Sudan Death Sentence For Pregnant Woman


The woman’s lawyers plan to appeal against her sentence

And we in the West think we have a hard life!

A pregnant woman has been sentenced to be hanged by a Sudanese court for converting to Christianity. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, who is being held in detention with her 20-month-old son, had been ordered to abandon her faith and return to Islam. She has also been charged with adultery for marrying a Christian man. The death sentence was handed down despite appeals by Western embassies for compassion and respect for religious freedom. At a court in Khartoum, Judge Abbas al Khalifa said: “We gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam. I sentence you to be hanged.” He also sentenced her to 100 lashes for “adultery”. Born to a Muslim father, the woman was convicted under the Islamic sharia law that has been in force in Sudan since 1983, and outlaws conversions under threat of death.


The death sentence was handed down at a court in Khartoum

She is married to a Christian national of South Sudan, which won independence in 2011 after decades of civil war. Earlier in the hearing, an Islamic religious leader spoke with her in the caged dock for about 30 minutes, trying to convince her to change her mind. But she told the judge: “I am a Christian and I never committed apostasy.” Following her sentence, one of her lawyers Mohanad Mustafa said they would seek to overturn the ruling on appeal. About 100 people, including Western embassy representatives, were in court to hear the sentence. The United States, Canada, Britain and the Netherlands have all expressed “deep concern” over her case. Amnesty International said she had been condemned to death for offences that should not be considered crimes at all, and condemned the sentences as “abhorrent”. Manar Idriss, Amnesty International’s Sudan researcher, said: “The fact that a woman has been sentenced to death for her religious choice, and to flogging for being married to a man of an allegedly different religion is appalling and abhorrent. “Adultery and apostasy are acts which should not be considered crimes at all. It is flagrant breach of international human rights law.”

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` South Sudan Rival Leaders Sign a Ceasefire in Next 24 hours to Prevent All Out Genocide ‘

#AceWorldNewsSouth Sudan‘s two rival leaders have signed a ceasefire deal, following international pressure to avert famine and genocide.

President Salva Kiir and rebel chief Riek Machar met face-to-face on Friday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, for the first time since mass violence broke out in December.

After a signing ceremony in the city’s presidential palace, Kiir said: “Now we have come to our senses…dialogue is the only answer to whatever problem we had. We will continue to move in the right direction.”

White House National Security Advisor Susan E Rice welcomed the development. In a statement issued on Friday evening, she said that fighting in South Sudan had “robbed the country of hope and denied its people the peace and prosperity they deserve”.

“We urge President Kiir and Mr. Machar to move swiftly to honor the agreement in word and deed by ending the violence and negotiating in good faith to reach a political agreement that can ensure stability, prosperity and peace for all of South Sudan’s people.”

Joseph Ochieno, a London-based commentator on African affairs, told Al Jazeera: “There is just about a possibility that it [the ceasefire] will work.

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#AceWorldNews SOUTH SUDAN May 08 Warring forces on…

#AceWorldNews – SOUTH SUDAN – May 08 – Warring forces on both sides of South Sudan’s brutal civil war have likely carried out crimes against humanity, the UN said Thursday.

The UN peacekeeping mission in the country also warned in a new report of “countless” gross violations of human rights.

It said the crimes include “extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances, rape, the direct targeting of civilians, often along ethnic lines.”

The report was issued one day before President Salva Kiir and rebel chief Riek Machar are due to meet for direct peace talks in Ethiopia.

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` US Treasury Department Imposes First Sanctions on South Sudan Freezing Assets and Blocking Trade ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – WASHINGTON – The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on two people taking opposing sides in South Sudan’s ethnic violence, signalling Washington’s growing frustration with leaders in the African country.

The violence exploded between supporters of President Salva Kiir and those loyal to his former vice president, Riek Machar last December.

The sanctions were announced against Peter Gadet, an army commander loyal to Machar, and Major-General Marial Chanuong, head of Kiir’s presidential guard. They entail freezing any of their assets in the United States and blocking U.S. individuals or companies from dealing with them.

Thousands of people have been killed and at least one million have fled their homes since clashes erupted in the world’s newest nation, which the U.S. had helped create in 2011.

“We’re using sanctions in a limited way against two individuals … that we think are fairly significant, both of whom have blood on their hands,” a U.S. official told reporters on condition of anonymity, Reuters reported.

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John Kerry says Sudan's President Agrees to Talks in Ethiopia on Forming Transitional Government to End Fighting '

AceWorldNews – JUBA – May 02 – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has agreed to fly to Ethiopia for talks and to consider forming a transitional government to try and end four months of fighting in the world’s newest nation, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday.

Kerry, who met the president in South Sudan’s capital Juba, said he hoped Kiir would be able to hold a face-to-face meeting with rebel leader Riek Machar as early as next week to settle a conflict which has already killed thousands.

The top U.S. diplomat did not spell out what form a transitional government might take, or go into any details of what it might mean for Kiir’s continued leadership of the oil-producing country.

Kerry’s meeting came a day after he warned that the increasingly ethnic violence could descend into genocide and said he expected the rapid deployment of more peacekeepers.

On Friday, he said Kiir had committed in their meeting to “to take forceful steps in order to begin to move to end the violence and implement the cessation of hostilities agreement and to begin to engage on a discussion with respect to a transition government.”

Delegations from both sides have been meeting in neighbour Ethiopia but their discussions have failed to advance since the Jan. 23 signing of a ceasefire that never took hold.

“I just spoke a couple of minutes ago to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia to convey to him President’s Kiir’s willingness to (travel to) Addis Ababa, sometime early next week, hopefully in order to engage in a discussion … with Machar,” Kerry told reporters.

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` UN Human Rights Chief Confirms over 9,000 Children Recruited as Child Soldiers in South Sudan’s War ‘

#AceWorldNews – SOUTH SUDAN – April 30 – Over 9,000 children have been recruited as soldiers in South Sudan’s four-month long civil war by both government and rebel forces, the UN’s human rights chief said on Wednesday.

“Children have also been killed during indiscriminate attacks on civilians by both sides,” AFP quoted UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay as saying.

The list of alarming statistics is long. Here are a few more: UNMISS unquestionably saved thousands of lives, when it opened the gates of several of its compounds to people fleeing deadly attacks.

Some 80,000 people are now sheltering in these compounds. UNICEF reports that more than 9,000 children have been recruited into armed forces by both sides. 32 schools have been taken over by military forces, and there have been more than 20 attacks on clinics and health centres.

Many women and girls have been raped, often brutally and sometimes by several fighters. Others have been abducted.

Children have also been killed during indiscriminate attacks on civilians by both sides.

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` UN Mission in South Sudan Said a Convoy of Barges Carrying Food Aid has been Attacked by Gunmen '

#AceNewsServices – SOUTH SUDAN – April 25 – The UN mission in South Sudan has said a convoy of barges it hired to deliver food aid and fuel came under attack by gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades.

Four people were wounded, including UN peacekeepers, AP reported.

The barges were travelling on Thursday to the city of Malakal on the Nile River.

The assailants were not identified. The military and rebel leaders both denied responsibility.

Juba (AFP) – April 17 – Gunmen stormed a UN base in South Sudan Thursday, wounding dozens of civilians from a rival tribe in an “unprovoked” attack before peacekeepers fought them off, the UN said.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon condemned the assault in the war-ravaged town of Bor which also left two peacekeepers wounded, warning any attack on UN troops constitutes a war crime.

Almost 5,000 civilians are sheltering inside the fortified base of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), one of the most bitterly contested regions in the four-month-long conflict splitting the country.

“This attack on a location where civilians are being protected by the United Nations is a serious escalation,” said Ban’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

“The Secretary-General reminds all parties that any attack on United Nations Peacekeepers is unacceptable and constitutes a war crime,” he added.

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  3. April 17 – http://tinyurl.com/n7d6ds8

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` Rebels Massacre Hundreds Killing 200 and Injuring 400 Civilians in Mosque in South Sudan '

#AceWorldNews – SUDAN – April 21 – Rebels in South Sudan massacred “hundreds” of civilians in ethnic killings when they captured the oil town of Bentiu last week, the UN said on Monday.

In the main mosque alone, “more than 200 civilians were reportedly killed and over 400 wounded,” the UN mission in the country said, as cited by AFP.

There were also massacres at a church, hospital and an abandoned UN World Food Program (WFP) compound.

South Sudan’s army has been fighting rebels loyal to sacked Vice President Riek Machar, and the conflict has also taken on an ethnic dimension, pitting President Salva Kiir’s Dinka tribe against militia forces from Machar’s Nuer people.

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` UN Pays Witness to Gunfire and Casualties Outside Their Peace-Keeping Base in War Ravaged Bor ‘

#AceWorldNews – SOUTH SUDAN – April 17 – At least 14 people were wounded in South Sudan on Thursday after gunfire erupted outside a UN peacekeeping base in the war-ravaged town of Bor, AFP reported.

Shooting took place while local youth were demonstrating, said Mayor Nhial Majok.

Some of the young men were armed with guns, he said.

However, it was not immediately clear who fired the shots.

Almost 5,000 civilians are sheltering at the base.

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` South Sudan’s Conflict Leads to Over `One Million ‘ Being Forced out of their Homes ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED NATIONS – March 30 – More than one million people have been forced from their homes because of the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, the UN says.

Of these 254,000 have fled to neighbouring countries and 803,000 have been displaced internally.

Fighting erupted between the troops of Salva Kiir, the president and his deputy, Riek Machar, in December.

A ceasefire was agreed in January but sporadic fighting has continued.

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” South Sudan launches Major Assault against `Malakal’ the `Government Controlled Capital’ of the `Oil-Rich’ Nile State”

#AceWorldNews says that reports of Rebel forces in South Sudan launched a major assault early on Tuesday against the key town of Malakal, the government-controlled capital of the oil-rich Upper Nile state, AFP said, citing witnesses.

“There is fighting on the outskirts of the town. It’s a very big, coordinated attack,” an independent source said.

The fighting is the heaviest since the government of President Salva Kiir and rebels loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar signed a ceasefire agreement in neighbouring Ethiopia on 23 January.

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Home-made bomb explodes near French church in Rome

A small home-made bomb exploded in a street in central Rome early on Thursday, Reuters said. The bomb caused slight damage to a building belonging to a French religious establishment and three parked cars. The explosion occurred ahead of a visit to Pope Francis by President Francois  Hollande.

Gunman kills 5 Afghan cricket players

A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire at a group of local cricket players, killing five of them during a game in eastern Laghman province, AP reported. The attacker fled the scene in Alinghar district, a provincial spokesman, Sarhadii Zhouak, said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack that took place on Thursday. Also, police in southern Helmand province found the body of slain journalist Noor Ahmad Noori late on Thursday night.

China issues warnings to foreign military planes over defence zone

Beijing has begun issuing warnings to foreign military planes entering its self-declared air defense zone over the East China Sea, AP reported. Air Force spokesman Shen Jinke said that multiple types of Chinese planes recently conducted a long-range patrol inside the sweeping zone that was declared in November. The Chinese planes flew alongside a number of foreign military aircraft and issued warnings to them. The spokesman did not identify the planes or say when the patrol was conducted. The US, Japan and other countries earlier denounced the zone’s declaration as provocative.

UN urges Myanmar to probe killings of Rohingya Muslims

 The UN has called on Myanmar to investigate reports that dozens of people were killed in attacks on Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state. It said “credible information” was received of a series of attacks in a remote area of Rakhine earlier this month. The western state of Rakhine remains tense after outbreaks of inter-communal violence between Buddhist and Muslim communities since 2012.

South Sudan ceasefire signed in Ethiopia

South Sudan’s government and rebels have signed a ceasefire agreement, considered to be the first step to reconciliation between the two sides, following violence that erupted in mid-December and is thought to be a result of strained relations between President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar, whom Kiir sacked in July 2013. The conflict had since taken on an ethnic dimension. The deal was reached on Thursday in Ethiopia and was greeted by mediators and regional leaders alike. It is expected to come into effect 24 hours after being signed.

Blast reported in Cairo

 A large blast was heard in Cairo on Friday, eyewitnesses report. Smoke was seen rising over the city center. State TV said the blast happened near police headquarters, indicating that it may have been an attack.

N. Korea practiced attack on Seoul’s Incheon airport – report

The North Korean military secretly carried out a practice exercise simulating an attack on a South Korea’s largest airport, using specially designed jets that are meant to enter Southern airspace. A South Korean government source told JoongAng Ilbo that the nighttime exercises came on January 19, one day before North Korean state media reported that Kim Jong-un attended a military drill without expanding on any details. The North Koreans are suspected of practicing entering South Korea by parachute, staging a terrorist attack at the Incheon International Airport, and then occupying planes sitting on the runway. The South Korean official added that such an event is “extremely rare.”

Virginia attorney general will oppose state’s gay marriage ban

 Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Thursday that he will no longer defend the state’s gay marriage ban, saying he will join a lawsuit that seeks to have the prohibition declared unconstitutional. Herring, a Democrat, said he has voted against marriage equality in the past but told NPR that his views have changed because he saw that he “hurt a lot of people and it was very painful for a lot of people” when he previously voted in favor of the ban. Herring admitted that the ban was put in place by Virginia voters but said that as attorney general, he “cannot and will not defend laws that violate Virginians  `rights’ 

 

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"More than 200 South Sudan Civilians Drown in Ferry Accident"

#AceWorldNews says latest reports on the “South Sudan” ferry accident are between 200 and 300 people, have drowned. The report went onto to say that the accident on the a ferry on the White Nile river, happened whilst people were fleeing the fighting in the city of Malakal. “The drowned include both women and children.
The boat was overloaded,” army spokesman Philip Aguer told reporters. “They all drowned. They were fleeing the fighting that broke out again in Malakal.”
More than 1,000 people have been killed, while 230,000 have been forced from their homes over the past three weeks of fighting between government forces and those loyal to sacked Vice President Riek Machar.

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UN: “Mission in South Sudan Gains Access to Besieged Areas”

#AceWorldNews says The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) announced today that as it continues to gain access to besieged areas, the number of people killed in the current round of fighting in the world’s youngest country “must be much higher” than the 1,000 figure given earlier in the conflict, which erupted nearly a month ago and continues to grind on.
In a news release from Juba, UNMISS notes fresh media reports, including in the New York Times, estimating that up to 10,000 people may have been killed since the conflict started on 15 December 2013, after President Salva Kiir said soldiers loyal to former vice-president Reik Machar, dismissed from office in July, launched an attempted coup.

On 26 December, 10 days into the crisis, the Mission estimated that 1,000 people may have been killed in the fighting. “This was based on UNMISS’ initial monitoring and investigations in Juba and other relatively more stable locations where its Human Rights Officers and other staff were able to access, investigate and document the unfolding developments,” the Mission said today.
Yet, after two weeks of subsequent violence, characterized by sometimes intense fighting with heavy weapons, there are now clear indications that the casualty count must be much higher, says UNMISS, adding that while it has continues to closely monitor the human rights situation, interviewing witnesses, and following leads, it “is not at this stage in a position to establish and verify the exact numbers of casualties.”
The Mission recalls that on 9 January, Hervé Ladsous, the head of UN Peacekeeping Operations, speaking to reporters in New York following a three hour briefing to the Security Council on the situation in South Sudan, said: “We are not able to provide final figures. We know it will be very substantially in excess of the 1,000 figure”.
Meanwhile the Mission says that despite serious security constraints due to the fighting in Bor and Bentiu, which has restricted access by its Human Rights Officers, during the course of last week, UNMISS began interviewing victims and eyewitnesses among displaced people from Bor who have arrived in Juba and Awerial County in neighbouring Lakes State. UNMISS Human Rights Officers have also been able to return to Bor on 9 January.
“Preliminary indications from these interviews and investigations in Bentiu and Malakal contain horrific allegations of atrocities by anti-Government forces against civilians and surrendering soldiers, including summary executions, torture, sexual violence and ethnically targeted killing,” the Mission says in the news releases, deploring these horrendous acts of violence and utter disregard for human life and dignity.
UNMISS chief Hilde Johnson called on all parties to cease hostilities immediately, and respect and protect civilians. “She reiterates Secretary-General [Ban Ki-moon’s] reminder that those who commit such heinous acts will be held accountable,” the news release adds.
UNMISS vowed to continue investigating and documenting atrocities committed by both sides, in all affected areas and called on the Government and the anti-Government forces to cooperate with “these important investigations and to facilitate unhindered access by the Mission’s Human Rights Officers to all affected areas.”
In addition, this past Friday, Mr. Ban that announced that he would dispatch UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic, to South Sudan this weekend to look into cases of violations believed to have been committed during the conflict, which has displaced some 230,000 people, more than a quarter of whom are seeking refuge on UN bases.

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#AceWorldNews says that the worsening refugee crises in…

#AceWorldNews says that the worsening refugee crises in strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan, the United Nations today appealed for $99 million in additional funding to aid 1.3 million people for the next 100 days, less than three weeks after launching an initial $360-million appeal.

“In the situations of both South Sudan and CAR, we are extremely concerned about the safety of refugees and displaced people, particularly with access being affected by the fighting and insecurity,” UN refugee agency (UNHCR) spokesperson Adrian Edwards told a news briefing in Geneva.

“Today’s appeals reflect the worsening situations in both cases, with hundreds of thousands of people now affected.”

Of the new funding, $59 million are targeted for South Sudan, where well over 1,000 people have been killed and some 300,000 others driven from their home since fighting erupted between Government and opposition forces less than a month ago.

The remaining $40.2 million is destined for CAR, where thousands of people are estimated to have been killed, nearly 1 million driven from their homes, and 2.2 million, about half the population, need humanitarian aid in a conflict which erupted when mainly Muslim rebels launched attacks a year ago and has taken on increasingly sectarian overtones as mainly Christian militias take up arms.

Both requests by UNHCR, which are for the period to the end of March, follow appeals launched by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on 31 and 24 December respectively on behalf of all UN agencies for $209 million for South Sudan $152.2 million in immediate support needs for a 100-day plan for CAR.

Mr. Edwards said the situation has continued to deteriorate in South Sudan, where the number of people fleeing to neighbouring countries has quickly increased to some 43,000 people, and Uganda now seeing between 4,000 and 5,000 arriving every day. Inside the country some 232,000 people have been driven from their homes, including 60,500 sheltering at 10 UN bases.

He said the appeal included projections of additional displacement between now and April. “It anticipates that refugee numbers could rise to 125,000 and that the number of people displaced within South Sudan could reach 400,000″, he noted. UNHCR emergency operations include

Today’s supplementary appeal for CAR aims to support more than 1 million people, including 86,400 refugees in neighbouring countries and 958,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs)..

In both countries, the crises have displaced tens of thousands more people over the past three weeks and “insecurity makes assisting them more expensive, having to resort to airlifts for example when roads are not safe,” Mr. Edwards stressed.

UNHCR emergency operations include registering, sheltering and protecting refugees, providing supplies to displaced people, designing and managing camps for them, and protecting the most vulnerable among them.

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Security Council: Reports on LRA “Massacres in Villages and Mutilating of Boys to Prevent Them Becoming Child Soldiers and Forcing Girls into Sexual Slavery”

Rebels in the north of the Central African Rep...

Rebels in the north of the Central African Republic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AceHumanRightsNews says reiterating its strong condemnation of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and its use of children in armed conflict, the Security Council today demanded that the group immediately cease all hostilities, release all abductees’, and disarm and demobilize.

Issuing presidential statement the Council urged the United Nations Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), the UN political and peacekeeping missions in the region, and the Organization’s other relevant presences, to enhance their support for the implementation of the UN Regional Strategy to address the threat and impact of the activities of the LRA. It called on the international community to support the implementation of the Strategy where possible.

The LRA, notorious for carrying out massacres in villages, mutilating its victims and abducting boys for use as child soldiers and forcing girls into sexual slavery, was formed in the 1980s in Uganda and for over 15 years its attacks were mainly directed against Ugandan civilians and security forces, which in 2002 dislodged it. It then exported its activities to Uganda’s neighbours, such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan.

English: Shaded relief map of the Central Afri...

English: Shaded relief map of the Central African Republic. Cropped caption: Base 802739 (B01340) 2-01 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The 15-member body reiterated its strong support for the African Union Regional Cooperation Initiative against the LRA, commending the “significant” progress by the African Union Regional Task Force. It urged all regional Governments to fulfil their commitments under the Initiative and provide basic provisions for their security forces.

Welcoming steps taken to deliver an enhanced, comprehensive and “more regional” approach to the humanitarian situation, the Council underlined the primary responsibility of States in the LRA-affected region to protect civilians.  In that context, it welcomed efforts by the DRC, South Sudan, Uganda and the CAR, in coordination with the African Union, to end the LRA threat, urging additional efforts from those countries, as well as others in the region.

Further, the Council expressed serious concern that the increased security vacuum in the CAR continued to negatively affect counter-LRA operations. As LRA attacks have reportedly taken place outside the Task Force’s principal area of operations, it emphasized the need for strong coordination among the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA), the Task Force, and the African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic (MISCA) in the context of protecting civilian activities and counter-LRA operations.

Regionally, the Council encouraged the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) to reinforce efforts to address the LRA through improved responsiveness to imminent civilian threats, training and capacity-building of the Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo (FARDC) and implementation of the disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, reintegration, and resettlement programme to encourage further LRA defections.

In addition, the Council urged MONUSCO and the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to enhance their cooperation with the Regional Task Force to coordinate operations, patrols and protection of civilians strategies, and to provide logistical support within their existing mandates and resources.  It took note of reports of a LRA base in the disputed enclave of Kafia Kinga, on the border of the Central African Republic, and between South Sudan and Sudan.

New York, Nov 25 2013  7:00PM

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