Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF)
Resolutions of the Leadership Meeting
Paris, February 6, 2016
The leadership of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) held a meeting in the French capital, Paris, on 6 February 2016. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Leadership Council, including Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N), the National Umma Party- SRF- and the United Popular Front for Liberation and Justice. The SRF leadership meeting discussed the following issues:
• The humanitarian situation and human rights violations
• Assessment of the political situation
• Reunification of the SRF
• Sudan Call and the unity of change forces
• Internal and external action plans
• The campaign, “Here are the People”
1. The humanitarian situation and human rights violations
(A) Darfur and Jebel Marra
Jebel Marra is witnessing a new wave of genocide and war crimes against Darfurian citizens. The recent government attacks, which led to burning of 26 villages and to displacement of more than 35,000 civilians, were not against the armed force of the SRF and its factions. The regime in Khartoum must be held responsible for utilizing air-force, militias and the army against these innocent citizens. We also salute the courageous resistance of the Sudan Liberation Army in defending the civilians Jebel Marra.
Against this background of government attacks in Jebel Marra, the killing of civilians in El Geneina, the burning and destruction of villages, and the arrest, torture and rape of Darfurian citizens, we call for the following:
– Documentation of the crimes committed in Jebel Marra and El Geneina and holding the government responsible for war crimes and genocide perpetrated against civilians.
– Fulfilment by the United Nation and African Union Mission for Darfur ( UNMAID) and the international community at large of their responsibility to protect civilians.
– Expansion of solidarity campaigns to include all Sudanese and Sudan’s friends externally.
(B) South Kordofan/ Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile
For five years the Khartoum’s regime has been conducting ground attacks and aerial bombardment against civilians living in the SPLM-N’s liberated areas in South Kordofan/ Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile. These military attacks have been accompanied by the regime’s refusal to permit the delivery of humanitarian aid to more than a million Sudanese citizens in these areas. The SRF’s leadership meeting reiterated its support for the right of civilians to access humanitarian aid without any restrictions and political conditions. The meeting also supported the negotiating position of the SPLMN, in particular the proposal to create multiple corridors for the delivery of humanitarian aid: internally, from El Obied, Kadugli and Damazin; and externally from Ethiopia, South Sudan and Kenya.
(C) Human Rights Violations
The regime in Khartoum has continued to violate basic human rights and freedom, including through unlawful arrests, forced disappearance, using violence repression against peaceful protests, restrictions on freedom of the press and prosecution of civic and political activists for peaceful dissent. The most recent crime, the assassination of the university student Salah Gamar, is further direct evidence of the continuing dark conduct and record of the regime. The SRF’s leadership meeting condemned the regime’s crimes against human rights, and called upon the Sudanese in Diaspora to organize themselves in order to advocate against the regime’s crimes in regional and international human rights bodies.
(D) Amendment of the Penal Code
It was noted that the regime in Khartoum had amended the penal code as part of its preparation for new crackdown and repression against the struggle of the Sudanese civic movement. The meeting called upon the Sudanese people to continue their resistance to these amendments and to the regime’s claims of genuine dialogue.
2. Assessment of the Political Situation
The SRF leadership meeting appreciated the increase in popular struggle across Sudan’s rural and urban centers, which is taking diverse and multiple shapes, including the creation of new platforms for resistance. The meeting especially saluted Sudanese resistance to price increases and the construction of dams against residents’ interests, the steadfastness of civilians in the war zones, the courage of the Sudanese commemorating Port Sudan’s Kajabar and September uprisings, and the brave roles played by youth and women in these struggles. The meeting also appealed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia not to finance construction of new dams which will violate the rights of the inhabitants and damage their heritage.
The leadership meeting also assessed the decline in opposition activity and the differences between the various opposition platforms. The meeting concluded that among the essential requirements for changing the regime were: agreement on a minimal common political program, re-structuring of opposition forces and keeping an open door to all change forces. The leadership meeting also brought to the table some new reflections on the development of the SRF and Sudan Call alliances.
3. Reunification of the SRF
The leadership meeting assigned its member Osama Saeed to engage with Dr. Jibril Ibrahim and to call for an urgent meeting between the SRF two groups. This meeting is intended to discuss the development of confidence-building measures, coordination, joint positions on peaceful solutions, national alliances and external advocacy work, in particular on humanitarian issues. These measures can then pave the way for an SRF Leadership Council meeting to resolve the organizational problems faced by the SRF.
The meeting also named Osama Saeed as temporary spokesperson, and assigned the SRF’s member responsible for foreign relations, Yasir Arman, to develop a work-plan on external affairs. The leadership meeting adopted a resolution that all future meetings of the SRF Council would be held in the liberated areas among the victims of the regime’s crimes.
The meeting emphasized the significance of resolving differences faced by the SRF and reunifying the alliance in accordance with SRF regulations and laws, no later than the end of June 2016. The meeting also agreed that an alternate plan would be developed in the event of the failure of reunification process.
4. Sudan Call and Unity of Change Forces
The leadership meeting assigned heads of its factions, Malik Agar, Nasreldin al-Mahdi and Zeinab Kabashi to engage with the Presidential Coordination Council of the Sudan Call Alliance, and to begin preparation to convene the meeting of the alliance. This Sudan Call Council meeting is urgently needed to develop means of support for popular uprising and to cement the unity of change forces. The leadership meeting also affirmed its full adherence to the documents of SRF, the Paris declaration and Sudan Call’s documents.
5. Internal and External Work-plans
The SRF leadership meeting adopted guidelines for the development of internal and external action-plans. These plans are intended to meet the demands and interests of the Sudanese people for change. The meeting also tasked comrade Abdul Aziz Adam Elhelu with developing a military plan in order to revitalize the SRF armed resistance.
The meeting stressed that a comprehensive and peaceful solution can only be achieved through increasing and promoting popular uprising. The meeting called upon Sudanese people to defeat the regime forces and militias on all fronts, and to make all efforts in order to change the power relationships and to defeat the regime’s tactic of buying time in worthless open-ended negotiating processes.
7. Campaign: “Here are the People”
The SRF leadership meeting declared that the campaign, “Here are the People” is a continuation of the Irhal campaign that was successfully implemented by SRF. The meeting affirmed its full support to the campaign, which coincides with the increasing support for popular uprising. The meeting also called for the expansion of the “Here are the People” campaign to include issues such as stopping the wars, resistance to price increases, and addressing land issues in urban and rural areas and human rights violations.
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Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) Resolutions of the Leadership Meeting