Organized by the Italian Campaign SUDAN: PEOPLE WITHOUT RIGHTS
The Campaign SUDAN: PEOPLE WITHOUT RIGHTS is promoted by a group of associations, NGOs and Italian information organs (Pax Christi, Acli, Amani, Arci, Caritas, Cesvi, Cuore Amico, Mani Tese, Nigrizia) that have been for a long time involved in solidarity initiatives with the peoples of the South, particularly in Africa.|
The Campaign has been active since April 1995, with the aim of supporting the peace process and the respect of human rights in a country that have witnessed decades of conflict. To these aims the Campaign has been lobbying at the political level, with the Italian government. It has promoted a wider and better information on the Sudanese situation, to involve the public opinion, through the use of media and the collection of 50.000 signatures on the initial document. It has organised encounters and meetings to discuss the situation in the country, inviting, whenever possible, meaningful representatives of the Sudanese civil society. It has operated at the concrete level of humanitarian help, supporting the people of the Nuba Mountain ( an area which is excluded from any international humanitarian intervention).
Now the Campaign is in the process of organising an international Forum to bring the attention on the role of the Sudanese civil society in the search for peace and the respect of human rights. The Forum - PEACE PERSPECTIVES FOR SUDAN. A REBIRTH OF THE CIVIL SOCIETY? - will take place in Milan, on September 17th and 18th 1999, and will be organised in three working sessions to address different topics: analysis of the historical and geopolitical dimensions, action for the promotion of human rights, proposals and perspectives for a sustainable solution of the conflict. Each session will be introduced by a non Sudanese key-note speaker followed by testimonies offered by representatives of the Sudanese civil society and members of associations and grassroots groups, operating for peace, inside and outside Sudan. At the end of each session there will be a debate with interventions of NGOs that operate in the country.
The Forum on Sudan is one of the initiatives that will accompany the 3rd Assembly of the United Nations of Peoples, organised by the Italian Table for Peace and the Association of Local Public Administrations for Peace. The Assembly will take place in Perugia (September 23rd-25th) and will be followed by the traditional March for Peace from Perugia to Assisi (September 26th).
See attached program
Forum Program (draft, June 1999)
PEACE PERSPECTIVES FOR SUDAN. A REBIRTH OF THE CIVIL SOCIETY?
Welcome addresses - Friday 17th September 10.30 - 13.00
key-note speaker: Richard Gray, British, professor emeritus of African history at the University of London, author of a History of Southern Sudan 1839-1889 (Oxford University Press, 1961), lecturer at the University of Khartoum in 1959-61.
key-note speaker: Gaspar Biro, Hungarian, former UN Special Rapporteur on human rights violations in Sudan
key-note speaker: Peter Woodward, Professor of Politics at the University of Reading (UK)