Press conference to be held on Khartoum Process and the crisis in Sudan Tuesday 30 July
On Tuesday 30 July, in Buswells Hotel in Dublin at 11am, a press conference will be held to discuss and challenge Ireland’s participation in the Khartoum Process.
The press conference will be hosted by Richard Boyd Barrett TD together with representatives of the Sudanese Community in Dublin. Paul Murphy TD, Senator Alice MAry Higgins and a rep from Sinn Fein will also be in attendance.
Speakers at the press conference will include:
Dr Sarah Mohamed Azhari (Surgical Doctor and PhD student NUI Galway)
Dr Elmuiz Hajaz (Sudanese Community spokesperson)
Sara Cereta (Italian TV Producer and Journalist)
The Khartoum Process is an arrangement between the EU and governments in the Horn of Africa, including the government of Sudan, to channel funds to these governments to inhibit the flow of migrants and refugees from Africa to the Mediterranean and thence to Europe.
In practice this has meant the EU providing funds to the notorious Rapid Support Force (formerly the Janjaweed) and its infamous commander Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known as Hemedti, who also serves as deputy head of the Transitionary Military Council, which has been running Sudan since Omar al- Bashir was ousted by the army after months of protests on 11 April, to patrol the borders with Chad and Libya.
It was the Rapid Support Force who perpetrated the massacre in Khartoum on 3 June which claimed more than 100 lives of peaceful protestors and before that were responsible for virtual genocide in Darfur.
The purpose of the press conference is to challenge the funnelling of Irish Taxpayers’ money to the undemocratic military government of Sudan and through them to the brutal mercenaries of the Rapid Support Force.