The revolution in Sudan has rocked the world
Your voice matters. Time to Act!
The Sudanese Revolution
In Sudan, thirty years of brutal dictatorship have been crushed by a revolutionary movement unequalled in its persistence, plurality and committment to nonviolence and organisation from below. A three-day general strike, united oil and airport workers, bankers, tealadies on the street, illiterate farmers, and doctors, throughout the country. Sit-ins, neighbourhood committees, demonstrations and blockades have broken the neck of al-Baschirs dictatorship, which one year ago appeared untouchable. We stand witness to the mobilization of a people for democratic self- determination, unparalelled anywhere in the „west“ today.
This International Sudan Conference will adress the urgent questions, political challenges and chances that result from the ongoing revolution in Sudan. In spite of a power-sharing deal between the military and civilian forces, arbitrary violence persists in many forms: the oppression of critical journalists, the displacement, looting, burning and raping of the men and women in Darfur, Blue Nile, Nuba Mountain and South Kordofan, as well as the onslaught on trade unions and neighbourhood organisations. The situation is fragile and perilous. It is clear that representatives of the former dictatorship are using the transitional period to undermine the achievements of the revolution.
In the conference, you can be part of identifying the synergies and common visions for the future of a transnational struggle, and help in articulating joint demands and actions.
EU-cooperation with the reactionary forces in Sudan
The infamous „Rapid Support Forces“ have been mandated by the EU to close the borders for „irregular“ migrants. Formerly known as „Janjaweed“ they have committed horrible atrocities during the genocide in Darfur. Now, with total impunity, the very same militias and their general Hemeti are a central pole in the new transition government of Sudan.
It is clear that the EU‘s so-called policies of „fighting the causes of migration“ actually mean open war against African and other peoples. The weaponisation of „development“ is not stopping migration, but brutally forcing even vaster numbers to flee. Sisi, Hemeti, Erdogan, Saudi and UAE dictator dynasties have become the demons of Europe ́s complicity in crimes against humanity in the name of migration management and the war against terror. Rheinmetall and Co have become the profiteers of more and more brutality and death delivered by EU and Germany border regimes.
We must wake up! It is time‘to call „Not in my name“ to an arms trade and a war economy which starts here in Europe.
In this fragile transition phase to a real, genuine, government from below, the radical demands of the Sudanese revolutionaries for peace and democracy are threatened within the complex domestic and global power games. Yet the revolution has shown so many times already that power remains with the people as long as the revolutionfrom below keeps deepening.The Sudanese people demand proper justice and an end to impunity.
We demand an end to Fortress Europe, the externalisation of border control, push-backs, drownings, torture and killings. We demand an end to the German and EU arms trade with Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Turkey. We demand a transparent end to all German and EU government financial involvement with the former regime and military and an accounting for all financing provided to the different regimes up to today. We demand that the GIZ the official German development agency – cease all work on police training programs for repressive regimes for the sake of „stability“. We demand a stop – documented, not just pro forma – of the Khartoum Process
and German financing of the Sudanese government. We demand hat all funds going there be invested in civilian and social projects, run, controlled and accounted for by proper civilian instances and organisations.
The missing link in the fightback is here, in Germany, in Europe. It is high time, we start to learn from the Sudanese revolution and to stand with the peoples of the world against war and exploitation. The International Sudan Conference, taking place for the second time in Berlin, wants to open a space for this. We invite you to raise your voice with us and to find new and better ways to stand with others and to fight back!
Bring your energy, your ideas and perspectives to this, most urgent task! Join the International Sudan Conference in Berlin
Fr. 22.11.19, 13.00, O45, Oranienstr. 45, 10969 Berlin Press Conference, and Conference Opening: With governent ministers (invited), GIZ (invited) Eiman Seifeldin (International Crimes Monitor) and the conference organisers. With international press – questions from the public welcome.
Openend networking with conference participants & food, 14.30 to 18.00.
Sa. 23.11.19 International Sudan Conference, Forum Factory, Besselstr. 13-14, 10969 Berlin
11.30 Coffee, Tea, Drinks
12.00 – 13.45: 1 Panel: Revolution and Counterrevolution in Sudan – where is the fightback today?
• Roy Boy, Sudanese Rap
• Video contributions from Sudan
• Dr. Ishraga Mustafa Hamid, Activist, Political Scientist and free writer
• Eiman Seifeldin, International Crimes Monitor
• Christine Buchholz, die LINKE
• Kashef, Egyptian lawyer and revolutionary, Watch the Med/Alarm Phone
13.45 – 14.15 Break14.15 – 16.15: 2 Panel – SudanUprising, Revolution in the South, and the EU -what ́s happening?
what ́s it got to do with us? The fighback in Germany and Europe today with:
Yassin al Haj Saleh, Syrian revolutionary and writer
Ibrahim Algrefwi, Osnabrück, No Lager/Solidarity City/Sudanese Camp Committee
16.15 – 16.45 Break, food and drink
16.45 – 18.00 Relating the Struggles – Over to you: – Workshops with room for speakers an activists – Fightback now!
Chill till late –Party with rappers, Sudanese bands and great food!
Event in English – „Whisper translations“ can be organised in German and Arabic –
Debate contributions in any language we do our best to find a translator for!