Sudan: The Nuba Mountains International Association (NMIA): structure, relations with the Sudanese authorities, whether it has branches in the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, and if so, their activities
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||29 April 2002|
|Citation / Document Symbol||SDN38846.E|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Sudan: The Nuba Mountains International Association (NMIA): structure, relations with the Sudanese authorities, whether it has branches in the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, and if so, their activities, 29 April 2002, SDN38846.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3df4bea81c.html [accessed 23 September 2014]|
The following information was provided in correspondence received from the secretary of information and public relations of the Nuba Mountains International Association USA (17 Apr. 2002).
The Nuba Mountains International Association (NMIA) was formally initiated in Cairo, Egypt in 1998. Various other associated branches include the Nuba Mountains International Association USA, established in 1999, as well as Nuba Mountains Solidarity Abroad, established in London and the Netherlands in the 1980s, and the Nuba Relief Rehabilitation Development Society in Nairobi, Kenya.
While the NMIA does not officially function in the government-controlled areas of Sudan, it does function in the areas controlled by the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA).
Nuba Vision, the newsletter of Nuba Survival, a self-described "impartial and independent organisation dedicated to promoting the cause of the Nuba people of Sudan," described the NMIA's objectives as follows:
1. To vitalise the spirit of brotherhood and solidarity of the people of Nuba Mountains region.
2. To deepen the sprit of originality and self-confidence through tradition and heritage.
3. To spread awareness of preventive health and education.
4. To increase the knowledge of Nuba society towards socio-cultural and political rights, through education and training courses.
5. To encourage the Nuba people internationally to fund-raise to assist the victims of war and violation, and to invest their financial projects in the Nuba Mountains region in order to develop the local resources.
6. To address the country and the international organisations which are concern[ed] with human rights and developments to visit and to investigate human rights violations (Nov. 2001).
Please refer to the attached document for information on the structure of the NMIA and a list of members of the executive committee (NMIA USA 5 Apr. 2002).
No information on a branch of the NMIA in the United Arab Emirates, or on specific activities carried out by the organization, could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.
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 additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Nuba Mountains International Association (NMIA) USA. 17 April 2002. Correspondence received from secretary of information and public relations.
Nuba Vision [Middlesex]. November 2001. Vol. 1, Issue 2. "Nuba Mountains Association Formed in USA."
Nuba Mountains International Association (NMIA) USA. 5 April 2002. "Our Internal Administration."
Additional Sources Consulted
Africa Confidential 1998-2002.
Africa South of the Sahara 2000.
Europa World Year Book 2002.
Political Handbook of the World 1999.
Political Parties of the World 2002.
Sudan Human Rights Association
US Department of State. Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2001.
Internet sites including:
Human Rights Watch
Keesing's Record of World Events