Sudan separates religion from state ending 30 years of Islamic rule
Sudan’s transitional government has agreed a deal with rebel groups which ends 30 years of rule under Islamic law and Islam as the official state religion.Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and a leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM–N), Abdelaziz Al-Hilu, signed the accord on Thursday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.“The state shall not establish an official religion,” says the agreement. “No citizen shall be discriminated against based on their religion. For Sudan to become a democratic country where the rights of all citizens are enshrined, the constitution should ...
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Sudan signs peace deal with rebel groups, move hailed as sign of lasting change
Khartoum. Sudan’s transitional government on Monday signed a peace deal with rebel groups, in what donors and activists said could signal a permanent end to the decades-old civil war.The Sudanese parties crowned marathon negotiations that lasted more than a year in Juba, South Sudan, which mediated the talks.The agreement contained timelines that if implemented could bring rebel group leaders into the mainstream government in about 18 months.It includes most of the armed movements in the country, most notably the Popular Movement in the Northern Sector which is led by Malik Agar, the Justice a...
Facebook bans four Myanmar ethnic rebel groups
Yangon (AFP) - Facebook has blacklisted four more of Myanmar's ethnic rebel groups, the platform announced Tuesday as it struggles to control rampant hate speech, misinformation and incitement on its platform.For years the social media giant has been lambasted for its slow and ineffectual response to incendiary posts, particularly against the country's Rohingya Muslims.The company has embarked on a huge PR campaign over the last year to prove it is taking action in a country with an estimated 20 million Facebook accounts.The latest rebel organisations to have been banned are the Arakan Army (A...
Syria rebel groups form new coalition as regime eyes Idlib
Beirut (AFP) - Rebel groups in Syria's Idlib province on Wednesday announced the formation of a new coalition, as President Bashar al-Assad looks to turn his sights on the northwestern region. The National Liberation Front merges the alliance of Islamist heavyweights Ahrar al-Sham and Nureddine al-Zinki with four other rebel factions.The coalition, however, will not include Idlib's dominant force -- the jihadist alliance of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), led by Syria's former Al-Qaeda affiliate.The alliance was announced Wednesday by Ahrar al-Sham and Nureddine al-Zinki, who are already merged u...