Less than Two Weeks Left: World Anxiously Awaits Sudan Referendum

By Girma Negash, Sudan Country Specialist

This posting is part of the Sudan Referendum Watch series

Recent reports have indicated that South Sudan will move forward as scheduled on January 9. Voter registration including the delivery of ballots went smoothly, the northern Sudan political leadership is openly hinting acceptance of the referendum, and negotiations on post referendum arrangements seem to advance. Still, risks of conflict and renewed war remain as long as agreements on sticky issues like Abyei, border demarcation, and post-referendum citizenship are not resolved ahead of the plebiscite.

Need of vigilance

The political uncertainty around the prospect of secession raises serious possibility of humanitarian and human rights crises. The deluge of southern returnees ahead of the referendum is already overwhelming the capacity of aid workers. The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the southern Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) have tentatively agreed upon principles of protection of both northerners and southerners in case of secession, but have not yet fully reached a clear agreement on citizenship. Fear of minority rights violations is real. We need to remain alert and monitor the developments on the ground to react quickly and appropriately to possible human right violations leading up to the referendum and after.

Watching out for human rights

While the international community is nervously awaiting the outcome of the referendum we will closely monitor those unfolding events on the ground, which can potentially lead to human rights violations regarding rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, freedom of association, freedom of movement, minority rights, and politically driven human displacement. Join us in watching out for such developments. Here are a few things you can do to get updated:

  1. Read our Sudan Referendum Briefing (pdf)
  2. Follow the weekly blogging series. For daily updates and breaking news, follow #sudanwatch or Amnesty on Twitter.
  3. Look out for new materials, such as more maps and a resource guide, in the weeks running up to the referendum on January 9. New content will be posted on this blog or on our Sudan Country Page

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2 thoughts on “Less than Two Weeks Left: World Anxiously Awaits Sudan Referendum

  1. Currently I did move my Emergency channel space to Word Press where I publish under machinemommy's blog.

    Referendum Sudan,
    How I wish I could be sprung from where I am. There's a whole new World in the midst of us that needs apart from guidance, funds that I know how to get and how to organize. I am lost to the world as Lady Alma of Avalon CWO, where Netherlands and especially the province Governors call shots that proclaim me slave through SSL (Secure Socket Layer Protocol filed under IPv6)
    It ratified this Januari 1 2011 and my Government believes they have a good thing.
    1.2 billion slaves in the Country are with their users doomed to produce any old creative thing while they harvest the proceeds through the SSL Protocol.
    Can you imagine I need a way and the help to get out as dissident I am?

    Now then Sudan. I saw a Mia Farrow rising up with a pocket full of proceeds to stand guardian over the Proceeds Sudan is to recieve from my work.
    She would be Mia Lady Alma of Avalon – Farrow, as I write my name Antoinette Lady Alma of Avalon – Meijrink.

    For the benefit of Human kind I would insist this is the formula that can work and we can escape the corruption trail as Bill High Lord of Avalon Clinton can stand guardian when he is not too busy over Haiti's recovery.
    I say can for the simple reason that Mr. Clinto also was asked to coordinate the NGO's last year during the great disaster that struck Haiti.
    Sudan is near to me because the proceedings of The Hague only made parties wider apart and less understanding. So yeah let Sudan profit and prosper but do I see as road here that helps were sheer politics did misfire?

    In sympathy we write and in more sympathy we prosper.
    Kind regards
    Lady Alma of Avalon

  2. Currently I did move my Emergency channel space to Word Press where I publish under machinemommy’s blog.

    Referendum Sudan,
    How I wish I could be sprung from where I am. There’s a whole new World in the midst of us that needs apart from guidance, funds that I know how to get and how to organize. I am lost to the world as Lady Alma of Avalon CWO, where Netherlands and especially the province Governors call shots that proclaim me slave through SSL (Secure Socket Layer Protocol filed under IPv6)
    It ratified this Januari 1 2011 and my Government believes they have a good thing.
    1.2 billion slaves in the Country are with their users doomed to produce any old creative thing while they harvest the proceeds through the SSL Protocol.
    Can you imagine I need a way and the help to get out as dissident I am?

    Now then Sudan. I saw a Mia Farrow rising up with a pocket full of proceeds to stand guardian over the Proceeds Sudan is to recieve from my work.
    She would be Mia Lady Alma of Avalon – Farrow, as I write my name Antoinette Lady Alma of Avalon – Meijrink.

    For the benefit of Human kind I would insist this is the formula that can work and we can escape the corruption trail as Bill High Lord of Avalon Clinton can stand guardian when he is not too busy over Haiti’s recovery.
    I say can for the simple reason that Mr. Clinto also was asked to coordinate the NGO’s last year during the great disaster that struck Haiti.
    Sudan is near to me because the proceedings of The Hague only made parties wider apart and less understanding. So yeah let Sudan profit and prosper but do I see as road here that helps were sheer politics did misfire?

    In sympathy we write and in more sympathy we prosper.
    Kind regards
    Lady Alma of Avalon