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Meeting of Reviewing the Impact of American Sanctions against Different Sudanese Sections & Categories Committee

The Global Relations Center has held on Sunday, on 28/02/2016 the meeting of reviewing the impact of American sanctions against different Sudanese sections & categories committee ; the meeting was attended by a group of interested researchers and representatives of various sectors and partner research centers. The meeting's agenda included a paper on sanctions presented by the Foreign Relations Committee of the Parliament.

Dr. Mohammad Mustafa al-Daw pointed out that those sanctions represent a political issue in the first place and there are substantive issues created to manage these questions focusing on the humanitarian impact of US sanctions on Sudan and to examine the various sanctions in comparison with international indicators for sustainable development in the Millennium Development Goals.

Dr. Mohammad Mustafa reviewed the paper prepared by the Foreign Relations Committee of the Parliament, it focused on the humanitarian impacts of coercive sanctions on Sudan. The paper, discussed, at the beginning, the system of US sanctions on Sudan, its types and history starting from the year 1988 on wards. Then it reviewed the impact of sanctions on Sudan on various sectors. Dr. Mohammad Mustafa highlighted the importance of transforming this effect to the specific financial value so that the statistics become even more impressive to the recipient.

Dr. Adel appreciated the comprehensive paper, stressing on the importance of accurate statistics, which serve the goals of objectivity as well as assisting in planning, referring to the paper presented by the Center during the workshop.
Mr. Hamid pointed out that the sanctions regime was characterized by permanent escalating, since it has never been reduced. Contrarily, Sudan has made very intensive efforts and major concessions, but in vain, there is still no hope in lifting sanctions. Sudanese efforts must be reflected worldwide. On the other hand, Dr. Rasheed has talked about the visit organized by the Center to host Douglas Pando from US Cato Center, for deliberating the results gained from the visit and the importance of communication with US and exchanging information about the impact of sanctions on Sudan.

Mr. Mohammed Hassab al-Rassoul confirmed the importance of developing several scenarios to address the various parties’ discourse that fits every aspect.

Dr. Abd al-Mahmoud Alkronky compared between the US boycott against Sudan and the experiences of other countries subjected to US sanctions, pointing that the US sanctions should be considered on top of the Sudanese government priorities and not to be discussed, only, during Naivasha negotiations.
Proposal of the Center

After deliberating about the Foreign Relations Committee paper, the Center proposed, for the Commission to collect and prepare a thorough research on the impact of US sanctions on six Sudanese sectors and categories.

Regarding the health sector, Dr. Alkuronky explained that Sudan could take advantage of the World Health Reports, which maintain very important facts about the deterioration of this sector due the sanctions imposed on Sudan. As well as UNESCO reports on education in Sudan, to benefit from all indicators examined in these reports.

Mustafa Talha Director of Human Rights Center (ups) pointed out the importance of preparing an annual report on the continued sanctions and their effects, Mr. Talha also talked about the importance of technical training so as to take advantage of exceptions or what might be called the partial sanctions release.

Mustafa Abdel Hafiz from the Telecommunications Authority pointed out that the effect on communications domain is indirect and not so serious, reviewing the Communications Commission's efforts, especially through the International communications Federation meetings which had presented some issues such as US-discrimination in granting Sudanese people the right of access to the Internet and the issue of ships and aircraft communication devices. He highlighted the importance of coordinating the efforts related to this important issue.

Dr. Tayeb reminded his participation in the conference of cancer in US in 2012 where he has presented a paper about the negative effects of US sanctions on combating cancer in Sudan, stressing that the exceptions granted to Sudan are useless because of the large obstacles that hindered the proceedings. He confirmed the importance of substantive argument in this case for the recipient desired effect. He also pointed out the importance of identifying target audiences in America.

At meeting closure session, Dr. Adel said that the meeting aimed at collecting and compiling reports from key stakeholders and coordinating to complete the final report, stressing on assembling the efforts made by Parliament, the executive organ, the private sector or civil society organizations in this field. Finally, he affirmed that it would be necessarily required to provide training in report writing, language and presentation of information to submit them to the concerned authorities.

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