Sat. Jul 20th, 2024

Sudanese authorities have vehemently denied issuing any directives to prevent the issuance of identification documents for descendants of tribes supporting the Rapid Support Forces.

The statements of a Sudanese refugee in Uganda announcing the refusal of Interior Ministry officials to renew his passport, due to his tribal affiliation, in addition to the circulation of an official letter about reviewing the citizenship of some tribes in western Sudan, have provoked wide reactions.

In an official statement on Thursday, the Sovereign Council denied the authenticity of a widely circulated letter talking about reviewing the nationality and national number of a number of tribes in western Sudan, stressing that it was “fabricated and completely untrue.”

The letter carried directives from the President of the Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, to the ministries of interior and foreign affairs and diplomatic missions to stop the evidentiary transactions of members of the Rizeigat, Misseriya and Beni Halba tribes and many other tribes and subject them to review.

The Sovereign Council explained that the parties that fabricated the speech and broadcast it in the media aimed to create strife and spread hatred in Sudanese society.

Police spokesman Brigadier General Fath al-Rahman Mohammed said the rumors that passports were not issued or renewed for members of the Misseriya and Rizeigat tribes at the Sudanese embassy in Uganda are untrue.

For its part, the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied the statements of a Sudanese refugee who confirmed that he was denied the right to obtain a passport after he submitted his papers to the Sudanese embassy in Kampala, where he was informed that he was banned because he belonged to one of the components of East Darfur state.

The ministry added that the legal measures taken by the competent authorities against the RSF, especially after they were declared a “terrorist organization”, are due to “the crimes they committed”.


Osman Mukhtar Mohammadi, a Sudanese refugee residing in Uganda, recounted the incident of preventing him from obtaining a passport, and said that he visited the embassy headquarters on April 24 to complete the procedures, but was surprised that the officer in charge notifies him that he is prohibited by order of the Sudanese authorities under Ministerial Decree No. 54 of 2024.

Since the outbreak of war between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces on April 15, 2023, thousands of Sudanese have fled to several neighboring countries, including Uganda, and some have received them with emergency travel documents.


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