UN Security Council welcomes extension of mandate to AUHIP

(SUNA) The United Nations’ Security Council has issued a statement in which it welcomed the extension of the mandate to the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) on mediation between Sudan and South Sudan led by the former South Africa’s President Thabo Mbeki.  The Council welcomed in its statement the formation of the technical team to complete the demarcation of the boundary of the demilitarized zone, praising the commitment of the governments of Sudan and Southern Sudan to what would be reached by the technical team consisting of the two parties.  The statement urged the government of Sudan to halt any action hindering flow of South Sudan’s oil through its territories and to allow the two mechanisms ( the technical team on demarcation of the boundary of the demilitarized zone and the mechanism on verification of rebel support issue) to complete their tasks.

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Misseriya threaten to wage war against South Sudan

(Sudan Tribune) South Kordofan’s Misseriya tribe threatened to wage war on the Republic of South Sudan if the latter is embarked in organising a referendum in Abyei next October without their participation.  The move comes after the publication of a report in Al-Intibaha daily newspaper, saying Juba has unilaterally started preparations to hold a vote to determine the fate of the disputed region and granted officials and employees from the Dinka Ngok working in the different administrations open holidays from the first of next September.  Misseriya paramount chief Mukhtar Babu Nimir on Saturday criticised the silence of the Sudanese government over the alleged measures taken by Juba government to hold the referendum, adding they are prepared for all eventualities including going to war.  The influential tribal leader further asserted their readiness to move to Abyei to prevent the conduct of the process, saying they have all the necessary weapons to confront the South Sudanese army.

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Security arrests two after human rights workshop

(Radio Dabanga) Elements of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) have reportedly arrested two men “directly after their participation in a human rights workshop in Khartoum on Wednesday,” sources affirm.  The Darfuri men Mohamed Yahiya Ibrahim Muhajir and Mohamed Dawood Suleiman Abbakar were taken to an unknown location.  Activists, civil society, and human rights defenders say the arrest of the two men is “a continuation of the process of systematic racial discrimination of the Khartoum regime and arbitrary arrests by the NISS of activists and human rights advocates.”

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South Sudan president names James Wani Igga as deputy

(AFP) South Sudan President Salva Kiir named veteran ex-rebel commander James Wani Igga to be his deputy Friday, succeeding the controversial former vice-president Riek Machar, state radio said.   Igga, Speaker of South Sudan’s Legislative Assembly since 2005, appears a choice to balance ethnic diversity among leaders of the young nation and to shore up support ahead of elections due in 2015.  Deputy chairman of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), Igga comes from the Bari tribe, whose homeland surrounds the capital Juba.

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Faisal Salih Wins Peter Mackler Award for Courageous Journalism

(Sudan Tribune, All Africa)  Well-known Sudanese reporter Faisal Mohammed Salih, who was jailed for speaking out against human rights abuses committed by the Khartoum government, has been named the 2013 winner of the Peter Mackler Award.  Global Media Forum and the US branch of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) made the announcement on Thursday.  Salih is an experienced journalist and columnist for various Sudanese publications. He is also director of programs at Teeba Press, a non-government organisation that trains journalists in Sudan. He was the former editor-in-chief of Al-Adwaa daily and a columnist for several other publications.  Salih has been a strident critic of Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir and his regime’s human rights abuses.

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