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 and South Sudan
ICC arrest warrant sought for Sudan minister—Al Jazeera
“The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has requested an arrest warrant for Sudan’s defence minister for alleged crimes committed in Darfur. Luis Moreno-Ocampo asked the court on Friday “to issue an arrest warrant against the current Sudanese defence minister, Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein, for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Darfur from August 2003 to March 2004,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement…”
“The Sudanese army (SAF) has claimed it seized control of an area in South Kordofan State from the hands of the rebels Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N)…”
“The Kenyan chief justice on Thursday stepped to the defense of his institution following a high court judge order this week to the government that it arrests Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir should he sets foot in the country…”
“Sudan vowed Wednesday to confiscate a portion of South Sudan’s oil as it passes through a pipeline in Sudan as talks between the countries failed to produce any agreement on how to split oil revenues…”
“South Sudan warned all foreign oil companies, the oil consortia and pipeline operators in the country not to cooperate with Sudan on crude oil-related matters, unless authorized…”
“A joint meeting of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the Government of South Sudan involving discussion on preparations of mechanisms for the implementation of the UN mandate in the newly independent state in Juba on Thursday…”
“In an interview with Radio Miraya, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Lise Grande, said that about a third of the population in South Sudan is food insecure, and the situation is expected to worsen by 2012 due to a number of factors…”
“The displaced people residing in camps across Darfur are currently coping with critical living conditions, a survey by Radio Dabanga reveals…”
Chadian opposition leader arrested in Sudan—Sudan Tribune
“The Chadian opposition today accused Sudanese security service of arresting one of its leading figures who remained in Khartoum despite their departure from Sudan since the normalization between Khartoum and Ndjamena in January 2010…”
“At least one man was killed by security forces trying to break up protests which broke out after Friday prayers in Syria, according to anti-government activists…”
“Royal Dutch Shell said on Friday it would cease operations in Syria to heed new European Union sanctions against Damascus, deepening the international isolation of President Bashar al-Assad imposed over his violent crackdown on popular unrest…”
“The United Nations top human rights forum strongly condemned Syria on Friday for “gross and systematic” violations by its forces, including executions, it said may amount to crimes against humanity…”
US, EU Tighten Syria Sanctions as Death Toll Mounts—Voice of America
“The United States and the European Union tightened sanctions on Syria Thursday as the United Nations said the death toll in the Damascus government’s crackdown on protestors now exceeds 4,000. A top State Department official said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s departure is inevitable…”
French-Based Syrian Opposition Threatened—Voice of America
“France is upping security for members of Syrian opposition groups who live or work in France…”
Syria Hit with New War Crimes Allegations—Voice of America
“New allegations about Syria’s brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters are sparking U.N. calls for the regime to be tried for crimes against humanity…”
Unrest Erupts Near Syrian-Lebanese Border—Voice of America
“Witnesses and activists say there is heavy shelling in villages near Syria’s border with Lebanon. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told VOA Friday that security forces opened fire on villagers who were trying to flee into Lebanon after forces launched raids in the region…”
Clinton Meets with Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi—Voice of America
“U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held in-depth discussions with democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon Friday on the final day of her three-day landmark visit to Burma…”
Burmese Opposition Leader, Clinton Promote Closer Ties—Voice of America
“Burma’s National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday hosted U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for what the veteran activist called “a historic moment” for both Burma and the United States…”
Burmese Reforms Raise Questions About Economic Sanctions—Voice of America
“Although U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says economic sanctions against Burma will not be lifted until certain policies of the Burmese government change, there is debate among analysts over the effect of Washington’s trade restrictions and the role they play in promoting political reform…”
“At least five civilians and three soldiers were killed in the protest hotbed city of Taiz Friday, and the head of a new government meant to prevent civil war in Yemen said a week-old political pact could unravel if the bloodshed went on…”
“Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara rejected accusations that he had imposed “victors’ justice” on his civil war rival by transferring him to the International Criminal Court in The Hague…”
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