Archive for December 5, 2011

SPLM-N: GoS Offensive Today Requires Serious and Urgent Action

Posted: December 5, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Press Statement
The National Congress Party uses of the Iranian Rocket missiles (Chihab) against civilians.
The National Congress Party (NCP) launched poisonous Iranian-made rockets (Chihab) from a launching pad in the town of Kadugli, targeting the towns of Kauda and Alburam and surrounding villages, which caused death and injuries among civilians while in sanctuary of their homes, and caused a lot panic among them.1 – on 4/12/2011 at nine o’clock in the evening, three rockets missiles were launched into Kauda causing the injury of five civilians.2 – on 5/12/2011 at 12 noon, two rocket missiles were launched against Krendy village and caused the death of two civilian and injured another two other.

3 – on 5/12/2011 at four pm, two rocket missiles were launched into the town of Alburam and no injury or death reported.

The SPLMN is not surprised by either the existence and use of the Iranian poisonous rocket missiles (Chehab), or by the presence of Iranian military technical expertise, which is attributed to the close cooperation between the Iranian Regime and the Government of the NCP in Sudan. This is evident by the last State visit by the Iranian President to the Sudan, after the fall of the Libyan regime, and the use of Iranian military experts in supervising and training the NCP security units on how to use and deal with internationally prohibited weapons which was recently smuggled into the Sudanfrom Iran and from Libya with the help of the Iranians.

The NCP use of various types of lethal weapons, including poisonous ones, either through the air force or heavy artillery against the civilians, confirms beyond doubts, the desire and determination of the NCP to affect it genocide drive. The SPLMN medical units are providing

advice and guidance to the civilian population on the necessary protection methods against the Iranian lethal weapons.The International Community need to break its long silence regarding the crimes committed by Omar al-Bashir and Ahmed Haroun, who are wanted by International Justice, against the Sudanese people and in particular the people of the State of Southern Kordofan / Nuba Mountains . It seems that the NCP government is not satisfied only with denying access to food and medicine to the displaced, but also deliberately launched a campaign of terror and killing of civilians according to its systematic strategy of genocide.

The march of the NCP troops and Militias towards the town Jau in the Republic of Southern Sudan, were in fact targeting the Yida Refugee Camp which is in close proximity to the Jau town. The SPLMN renew its call for the International Community to break its long silence and force the NCP and its leaders to accept opening humanitarian assistance corridors and to hold off its aggression and aerial and artillery bombardment against civilians. The SPLMN would like to remind the International Community that it is the second time and again, in less than twenty years, that the NCP government is committing war crimes against civilians in South Kordofan / Nuba Mountain.

Arnu Ngtullu Loddi
Spokesperson of SPLMN
Date: 5/12/2011
Statement of the Spokesperson on the  militias of the  National Congress Party summer offensive in the state of South Kordofan

The summer offensive of the forces and the militias of the National Congress party (NCP) in the State of South Kordofan have started in four different fronts and all were blocked and/or destroyed by the SPLA North.
1 / The front of Talodi – Aldar. Started on 30/11/2011 and has been destroyed and the NCP militias and forces were dispersed.
2 / The front of Eleirey – Troge. Started on 2/12/2011, the NCP militias and forces are completely surrounded and not able to evacuate their own injured and they are under ongoing intensive attacks.
3 / The front of  Khersana – Jao . Began on 3/12/2011. One tank and 2 loaded Land Cruisers that belong to the NCP Forces have been destroyed . Their forces incurred a large number of dead and wounded and their morale is very low under the persisitent pressure of the SPLA North who maintains high morale.
4 / The front of Alhamra – Abuhasheim . Started on 4/12/2011 and the battle is continuing.
The Forces and the militias of the NCP, backed by a relentless aerial bombardment, which targeted civilians’ sites, are resulting in a large numbers of displaced citizens. The most alarming element of these NCP military operations is its timing which marked the end of the rainy season when most of the water natural reservoirs are dried and food is scant, a fact that put the lives of thousands at risk.
The indiscriminate aerial bombardment of the civilians and its timing is obviously a deliberate strategy intended to destroy the morale of the SPLM fighters who came from the same civilian population as well as it is part of the NCP scorched earth policy repeatedly espoused for years. The Governor Ahmed Haroun was not chosen for his current position as the Governor of South Kordofan State haphazardly, but was picked for his experience and history of implementing the same strategies and the committing same crimes in Darfur. Ahmed Haroun is not discharging his duties as a governor by supervising the constitutional and political organs of the State; instead, he is charged to command the military and security apparatus and was seen on Sudan TV (NCP TV) in a military uniform overseeing the military operations targeting the civilian population of the State in its name he governs.
The NCP Air Force and the militias are committing wide range of war crimes in South Kordofan. The SPLMN is not concerned with the summer offensive since it possesses the ability and the capability to repulse it as it has destroyed previous military dispatches before. What concern the SPLMN are the atrocious war crimes against the civilian population and that raises the following:
First, the urgent necessity to deliver food and other humanitarian assistance, including medicine, for the tens of thousands displaced citizens and it is needless to mention, these are the most populated areas in the State of South Kordofan.
Second, the protection of civilians; what is happening now in South Kordofan is certainly worse than what has happened in Libya and other areas that prompted the international community to move to protect the civilians.

The SPLMN demands an independent investigation into the war crimes taking place in the State of South Kordofan. Silence and impunity encourages war criminals, such as Ahmed Haroun, to commit more war crimes.

Arnu Ngtullu Loddi
Spokesperson – SPLMN

An appeal from the SPLM-N Secretary General to the friends of Sudan, South Kordofan and the Nuba people
Since last week, December 1, 2011, the National Congress Government in Sudan has started a wider summer offensive (the dry season offensive against the Nuba peoples of South Kordofan and indeed it is an offensive against the entire Sudanese people and humanity). The offensive did not target the Sudan People’s Liberation Army positions only. It is targeting indiscriminately the civilian populations in rural towns and villages, which are war crimes, and it is part of a systematic genocide for the following reasons:
1) The dry season offensive came after five months since the war started last June in which the National Congress Government in Sudan deliberately used food and humanitarian assistance as a weapon by denying access for humanitarian assistance for civilian populations. More than 200,000 from the Nuba civilian populations were displaced through aerial bombardment, which resulted in many casualties among women, children and other civilians who were killed or wounded and displaced. Thousands of them are refugees in Yida refugee camp in South Sudan, which has been bombarded by the Sudan Air Force inside the Republic of South Sudan.
2) In the present offensive, new armament and equipment were used for the first time including long range Iranian artillery [Shaab] and other weapons that were brought from Libya after the fall of Gaddafi, and all was under the technical supervision of an Iranian expert team.
3) Throughout the last five months and more extensively in this offensive, South Kordofan / Nuba Mountains witnessed heavy aerial bombardment that targeted civilian populations and civilian installations (water places, etc.)
4) In the areas controlled by the National Congress Government, the SPLM members and the Nuba peoples have been targeted on the basis of political affiliation, ethnicity, and religion. Mass graves were found and admitted to by the National Congress authorities. Ahmed Haroun explained that he buried the victims in mass graves out of “mercy and concern”. A lot of this information has been reported by human rights organizations and to the United Nations forums and organizations. Until now, it has never been investigated by the United Nations and the international bodies concerned. If all of the above does not constitute a war crime, what then would constitute a war crime?
The Nuba people are experiencing a second genocide by the National Congress in the last two decades. The first was that which ended with the signing of the CPA in 2005. The second started last June. Ironically both of them are under the direct involvement of General Omar al-Bashir and Ahmed Haroun. Given the world’s silence about both genocides, the SPLM-N leadership appeals to its members, Sudan Revolutionary Front members, the Sudanese people, the friends of Sudan and humanity at large to use all forms of protest to reach out to governments and international organizations to stop genocide against the Nuba people; to open the corridors for humanitarian assistance to Blue Nile and South Kordofan; and to form an international independent committee to investigate war crimes and to end impunity.
Once the world said and was repeated by all of us, “never again” after Rwanda. What is taking place in South Kordofan is indeed another Rwanda that will be a stigma on the conscious of humanity in the 3rd millennium.
Yasir Arman
SPLM-N, Secretary General

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VP Machar, Malok, Rebecca Nyandeng Clash Over Bor Atrocities

Posted: December 5, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Mahou Chadhal Mahou

4 December 2011

Juba — The Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny officially re-apologized to Bor Community over 1991 atrocities between Nuer and Dinka Bor. He revealed this yesterday in the national celebration of independence of South Sudan organized by Greater Bahr el Ghazal Community Leadership Council at Nyakuron Cultural Centre in Juba.

“I would like to apologize for the killings of Bor people by those soldiers who were loyal to me and this was a failure to the respect of human rights,” Teny admitted. He added, “The split should not be taken as a taboo; I did not make a mistake as Elijah claimed.”

He also explained the root causes of the split which he said had three reasons one: self-determination of the people of South Sudan, two: democracy within the SPLA leadership and three: respect of human rights.

Teny added that he was the leader of the split of 1991 as he remarked, “Dr. Lam Akol should not carry the cross of the split because he was not the leader but it was I in which I may be a coward if deny being the leader but I am not.”

He appealed for the formation of the truth and reconciliations commission to ensure unity, which is our national primary responsibility in the country. This should not be done to the politicians only but to our army and police and this could be achieved through law.

In the same development, former Governor of the Bank of Southern Sudan Elijah Malok Alueng thanked the people of Greater Bahr el Ghazal and Equatoria region for having greatly defended the movement after Nasir factions of 1991 among the people of Upper Nile region.

He acknowledged that without the people of Bahr el Ghazal the movement would have collapsed and this is how history could be made at the darkest hours.

Alueng appreciated President Kiir that since he took power at New Site, President Kiir never looked back until he attained independence. He called Kiir as a true nationalist. He also added that Dr. Riek Machar Teny apologized during memorial ceremony of Late Dr. John Garang this year for having committed atrocities in Bor.

He posed a question that goes, “If Upper Nile has sensitive positions in the government such as Vice President, Defense, National Security, and Secretary General of SPLM and others why should the region be engaged in unnecessary rebellious? He further asked the Vice President to take a lead in order to overcome such insurgencies.

Meanwhile Nyadeng De Mabior also appealed to the people of South Sudan that they are good at forgetting the past and future, but remembering where they are now.

She urged the people of greater Bahr el Ghazal to advise President Kiir correctly so that he could lead us properly. Nyadeng also asked Vice President Riek should also apologize to the people of Equatoria and Bahr El Ghazal for the consequences of the 1991 split and not only to the people of Bor.

Chinese Security Dog Bits SPLA Spokesperson Col. Philip Aguer Panyang

Posted: December 5, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Dhieu Williams

Juba — Chinese Beijing Hotel security dog Saturday night bit the SPLA spokesperson Col. Philip Aguer Panyang while visiting his friend in the premises. Following the incident the hotel manager was thrown into custody for indirect crime committed by his dog.

The police spokesperson Major Gen Biar Mading confirmed to the Citizen that the chain freed Chinese security dog had bitten the official at the hotel premises.”It happened yesterday night that a dog belonging to Beijing Hotel one of the citizens,” he said referring to the SPLA spokesperson.According to him, after the dog bit the citizen the police personnel were immediately called to arrest the owner of the dog who was the hotel manager.”Medication was carried out at the hospital for the bitten citizen who had opened a case against the owner,” he said.

Mading further said that the office manager of the hotel is now under arrest in the police north division cell with a case opened against him.He however added that opening a case against hotel manager means legal procedures that are governed by laws have to be taken against the dog owner. Police spokesperson declined to comment on the incident but urged that the legal procedures should take its course on the accused.The SPLA spokesperson couldn’t be reached yesterday after numerous trials over phone to comment on what happened and the condition of his health.

Profile: Sudan President’s Omar al-Bashir

Posted: December 5, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in World

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s career has been defined by war. He came to power in a coup in 1989 and has ruled what was until this year Africa’s largest country with an iron fist ever since.

President Omar al-BashirOmar al-Bashir led the army before seizing power

When he seized power, Sudan was in the midst of a 21-year civil war between north and south.

Although his government signed a deal to end that conflict in 2005, another one was breaking out at the same time – in the western region of Darfur, where President Bashir is accused of organising war crimes and crimes against humanity.

“He’s a man for whom dignity and pride are very important and he’s a man who’s quite hot-headed – prone to angry outbursts, especially when he feels his pride has been wounded,” Sudan analyst Alex de Waal told the BBC News website.

Despite the international arrest warrant, he was re-elected as president in April 2010.

Before taking the helm, he was a commander in the army – responsible for leading operations in the south against the late rebel leader John Garang.

When he signed the peace deal with Garang and his Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, he took pains to stress the deal had not been a defeat.

“We did not sign it after we had been broken. We signed it while we were at the peak of our victories,” he said.

Accusations against Omar al-Bashir


  • Killing members of the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa ethnic groups
  • Causing these groups serious bodily or mental harm
  • Inflicting conditions of life calculated to bring about these groups’ physical destruction

Crimes against humanity

  • Murder
  • Extermination
  • Forcible transfer
  • Rape
  • Torture

War crimes

  • Attacks on civilians in Darfur
  • Pillaging towns and villages

His goal was always to keep a unified Sudan, but a referendum on secession for South Sudan was agreed as part of the peace deal.

In the January 2011 referendum, some 99% of South Sudanese voters approved were in favour of separation. The independent state of South Sudan was declared six months later.

While he agreed to let South Sudan go, his attitude to Darfur, where a conflict has raged since 2003 when rebels took up arms at alleged government discrimination, has been characterised by belligerence.

But he denies international accusations that he has backed Arab Janjaweed militias accused of war crimes against the region’s black African communities.

For years, Mr Bashir resisted the deployment of UN peacekeepers to Darfur and any criticism from the West tends to make him and his allies dig in their heels.

“We are telling those people who are saying that they want to put pressure on the Khartoum government that we will remain firm and never bow to anyone except the Almighty God,” he told cheering crowds in 2004.

Stick waving

It is at these rallies, often dressed in his military uniform, that Mr Bashir seems in his element – waving his walking stick in the air.

He is more shy when it comes to the media and rarely gives one-to-one interviews.

Correspondents say this may be because he is not very articulate, unlike his former enemy Garang, who died not long after becoming national vice-president.

Hassan al-Turabi

“He’s a military person who has been in power for a while and he wants to assert military power”

Hassan al-TurabiIslamist leader

But this means, says Mr de Waal, that the president is often underestimated.

“He is smarter than he appears. He’s somebody who apparently has a huge grasp of detail, but he’s very conscious of the fact that he’s not highly educated,” Mr de Waal says.

He is said to enjoy a better relationship with Garang’s successor, Salva Kiir, precisely because the two men are career soldiers – ill at ease with clever, well-spoken politicians.

Born in 1944 into a farming family, Mr Bashir joined the army as a young man and rose through the ranks. He fought in the Egyptian army in the 1973 war against Israel.

As head of state, his game has largely remained soldiering – the political lead being taken by two other figures.

The first in the 1990s was Hassan al-Turabi, a prominent Sunni Muslim who advocates an Islamic state and ushered in a bill introducing Sharia to all provinces but the south.

After they fell out in 2000, Mr Turabi told the BBC: “He’s a military person who has been in power for a while and he wants to assert military power.”

Then Osman Ali Taha, who negotiated the north-south deal and is now first vice-president, came to the fore. But his influence has since waned and the president has taken centre stage.

“Bashir has emerged as exercising more power himself. There’s no one figure that overshadows him,” says Mr de Waal.

His longevity in office, he adds, is probably down to the fact that powerful rivals in the ruling National Congress Party distrust each other more than they do Mr Bashir.

Oil money flows – and leaves

Little is known about the Sudanese leader’s private life. He has no children and when in his 50s took a second wife.

“The Darfur problem is just traditional conflict over resources”

Omar al-BashirPresident of Sudan

He married the widow of Ibrahim Shams al-Din, considered a war hero in the north – as an example to others, he said.

The long civil war had seen many colleagues fall, and he implored others to marry again so war widows could be taken care of.

Mr Bashir has presided over a flourishing economy. When he became president, it was punishable by death to be found in possession of US dollars.

For a while, there were pockets full of dollars as the oil flowed, controls were lifted and the telecommunications system revolutionised.

But the South took three-quarters of the country’s oil with it and belts are now being tightened in Khartoum.

Mr Bashir denies accusations that access to government funds and oil money was an underlying cause of the unrest in Darfur.

“In reality, the gist of the Darfur problem is just traditional conflict over resources, which has been coated with claims of marginalisation,” he has said.

He was angered and humiliated in May 2008 when Darfur rebels nearly entered Khartoum, his fortress capital.


Many feared the International Criminal Court’s indictment against him in March 2009 on five counts of crimes against humanity and two of war crimes would provoke Mr Bashir into flexing his muscles.

But in February 2010 he signed a ceasefire with the Jem rebels who attacked Omdurman, just across the River Nile from Khartoum.

However, Jem abandoned peace talks soon after, accusing Khartoum’s forces of launching new raids in Darfur.

Mr Bashir had said Sudan would not stand in the way of South Sudan’s independence, but tension has been rising since the region went its separate way.

Both countries have accused each other of causing violent clashes around the new border.

But while the rest of the region has been experiencing the tumultuous events of the Arab spring, Mr Bashir has faced little political unrest.

“Those who are waiting for the Arab Spring to come [to Sudan] will be waiting for a while,” local media quoted him as telling a meeting of his National Congress Party in November.

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Los Angeles Times
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Council of Ministers Set to Discuss Oil Difficulties

Posted: December 5, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

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