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December 17, 2022

AFP: Sudan heading towards 'violent breakup': think tank.  Sudan is heading towards 'violent breakup' due to the lack of implementation of peace deals between Khartoum and the west, south and east of the country, the International Crisis Group warned Thursday.  "Unless the international community, notably the US, the UN, the African Union Peace and Security Council and the Horn of Africa Inter-Government Authority on Development (IGAD), cooperate to support (peace deals), return to north-south war and escalation of conflict in Darfur are likely," the ICG said. "The main mechanisms to end conflicts between the central government and the peripheries -- the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (with the south), the Darfur Peace Agreement and the East Sudan Peace Agreement -- all suffer from lack of implementation, largely due to intrasigence of the National Congress Party," of President Omar al-Beshir, the report said.

Sudan Tribune: Mbeki softens stance on Darfur hybrid court proposal.  The chairman of the African Union High Level Panel on Darfur (AUPD) Thabo Mbeki appeared to downplay the emphasis on implementing the recommendations included in the report compiled by his team this year including the hybrid court proposal to try the Darfur war crimes suspects.  The commission called for a "hybrid Criminal Court which shall exercise original and appellate jurisdiction over individuals who appear to bear particular responsibility for the gravest crimes committed during the conflict in Darfur, and to be constituted by judges of Sudanese and other nationalities".  Last week the Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir, who is subject of an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court (ICC), said in an interview with 'Russia Today' TV that his country rejects the idea of foreign judges sitting on the bench for Darfur trials.  But Mbeki today denied that he is pressing Khartoum to accept the idea of creating hybrid courts for Darfur suggesting that the matter is up for negotiators to decide on it and denying that the proposal violated Sudan's sovereignty as some officials have said.

Baptist Press: Hopes for Sudan 'quickly dimming' as U.S. stance 'wanes,' rep says.  Members of Congress and a bipartisan commission have called on the Obama administration to take decisive action regarding what they described as an emboldened dictatorship in Sudan.  The House of Representatives members, as well as commissioners of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), called for more engagement from the top of the administration after Khartoum's regime cracked down on members of the opposition party in the National Assembly and peaceful protesters.  "The time has come for Secretary Clinton and President Obama to personally and actively engage on Sudan," Rep. Frank Wolf, R.-Va., said in prepared remarks Dec. 15.  When the CPA was signed in 2005, Wolf said, "Hopes were high for a new Sudan. Sadly those hopes are quickly dimming as President Bashir becomes further entrenched and principled U.S. leadership on Sudan wanes."

Xinhua: With better stoves, UN aims to cut risk of murder, rape for women seeking firewood.  The United Nations on Wednesday launched a pilot project to provide fuel-efficient stoves to some 150,000 women in Sudan and Uganda to cut the risks of murder, rape and other violence they face in gathering firewood, while at the same time protecting the environment.  The Safe Access to Firewood and Alternative Energy in Humanitarian Settings (SAFE) stoves initiative, organized by the World Food Program (WFP) and other UN agencies, will be rolled out next year to reach eventually up to 6 million refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and returnees in 36 nations, where they are forced to walk further and further into the bush into unsafe areas to collect firewood, UN officials said here. WFP researchers have found that some women spend a full day's wages on firewood alone. Others sell off food rations to purchase fuel. The SAFE project will scale up distribution of fuel-efficient and "improved mud" stoves to assist almost 100,000 women in North Darfur, Sudan.

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