A long way to go on gay rights

Submitted by Matthew on 8 February, 2012 - 10:38

According to the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) seven majority Muslim countries still maintain the death penalty for homosexual activity.

They are Afghanistan, Iran, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Yemen.

In northern Nigeria, where some states use Sharia law, homosexuality is also punishable by death.

In Iran gay men are normally arrested under other trumped up charges. But in September 2011 three men were executed for homosexuality.

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Class struggle is not “alien” to South Sudan

Submitted by Matthew on 16 February, 2011 - 10:44

Tim Flatman (Solidarity 3/192) claims labour movement organisations were “culturally alien” to South Sudan and that we should not “impose” them on the new country.

Undoubtedly, labour movements as we know them in the advanced-capitalist world cannot be wished into being in a massively less developed country. But what is the “culture” that workers’ organisation seeks to embody? Simply the “culture” of organising the exploited against their exploiters. This is something common to all human culture throughout history.

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Sudan: opportunities for new social movements

Submitted by Matthew on 9 February, 2011 - 10:32

Tim Flatman, who has recently returned from the region, concludes a series of three articles about South Sudan.

The process of referendum has had positive consequences for grassroots independent political organisation in South Sudan.

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Southern Sudan: starting to build social movements

Submitted by Matthew on 2 February, 2011 - 10:18

In the first complete results of a referendum, 99% of South Sudanese have voted to secede from the north. Tim Flatman recently spent three months in South Sudan and continues a series of articles on the future of a new country, set to become independent in July.

Jobs, working rights, public services and control of resources are the current demands of southerners.

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Sudan succession vote, what next?

Submitted by Matthew on 26 January, 2011 - 10:31

Tim Flatman recently completed a three-month tour of South Sudan. In the first of a series of articles he reports on the recent referendum on secession and the future of the social movements in the new country.

Any election or referendum where the final result is expected to beat Alexander Lukashenko’s latest showing by nearly 20% on a 95% turnout would normally be regarded as suspect. To anyone familiar with the politics of South Sudan, however, a 99% vote for secession in a free referendum (held on 9-15 January) is highly plausible.

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No tears for Bashir

Submitted by Anon on 13 March, 2009 - 8:36 Author: Cathy Nugent

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has issued a warrant to arrest the Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir. He has been indicted for war crimes, but not for genocide.

For sure, behind the legal process lie the political interests of the big western powers. After effectively tolerating Bashir for many years, they now want to see the back of him. But it does not at all follow that socialists should oppose these moves (whether the ICC succeeds in arresting Bashir or not).

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What if “teddy” teacher were Sudanese?

Submitted by AWL on 7 December, 2007 - 10:00 Author: Rosalind Robson

Gillian Gibbons, the teacher who was locked up by the Sudanese authorities for allowing her class to call a teddy bear Muhammad, said of her experience: “The Sudanese people I found to be extremely kind and generous and until this happened I only had a good experience.”

She also expressed hope that news of her experience would not stop westerners from going to Sudan.

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Peace in Darfur?

Submitted by cathy n on 14 August, 2007 - 2:51

By Rosalind Robson

More than four years since the war in Darfur began and not much less time since a massive international campaign called for them, the UN has agreed to send “peacekeeping” troops to Sudan. The deployment coincides with an agreement between all but one of Darfur’s opposition groups, to jointly seek peace talks with the Sudanese government.

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Stop the deportations to Darfur!

Submitted by Anon on 8 April, 2007 - 11:07

By Amina Saddiq

At the end of March, the National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns reported that, across the country, the Home Office had accelerated its programme of rounding up and deporting Sudanese asylum-seekers, including people from war-ravaged and ethnically-cleansed Darfur.

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Don’t let them deport Sadiq Abakar!

Submitted by Anon on 7 April, 2007 - 11:11

By Sofie Buckland, NUS national executive

One of the Darfuris faced with deportation is Sadiq Abakar, who has spent over seven years in Britain in Britain awaiting asylum. He fled Sudan in 1999 after he and his brother were jailed for anti-government protests; his brother was later killed in prison, and his father and other family members have also been murdered. He spent 35 days in a cargo container to get here, only to face years of harrassment from immigration officials once he arrived. He now has a young family.

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