Major headlines coming out of Syria, Burma, Yemen, Libya, and Sudan.

Here is the daily roundup and summary of the major headlines coming out of conflict areas. United to End Genocide does not necessarily support the views expressed in the articles in this post.

Sudan

ICC prosecutor to request arrest warrant for Sudan defence minister: report—Sudan Tribune

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court are seeking an arrest warrant against the Sudanese Minister of Defense Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein for crimes he committed while the representative for Darfur in 2003 and 2004.  The indictment is expected to occur the week of November 17th or 21st.

Border battles threaten the new Sudans—BBC News

South Sudan accused Sudan of supporting southern rebels in their attacks on oil-rich areas. Sudan has denied the accusations saying that it was not the responsible for the aerial bombings of the two refugee camps in Southern Sudan and that those fleeing Blue Nile and South Kordofan to South Sudan are not civilians but rebels.  Both countries have built up security forces along the international border.

Ban voices deep concern over worsening rhetoric between Sudan and South Sudan—UN News Centre

Secretary General of the United Nations expressed deep concern over the increasingly extreme rhetoric between Sudan and South Sudan, fearing it could lead to deterioration in relations between the two countries and possibly war.  Ban also condemned the formation of the Sudan Revolutionary Front made up of four armed groups, and implored all parties to avoid violent means.

Darfuri armed groups leave for US symposium—Radio Dabanga

Representatives from Darfur armed groups left for Washington on Monday for a Darfur peace workshop.  The Justice and Equality (JEM), Sudan Liberation Army led by Minni Minnawi (SLA-MM), and the Liberation and Justice Movement, the only group to sign the Doha Darfur Peace Document (DDPD), will be represented at the workshop which is seeking to successfully implement the Doha Darfur peace agreement.

Opposition parties welcome SRF—Radio Dabanga

Opposition political parties, including the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), Popular Congress Party (PCP), and the Sudanese Communist Party (SCP), voiced support for the Sudan Revolutionary Front’s (SRF) goal to topple the National Congress Party regime, although some disagreed with its violent means.  The SRF is made up of two factions of the Sudan Liberation Army led by Minni Minnawi and Abdel Wahid, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N).

Khartoum: SPLA officer confessed South Sudan support to the rebels

Sudan has published statements allegedly confessed by surrendered Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) Captian Hafez Hamza Abkar that give evidence that South Sudan has supported rebels in Sudan.  Sudan and South Sudan regularly trade accusations that the other is supporting rebels in their territory.

 

Syria

Syria’s ‘bloodiest day’ leaves scores dead –Al Jazeera

Monday was the bloodiest day since the demonstrations against the Assad regime began eight months ago, with at least 70 people killed in just 24 hours.  The causalities include 27 civilians, 34 soldiers, and 12 defected soldiers killed.

EU Widens Syria Sanctions as Pressure Grows on Assad to Quit—Bloomberg

International pressure against Bashar Al-Assad’s regime has increased with several countries calling for him to step down and the EU expanding sanctions to cover 18 Syrian individuals believed responsible for the violent crackdown on unarmed protestors.  King Abdullah of Jordan became the first Arab leader to publicly demand Assad step down.

Syrian soldiers killed in clash with defectors—Standard Examiner

Thirty-four Syrian soldiers were killed in an ambush in Syria’s southern Daraa province by army defectors, who switched allegiance when security forces utilized violent means against protestors.  Clashes between security forces and defected soldiers raise concerns that the peaceful opposition could turn into a civil war.

Syrian exiles find fear rather than refuge in Lebanon—Daily Star

Syrian activists who choose exile in Lebanon to escape persecution by Syrian government forces are finding that they are still in danger, as several high-profile Syrian dissidents have disappeared off the streets of Lebanon’s cities.  It is suspected that they were abducted by Syrian intelligence officers.

Syria Under Pressure After Suspension by Arab League—Business Week

Following the vote by the League of Arab States to suspend Syria’s membership, international pressure against the Assad regime has mounted. The EU has expanded individual sanctions, and King Abdullah of Jordan and a newspaper connected to the Saudi royal family have both publicly called on Assad to step down. Turkey has also increased pressure, and suspended oil and gas exploration in Syria.

Syrian opposition in Moscow for official talks—Daily Star

The Syrian National Council, a coalition of activist groups, arrived in Moscow on Tuesday to convince Russia to support them in their efforts for regime change. Russia has thus far supported Syria’s embattled president Bashar Al-Assad, and vetoed a UN Security Council sanctions resolution, as well as condemned the Arab League decision to suspend Syria’s League membership.

Syrian opposition fails to shift Russia stance on Assad—Daily Star

Syrian opposition representatives were unable to move Russia to call for Bashar Al-Assad resignation in talks in Moscow this morning. Russia instead encouraged all sides to accept the conditions in the earlier Arab League peace deal and work together to enact reforms.  Russia trades weapons with Syria and maintains a naval base on its coast.

 

Libya

New Libyan Army Deployed to Settle Feud—Tripoli Post

The new Libyan army, made up of the rebel forces that toppled Muammar Al-Gaddafi, was deployed to end four days of hostiles between militias from Zawiyah and Warshefana.  The soldiers were deployed as a buffer between the two areas and secured the area to prevent further hostilities.

 

Yemen

Yemen’s Saleh vows to step down as president—CNN News

President of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh agreed to a proposal by the Gulf Cooperation Council that would have him step down from power in 90 days to allow for a transitional government to take control.  Saleh has repeatedly offered to step down, only to renege on his promises and order crackdowns on opposition demonstrations.

 

Burma

UK calls for Burma political prisoner release—BBC News

International development secretary for the UK, Andrew Mitchell called for the release of all political prisoners, the numbers of which are estimated to be between 600 and 1,000 people.

Burmese Monks Stage Protest Demanding Release of Prisoners—Voice of America

Five monks organized a protest calling for the release of all political prisoners held by the Burmese government.  The government has promised to give amnesty to and release 200 prisoners on Monday, but has so far failed to do so. Several hundred people participated in the protest.

The US-Burma Connection—The Irrawaddy

Recent events in Burma may suggest that the Obama Administration’s dual tactics of engagement and sanctions have been effective in bringing some limited changes to Burma.  Further international support is needed if real change is to come to Burma.

Burmese women routinely harassed in city—The Times of India

Burmese refugee women are reportedly being attacked, assaulted, and harassed while in exile in Delhi, India.  Justice officials often fail to act to protect Burmese refugees or prosecute cases against their attackers.

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