Canada/Sudan: Role and responsibilities of Sudanese New Forces Movement (possibly also New Democratic Forces Movement/HAQ) - Canada; connection to political groups in Sudan, U.K. or the U.S.; names of international representatives; reported activities in Sudan
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||13 July 2001|
|Citation / Document Symbol||ZZZ37348.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Canada/Sudan: Role and responsibilities of Sudanese New Forces Movement (possibly also New Democratic Forces Movement/HAQ) - Canada; connection to political groups in Sudan, U.K. or the U.S.; names of international representatives; reported activities in Sudan , 13 July 2001, ZZZ37348.E , available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3df4bed520.html [accessed 18 May 2013]|
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No information on the Sudanese New Forces Movement (or New Democratic Forces Movement/HAQ) - Canada could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.
However, one source mentioned HAQ activities in Sudan. In a news release dated 1 December 1999 and carried on the allAfrica.com website, the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) noted the arrest of 17 members of the "New Forces Movement (HAQ) on 24 November 1999" (OMCT 1 Dec. 1999). The arrests occurred:
whilst they were collecting signatures for a petition to be handed to the presidential palace, urging the government to speed up the reconciliation and peace process and to end the war with the opposition.
On November 25 1999 these detainees were released. However, the leader of HAQ, Al Haj Warraq, and seven other members were brought before the Public Order Courts on Monday 29 November 1999:
Al Haj Waraq, leader of HAQ inside Sudan ... (ibid.).
Information could not be obtained from a New York contact listed in a publication purportedly published by HAQ nor from an address in Canada, listed in the same document, due to a non-existent postal code.
For further information on HAQ, please refer to the information contained in Response to Information Request ZZZ35088.E of 8 August 2000.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT). 1 December 1999. "OMCT Requests Your Intervention Regarding the Situation in Sudan."
Additional Sources Consulted
One oral source contacted did not respond within the time limits of the Information Request.
Africa Research Bulletin
Africa South of the Sahara 2000.
Political Handbook of the World 1999
Political Parties of Africa and the Middle East (1993)
Internet Sites including:
Human Rights Watch