September 17th, 2019

BJ Habibie, Indonesian president who paved the way for Timor-Leste’s independence referendum, dies

BJ Habibie, former Indonesian president who granted Timor-Leste an independence referendum in 1999, died last Wednesday (11/09/2019) at age 83. Habibie came into power in 1998, taking over from General Suharto, who had governed with an oppressive regime for 32 years....

September 12th, 2019

Timor-Leste Timeline

This month’s focus country is Timor-Leste, which is perhaps generally one of the lesser known countries that HART operates and supports communities in. With this in mind, a timeline of events has been created to gain an understanding of Timor-Leste’s past, present and future....

September 10th, 2019

Baroness Cox’s submission to the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee on UK-Sudan relations

After writing to the Common Foreign Affairs Committee for their inquiry on ‘Beyond Aid: The UK’s Strategic Engagement in Africa’, it has been confirmed that Baroness Cox’s submission on UK-Sudan relations has been received. Click the PDF link below to read the full statement:...

August 19th, 2019

Country Briefings: June-August 2019

In the countries where our partners work, human rights issues, political events and humanitarian crises rarely reach international headlines. Thus, we have put together briefings sourcing the latest humanitarian reports and news from the past three months in Sudan, Nigeria, South Sudan, Burma, Syria and Nagorno-Karabakh....

August 16th, 2019

Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi talks Christian Persecution in the Times

  HART partner, Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi from the Diocese of Jos recently spoke to the Times about the sacrifices he has had to make in order to stand by his faith. “Few places are as deadly as central Nigeria. For years villages on the front line between Islam in the North and Christianity in the South have been victims of the fighting between Muslim militants and Christians determined to protect their lives and rights.” “Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi lives in the middle of the conflict zone, in the city of Jos…” To read the full article, click here....

August 7th, 2019

August 2019 Update: The situation in North and Central-belt Nigeria

Background In northern and central Nigeria, Fulani militants continue to engage in an aggressive land-grabbing policy. They seek to replace diversity and difference with a monochrome ideology (similar to Boko Haram’s) that is imposed with violence on those who refuse to comply....

July 18th, 2019

Timeline of Sudan events

On July 17th, Sudan’s ruling military council and an alliance of protestors and opposition groups signed an agreement as part of a power-sharing deal that aims to lead the country into a democracy over the next 3 years. To catch up on the events since President al-Bashi was ousted in April, download our timeline below....

July 18th, 2019

Sudan needs a new game plan

  The West needs to rethink its strategy on Sudan, according to Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation in Boston, Massachusetts. De Waal was delivering a seminar at Portcullis House, in the British Parliament buildings, following the recent agreement between the Alliance for Freedom and Change and the Transitional Military Council....

July 15th, 2019

Sudan APPG Briefing on Justice and Reconciliation in Sudan

Monday, July 8th briefing: Speaker: Al-Marith Idris- Representative of the UMMA Party
  • 9/16 states in Sudan have experienced intense war
  • Rapid Support Force (RSF) – 20-40,000 formed in 2014. Formally the Janjaweed (the Janjaweed also has hubs in Chad +Ethiopia)
  • All tribes in South Kordofan are armed and ready to go
  • The constitution of Sudan has been re-written to include a Bill of Rights (human rights)
Speaker: Sara Abeljalil- Sudanese Professional Association spokesperson
  • The revolution has two parts.

July 15th, 2019

Sudan Briefing: May-July 2019 Timeline of Events

Recent events in Sudan May 1st
  • African Union issues third warning giving the junta two-months to hand over power to civilians or risk suspension.
May 13th
  • A shooting outside military headquarters in Central Khartoum leaves six people dead
  • Sudanese prosecutors claim that al-Bashir has been charged with involvement in killing and incitement to kill protestors during the popular uprising.
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