18 October 2017

Sudan: ♦ This Week's News in Brief ♦

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Dabanga Sudan — A compact weekly digest of Dabanga Sudan's highlights of the news from Darfur and Sudan

♦ 12,500 RSF militiamen to force arms collection in North Darfur

October 16 - 2017 EL FASHER A new contingent of 2,500 members of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia has arrived in the North Darfur capital of El Fasher to assist with the forced collection of weapons and vehicle control. The new contingent reinforces the 10,000 RSF soldiers who were deployed to the state last week.

The commissioner in El Fasher said that this force will be entrusted with inspections and raids which will be organised throughout the city and the countryside in the coming days according to the directives of the State Security Committee. The deadline for people to voluntarily hand in their weapons ends on Thursday.

Yesterday the governors of South and East Darfur said that the forced collection of weapons has resulted in the seizure of a number of heavy weapons from civilians and militiamen, including machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

In August, the Sudanese government launched a large-scale campaign to disarm civilians and collect illegal weapons and vehicles in Darfur and states of Kordofan, in its attempt to improve the security and stability in these regions. The campaign, which has entered the stage of the compulsory collection of weapons by the Sudanese military and security forces, finds support from the United States. However the compulsory arms collection is feared to lead to new conflict and internal fighting between militias in Darfur.

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♦ 'Two refugees killed in human traffickers' gunfight': Police

October 13 - 2017 KASSALA Two Eritrean refugees were killed in Kassala in eastern Sudan, in a gunfight between human traffickers and a joint state security force last week. The incident occurred in southern El Sawaqi area on 11 October. The head of police in Kassala, Maj. Gen. Yahya El Hadi Suleiman, said at a news conference that the security force released 20 of the hostages who were being held by an armed gang of human traffickers at El Sawaqi "for weeks". One of the gang members was wounded and has been transferred to the hospital in Kassala, the police chief reported.

The attorney-general in Kassala has instructed the prosecution in Kassala to quickly address and scrutinise investigations and interrogations into cases of human trafficking on Thursday. The United Popular Front for Liberation and Justice has accused the Sudanese parliament of refraining from authorising deterrent laws that combat the crime of smuggling and human trafficking. "Instead the government is returning the abductees to their country, which contravenes the international laws of refugees."

The opposition group referred to the deportations of more than 100 Eritreans, from their detention in Sudan back to Eritrea in August and September. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) then said that "the forcible return of refugees to their country of origin is a serious violation of international refugee law". The US State Department has again included the name of the Sudan in its 'Tier 3', the list of countries the US accuses of being reluctant to combat human trafficking within its borders, on 30 September.

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Early grazing: Three farmers attacked in West Darfur

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110,000 South Sudanese refugees in East Darfur - number expected to grow

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New York groping debacle 'serious blow to Sudanese diplomacy'

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Outcry as Sudan newspaper confiscated

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Minawi elected to replace Ibrahim as head of Sudan's Revolutionary Front

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Sudan security stops second politician at airport this week

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Two refugees killed in attack on human traffickers: eastern Sudan police

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West Kordofan students set deadline for identification of those responsible for campus violence

October 11 - 2017 EN NAHUD The students of the University of West Kordofan in En Nahud have set a deadline until the end of next Thursday for the university administration to identify those responsible for the shooting that wounded 18...

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