Congo ibbu de la visite d’etate Son Excellence Felix Antonie Tshisekedi Tshilombo, President de la Republique Democratique du Congo en Republique Unie de Tanzanie du 13 au 14 Juin 2019 (14.06.2019)

Rwanda: Public Notice – Reminder to strengthen measures to prevent the spread of Ebola into Rwanda (11.06.2019)

Sudan: 30 civil society organisations call for urgent UN Security Council action to prevent further bloodshed in Sudan (11.06.2019)

Sudanese Professionals Association: Cautionary Statement (08.06.2019)

We have received several reports about the continued campaign of the Military Coup Council in arresting political activists and protesters. The militias of ‘the security committee’ of the old regime, RSF and Janjaweed brigades have detained a number of political leaders and threatened them with assassination, in addition to the forced disappearance of a large number of revolutionaries whose fate remains unknown. This violent campaign of the criminal militias has also reached a number of employees of banks, electricity companies, airports, civil aviation, and other vital sectors with pursuits, arrests, and threats, in an attempt to break the planned civil disobedience and the general political strike through which all sectors of the Sudanese people have come together to overthrow the Military Coup Council and transfer power to a civil transitional authority in accordance with the Declaration of Freedom and Change (DFC).

In continuation of the methods of intimidation, terrorism, and spreading disinformation, it has come to our knowledge that filthy schemes are being planned by the Military Coup Council to stage violent incidents and attacks on citizens’ properties, in order to attribute it to the revolutionaries and to the DFC forces. It is a sick and desperate attempt to shake the unity of the Sudanese people and their unwavering commitment to tools of nonviolent resistance that are ultimately manifested in the complete civil disobedience and the general political strike.

In the face of these catastrophic and repressive developments, we call upon the workers in all institutions and facilities, in the public and private sectors, to engage and strictly adhere to the tools of civil disobedience and the general political strike, to cherish the blood of the martyrs and protect the lives of their colleagues and with loyalty and respect for their continued struggle. We also appeal to all regional and international institutions, especially those related to banks and financial and economic transactions, not to deal with the oppressive authority that is occupying the country, to demand a stop to the bloodshed and assassinations faced by political leaders and activists, while fully holding the coup council and its militias responsible for any attack or arrest.

Finally, we salute the commitment and dedication of the revolutionary people of Sudan, and we affirm that we are anticipating all possibilities and are working to combat them for as long as it takes, until the dawn of salvation, and we are sure it is nigh.

We call on all activists, neighbourhood resistance committees, and strike committees to raise the level of readiness and order among them, take all precautions and be prepared to face these campaigns with the necessary peacefulness, awareness, and caution.

Sudanese Professionals’ Association
8 June 2019

RDC: Association des Jeunes Professionnels de l’UDPS – Declaration Politique (09.06.2019)

Sudanese Professionals Association: A Call to our Sudanese People in the Diaspora (08.06.2019)

As a continuation of your various and strong roles in supporting the revolution, and in concurrence with the civil disobedience, we ask you to boycott all embassies and Military Council representation posts outside Sudan, and to avoid any dealings that could provide funds to the Coup Council.

We also request that you do not transfer any money through banks or any establishment that could go to the funds of the regime.

We stand united, firm, and strong, inside and outside Sudan, until all our demands are met, and our civil disobedience is successful.

SPA Media Team
8th of June, 2019

Statement of the Chairperson on Sudan following visit by IGAD Chair (08.06.2019)

8 June 2019, Addis Abeba: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat welcomes the visit to Khartoum by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister and current Chairman of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD),Dr Abiy Ahmed, and the constructive meetings he held with the parties in the crisis in Sudan on Friday, 8 June 2019.

The Chairperson further wishes to express his deep appreciation for the close collaboration between IGAD and the AU Special Envoy Prof Mohamed El Hacen Lebatt and the Special Representative for Sudan Ambassador Mohamed Belaiche for their joint efforts in bringing parties to urgently resume negotiations.

In this regard, the Chairperson notes with satisfaction that the cooperation between IGAD and the AUC is firmly in line with the AU Peace and Security Council decision of 6 June 2019, and further reinforces the AU-led facilitation process to ensure that Africa continues to speak with one voice in its efforts to support the Sudanese people resolve the crisis in Sudan.

The Chairperson encourages the parties to undertake all the necessary political and security measures required to pave the way for a rapid resumption of negotiations to achieve a consensual agreement for transition towards civilian-led rule.

The Chairperson further stresses the need for all foreign actors to refrain from interference, and support the African Union efforts to support a Sudanese-led and and owned process that respects the will and aspirations of the people of Sudan, the region and the Continent.

Sudanese Professionals Association – Statement: No Talks before Criminals are Brought to Account (07.06.2019)

The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) today will not go back to the negotiation table with the Transitional Military Council (TMC) until those responsible for last week’s barbaric attacks on demonstrators at the Army HQ are brought to justice.

Following up on our announcement of yesterday, we stand firm in our rejection of any proposed resumption of direct negotiations with the Military Council. While we appreciate the mediation of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, H.E. Abiy Ahmad, we need to emphasize that for such an effort to be successful, the following measures must be immediately met:

*Setup an internationally recognized independent investigation panel, with international panel to probe into the criminal attacks on protesters near the Army HQ in Khartoum and other sit-in camps across the country, as well as all crimes committed since April 11, and bring perpetrators and those who issued the orders to fair trial.

*Put an end to the systematic killing and torturing of peaceful citizens by the Janjaweed militias and withdraw those forces out of cities, towns, and villages.

*Free all political detainees and prisoners of war and put an end to the ongoing arrest campaign against citizens, particularly those working in strategic sectors such as banking, utilities and aviation, as well political activists and revolutionaries.

*Restore public freedoms and cease all violations of the rights of expression and association.

*Lift the ban on the internet service, imposed by the coup junta to cover up for their atrocious crimes in the streets of cities and villages.

*The ultimate aim of any mediation effort should be to facilitate the transfer of power to a transitional civilian authority in line with the Freedom and Change Declaration.

*Our immediate focus now is on ensuring the success of our all-out civil disobedience and open political strike.

SPA

07 June 2019

Meeting of the Chief of Intelligence and Security Services of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania – Communique (06.06.2019)

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