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Abel Alier and Mahgoub Mohamed Salih, Sudan
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Human Rights Award 2004

Abel Alier and Mahgoub Mohamed Salih, Sudan

Political context

After a civil war that lasted many decades, the comprehensive peace treaty between North and South Sudan was signed on January 9, 2005 in Kenya. Today - 2 1/2 years later - the implementation of the peace treaty is coming to a standstill and the foundation of trust between North- and South-Sudan is unravelling dramatically. While the country is heading for its first free elections for decades and a referendum on the independence of South Sudan is to be held in 2011, there are still no visible substantial improvements in democratising the country. Additionally, the newly escalated Darfur War (Western Sudan) and crises in other regions jeopardise the stability of the country. If the political difficulties are not surmounted towards a peaceful integration of the regions into the political system of Sudan, the disintegration of Sudan is inevitable.

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The Awardees

With the Human Rights Award 2004, the journalist Mahgoub Mohamed Salih and human rights lawyer Abel Alier are honoured for being leading voices for peace and human rights in Sudan.

Alier and Salih are two symbolic figures, who are respected throughout the country and by all generations. Due to the completely split society of Sudan, the presentation of the FES-Human Rights Award to a South and a North Sudanese is symbolic for the reconciliation between the two parts of the country. It represents the appreciation of these two outstanding characters and sets a positive example in difficult times.

Further Information
Publications Brochure on the Human Rights Award 2004 (German) Links to Publications The Performance of the CPA's National Institutions and the Future of Sudan. Peter Adwok Nyaba (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 2007) Links Website of the International Crisis Group – Sudan. Current website dedicated to the crisis in Darfur, including background information about the political situation and humanitarian circumstances as well as links to aid organisations and UN-organisations Website of the ‚United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ with reports on the humanitarian situation in Darfur (quarterly) and on the situation in Southern Sudan (weekly) Website of the FES Department Middle East and North Africa (German) Website of the FES Office Sudan Website of the FES Conflict Transformation Team (German)