Title: Sudan’s Defense Minister will brief the parliament on the security situations in the country
Author: SudaneseOnline News
Date: 11-10-2014, 01:13 PM
Khartoum-SudaneseOnline-Sudan’s Minister of Defense Lt. Gen. Engineer Abdel Rahim Mohamed Hussein will deliver a report before the National Assembly today Monday on the security situation in the country.
Sources disclosed that the report will discuss the wars and conflicts that hit many parts of the country, including the states of Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.
Sudan is pushing for a vote to end the Independent Expert’s mission monitoring rights abuses in the country. But several delegations to the conference, including the United States and the European Union, are pushing back, calling for a broader, more powerful mandate.
Missing from the report is the fact that the Independent Expert, and all other national or international observers, has been unable to visit rebel-held areas, and zones of conflict. This had made it almost impossible to report on the human rights issues in the most violent parts of the country where Khartoum’s army has waged a scorched-earth-style war against civilians the government sees as rebel sympathizers.
Nuba Reports, based in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan’s South Kordofan state, has verified 1,929 bombs dropped by the Sudan Armed Forces since April 2012. Of those, 756 were dropped since September 2013. Many more have been used in military battles, but all of the confirmed bombings have hit in civilian areas, killing and maiming hundreds. In Darfur, 320,000 people have fled their homes since May as the government-sponsored Rapid Support Force tore through the countryside.
According to the report, the government of Sudan technically granted the monitors access to the war-torn Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile states. But the access was extremely limited and the lack of similar findings in the report prompted calls for Sudan to provide monitors with more freedom to move around the country.