A roundup of headlines from conflict areas, Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Yemen, Sudan and South 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.
Syrian Protesters, Security Forces Clash in Homs—Voice of America
“Syrian activists say 200,000 protesters have gathered in Homs on Friday, the largest demonstration yet in the restive city that has been the epicenter of a nine-month uprising…”
“The Arab Spring has turned to bloody winter in Homs, the city that has suffered the most from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s deadly nationwide crackdown on anti-government protesters. Known as the capital of the revolution, Homs has seen the worst of the violence that has left an estimated 5,000 people dead since protests began in Syria in March…”
“Hundreds of thousands of Syrians took to the streets on Friday to protest against President Bashar al-Assad, activists said, a day after Syria’s big power ally Russia sharpened its criticism of Damascus in a draft United Nations resolution…”
Hopes Rise for UN Action on Syria—Voice of America
“Russia Thursday proposed a new draft resolution condemning the violence in Syria, giving rise to hopes the U.N. Security Council will end its relative silence on the nine month crackdown on protestors. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States is ready to work with Moscow on the proposal…”
Sudan and South Sudan
“The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Luis Moreno-Ocampo told the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) today that crimes continue to be committed in Sudan’s western region of Darfur…”
“US Administration has clearly informed Khartoum that bilateral relations cannot be improved unless they end violence in Blue Nile and South Kordofan and allow humanitarian access to the affected population, Obama’s special envoy said this week…”
“Rebels operating predominantly in Unity state of South Sudan have issued a statement warning US companies considering investing in the country that their safety cannot be assured until the current president, Salva Kiir, is removed from power…”
IDPs need assistance in South Darfur—Radio Dabanga
“A group of 1,500 internally displaced people (IDPs) have been struggling in harsh conditions with no humanitarian support from local or international organizations, said a witness in El Daein locality to Radio Dabanga…”
Abyei Committee fails to break deadlock—Radio Dabanga
“The Abyei Joint Oversight Committee held it’s first meeting on Wednesday to discuss the administration of Abyei, a source told Radio Dabanga…”
Shooting in Western Darfur—Radio Dabanga
“On Monday four people were killed when two government affiliated militias held a gunbattle in Kidepo village, north east of Zalingei in Western Darfur. They had disagreed on how to share out looted goods between them, a witness told Radio Dabanga…”
“South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit says his government will respect Human Rights and fundamental freedoms and equality in the country…”
“The vice president of South Sudan, Riek Machar, has called on the communities in Jonglei state to stop their violent conflicts. Machar made the appeal on Thursday in Juba following reports that a revenge attack was under way against the Murle ethnic group, by Lou-Nuer and Greater Bor communities…”
Democratic Republic of Congo
Congo Supreme Court Hears Election Challenge—Voice of America
“The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Supreme Court has begun hearing a lawsuit seeking to annul the presidential election that returned incumbent Joseph Kabila to power…”
Central Africa Sees Endgame in LRA Conflict—Voice of America
“For more than two decades, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has spread terror from its original stronghold in northern Uganda, murdering and raping its way across central Africa. In October, U.S. President Barack Obama ordered a 100-strong U.S. military contingent deployed to provide intelligence and technical assistance to help Uganda and its neighbors finally stop the LRA…”
“A Ugandan official says six heads of state and government from the Great Lakes region will hold talks today (Friday) on establishing a joint intelligence-sharing center for the region…”
“President Barack Obama announced recently that about 100 U.S. troops are being deployed to Central Africa to help “apprehend and remove” the elusive Joseph Kony and his top commanders of the Lord’s Resistance Army…”
“Libya plans an election next year. Whether it gets there could well turn on incidents like the three-day battle along Highway 1 last month…”
“The death of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was captured and killed by rebels in October, may have been a war crime, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said on Thursday…”
Nobel Winner Says Yemen Could Face Civil War—Voice of America
“Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman of Yemen says her country could be pushed into a civil war unless the West stops supporting the current transition and takes strong legal and financial action against President Ali Abdullah Saleh…”
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